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In the Wake of Poseidon [30th Anniversary Edition]

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King Crimson 31/5/2005

Review

King Crimson opened 1970 scarcely in existence as a band, having lost two key members (Ian McDonald and Michael Giles), with a third (Greg Lake) about to leave. Their second album -- largely composed of Robert Fripp's songwriting and material salvaged from their stage repertory ("Pictures of a City" and "The Devil's Triangle") -- is actually better produced and better sounding than their first. Surprisingly, Fripp's guitar is not the dominant instrument here: the Mellotron, taken over by Fripp after McDonald's departure -- and played even better than before -- still remains the band's signature. The record doesn't tread enough new ground to precisely rival In the Court of the Crimson King. Fripp, however, has made an impressive show of transmuting material that worked on-stage ("Mars" [aka "The Devil's Triangle"]) into viable studio creations, and "Cadence and Cascade" may be the prettiest song the group ever cut. "The Devil's Triangle," which is essentially an unauthorized adaptation of "Mars, Bringer of War" from Gustav Holst's The Planets, was later used in an eerie Bermuda Triangle documentary of the same name. In March of 2000, Caroline and Virgin released a 24-bit digitally remastered job that puts the two Mellotrons, Michael Giles' drums, Peter Giles' bass, and even Fripp's acoustic guitar and Keith Tippett's acoustic piano practically in the lap of the listener. [The 30th Anniversary Edition of In the Wake of Poseidon features two bonus tracks: "Cat Food (Single Version)" and "Groon (Single B-Side)."] ~ Bruce Eder
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Peace-A Beginning King Crimson 0:50
  3. 2 Pictures of a City/42nd at Treadmill King Crimson 8:1
  4. 3 Cadence and Cascade King Crimson 4:33
  5. 4 In the Wake of Poseidon/Libra's Theme King Crimson 7:52
  6. 5 Peace - A Theme [Live Classics] King Crimson 1:15
  7. 6 Cat Food King Crimson 4:51
  8. 7 The Devil's Triangle: Merday Morn/Hand of Sceiron/Garden of Worm [Live Classics] King Crimson 11:30
  9. 8 Peace - An End [Live Classics] King Crimson 2:54
  10. 9 Cat Food [Single Version] King Crimson 2:47
  11. 10 Groon [Single B Side] King Crimson 3:31

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