Best King Crimson Albums

The Top Ten

1 In the Court of the Crimson King

When I first listened this album I was like in heaven.
All 5 songs are fantastic.

21st Century Schizoid Man - An actual sign of early heavy metal!
I Talk to the Wind - A nice, calming track after the chaos of the opener.
Epitaph - A unique masterpiece with amazing strings.
Moonchild - More like a movie soundtrack than a song, but amazing!
The Court of the Crimson King - A closer that brings all songs together!

In the courts of the crimson king, is the best prog rock album of all times! (after dark side of the moon)

Perhaps the strongest debut progressive rock album. - JamshedpuNed

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2 Red

One of King Crimson's best albums ever, extremely hard to beat, though ITCOTCK comes first.

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

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3 Larks' Tongues In Aspic

Every song on this album is brilliant. The stand-out track Larks�' Thoungs.. being devided into two pieces at the beginning and the end of the album Unifies the entire project to one cohesive listen. This album unifies everything that makes the band great. Starting at deep lyrics to the dark raw progressive sound, not to mention the powerful instrumental passages, making this album one complete peace that deserves to be listened to.

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

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!

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

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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.

I think this is the greatest album ever - JhonsV

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5 Starless and Bible Black

I would personally put this at number four. One of Crimsons best easy. - Ninjaturtlesforpresident

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.

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 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.

8 Islands

I agree Court is the best, but this album is SO UNDERRATED that I had to give it my vote. - Harry_Lime

Sailor's tale is a masterpiece

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.

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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 Thrak

Utterly underrated album

The Contenders

11 Beat
12 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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13 Absent Lovers

King Crimson's best live album - and arguably one of the best live albums of all time.

This is as good or even better than USA - all the songs within match or surpass their original recorded versions. I saw this tour and believe me it was spectacular.

14 Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind

No way this is at the bottom

15 USA

Best live prog album EVER. Bulldozing power.

16 Earthbound
17 Live at the Orpheum
18 The Great Deceiver
19 Live in Toronto
20 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

21 The Night Watch
22 Vrooom Ep
23 Happy With What You Have to Be Happy With Ep
24 B’boom: Live in Argentina
25 A Scarcity Of
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