Best King Crimson Albums

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1 In the Court of the Crimson King

5 tracks that will bring you to the music paradise

Epitaph was and will forever be eye opening

Greatest prog. record ever

The Rosetta Stone of prog rock.

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2 Red

Have you listened closely to "Starless"? Now THAT's progressive

4 out the 5 songs are so well written and arranged it's hard to imagine how they could be bettered. A 'dark' album with lyrics reflecting subjects like fear, loss and depression. Bruford's drumming is brilliant, Fripp's guitar work is both intricate and surprisingly simple, Wetton's bass playing is powerful and his vocals clear and expressive. Additional instruments (violin, oboe, saxophone and cornet) all fit the music beautifully. The improvised piece, The improvised piece, Providence, not as strong as the rest of the album.

I wish they took providence and made it shorter (like only 3 or 4 minutes) or replaced it with a different song. - SammySpore

Probably the best progressive album of all time

3 Larks' Tongues In Aspic

This is a record for artists only, I never heard a single song of this album on the radio, its because radio only plays brainwashed music!

Absolutely amazing. Every Song is fantastic especially Exiles. Exiles is so beautiful it's genuinely difficult to describe. One of those songs you just have to hear yourself

The most innovative album of the "progressive" golden age. King Crimson turn raw electric.

Goes from heavy riffs to soft violin in one song. No track is bad; though there are "weaker" ones. However, all the weak ones are amazing(The Talking Drum is awesome, and only serves as a BUILD-UP). Which says something. Must-listen. - JBDBIB_Baerman

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4 Discipline

Discipline, Beat and Three Of A Perfect Pair are, in my opinion, the absolute peak of Crimson. By far their strongest lineup and most inspired music. The albums are even presented in primary colors to stress their essentialness!

Greatest chapman stick playing ever. - SammySpore

So much elephant talk about the others. This one is really underrated in my opinion.

This marked another turning point in KC's sound, probably my favorite era.

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5 In the Wake of Poseidon

Much better album than most people give it credit for. The additions of Peter Giles and Keith Tippett as studio musicians made songs like "Cat Food" and the title track some of King Crimson's strongest!

The Devil's Triangle, Pictures of a City, and the title track are all excellent songs. The others aren't bad either. - IronSabbathPriest

Every song on this album is spectacular and it is better than itcotck!

This album is way overrated and isn't spectacular or anything.

6 Lizard

Highly underrated album. The four tracks on the first side are great jazz inspired pieces. But the real masterpiece takes up the entire 2nd side of the album, being the only song over 20 minutes by Crimson. It is one of those songs that its hard to name something they could have done better (well, maybe the second singing part is a little of key, but we'll let it slide).

I think that Lizard is really overlooked...Just listen to the last track!

This is an obscure album, definitely. If you like jazz fusion(never thought I'd associate that with King Crimson), this is an album for you. Worth a try, at least. Found myself enjoying it. - JBDBIB_Baerman

7 Starless and Bible Black

Very creative album. Contains some skippable improvisations but there are some gems. Fracture is my favorite instrumental from their catalog and the nightwatch is BRILLIANT. Lament and The Great Deceiver are also super awesome.

This is a good punch of power that this lineup was legendary for. If this album doesn't sum up King Crimson in a nutshell, then no album does.

8 Islands

This album comforts and calms me so much. When I listen to Formentera Lady or Song of the Gulls or Islands, I wanna lay down and sleep forever. And this is only the 8th best Crimson album in my opinion! Shows you how genius King Crimson is.

Such a soothing album compared to other KC albums. RIP Ian Wallace and Boz Burrell.

I think this is the best album from the 3 between ITCOTCK and LTIA - SammySpore

9 The Power to Believe

Their latest album released a decade ago. Very amazing album

It's in my top 5. Amazing album! - yyschieweck

10 Three of a Perfect Pair

Probably my favorite Crimson album and probably their best.

Hugely underrated, one of their best.

Not the best, but certainly not the worst.

Great album. 3 years after Discipline.

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The Contenders

11 Beat
12 Absent Lovers
13 Thrak
14 USA

Best live prog album EVER. Bulldozing power.

15 The Great Deceiver
16 The Construkction of Light

Amazing album. Filled with greats compositions, like Lark's tongues in aspic 4.. I don't understand why it isn't higher

17 Earthbound
18 The Night Watch
19 Live at the Orpheum
20 Vrooom Ep
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