Best King Crimson Albums

The Top Ten
1 In the Court of the Crimson King

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!

The album that started it all, you can't go wrong, one of the most influential albums ever.

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

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

2 Red

I love all King Crimson Albums but for me this is the Signature King Crimson album, Maybe even The Signature Progressive rock record of the 70s. You have many catchy and emotional bits, you have experimental and Improvisational bits, You have some menacing and Heavy metal riffs... Everything you want in a 70s Prog Rock Record is present in this album. And there is nothing to say about the musicians in this record. Fripp, Bruford and Wetton are the best in their business.

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.

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

Some of the hardest prog rock out there. Easily one of their greatest pieces

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.

It's a hard album to get to know, but for a good reason: it's not like anything you know, and it's fantastic. Every song here is great, and their combination is perfect. If you don't like it, listen to it again, and again, and again - Eventually you'll love it.

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.

Hard to choose between Larks and Red, because they're so different in many aspects, yet they are both worthy of the number 1 spot. I probably like this better though. Sometimes.

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!

An interesting new sound to go with a very interesting lineup of Crimson. I do think it's good!

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

Sheltering sky is amazing like all other songs. There are no weak songs like in ITCOTCK or red or poseidon.

5 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.

The live recordings on this album are astounding, and the overall product is very much worth listening through.

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

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).

A truly underrated album. Some of the most experimental material in their entire discography, and who can go wrong with a 23 minute long masterpiece that is the song Lizard.

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.

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

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.

Not quite as good as ITCOTCK, but its got some great standouts, mainly the title track, pictures of a city, and cat food.

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

8 Islands

You can enjoy an amazing story listening to sailor's tale closely. All the tunes sync perfectly to recreate a sailor's journey through a storm. All this without any words!
Formentera Lady is a beautiful song. Islands offers something new on every listen. The other tracks also have something unique in them. This album seems very underrated to me, given the variety it offers.

This album is miles away from the preceding records, the guitar on Sailor's Tale is already close to Lark. Ladies of the Road is what you could't expect from the band so far. The rest is pure poetry...

A very nice jazzy piece, similar to Lizard just a little more toned down. Islands the title track is the standout.

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.

9 Thrak

Red, Larks, Court, and Starless are better but this should be much higher.

I'm a dinosaur somebody's been digging my bones.

Utterly underrated album

10 Three of a Perfect Pair

Probably my favorite Crimson album and probably their best.

Not the best, but certainly not the worst.

Hugely underrated, one of their best.

Great album. 3 years after Discipline.

The Contenders
11 Beat
12 The Power to Believe

It's in my top 5. Amazing album!

13 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

Underrated. A little difficult to get into, but worth the listen

14 Absent Lovers

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.

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

15 USA
16 Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind
17 Happy With What You Have to Be Happy With Ep
18 The Great Deceiver
19 Earthbound
20 The Night Watch
21 Live at the Orpheum
22 Vrooom Ep
23 Live in Toronto
24 A Scarcity Of
25 B’boom: Live in Argentina
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