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post #16 of 92
!!! Awesome !!!

I am still listening to the first pressing of In The Court Of The Crimson King released by E'G in 1989.

Didn't know people still release stuff in DVD-A, though. No problem for me as my player can do both DVD-A and SACD ... though it has none of the bell and whistles the new generation of players offer.

Wonder if they will be ridiculously pricey ...
post #17 of 92
I played the 2-channel 96/24 tracks from the DVD-Audio disc of the new 40th Anniversary KC "RED" last night, and unfortunately, I wasn't that impressed. Problem is, the existing version that I have, which was also 96/24 mastered and then HDCD encoded, sounds excellent, and seems less compressed

But I will play the 5.1 tracks tonight hopefully - that was the only real reason I bought this version anyway.
post #18 of 92
And indeed - the surround mix is INCREDIBLE. Steven Wilson *only* remixed the 5.1 tracks - not the stereo version (even the 96/24 tracks). So it all makes sense now. The "Starless" in 5.1 is a mind-altering experience.
post #19 of 92
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Originally Posted by Skylab View Post
I played the 2-channel 96/24 tracks from the DVD-Audio disc of the new 40th Anniversary KC "RED" last night, and unfortunately, I wasn't that impressed. Problem is, the existing version that I have, which was also 96/24 mastered and then HDCD encoded, sounds excellent, and seems less compressed
talking about loudness war to the mastering engineer who worked on these releases makes him rather upset: SH Forums - King Crimson in 5.1?

this said, I love the 24/96 5.1 remixes(off the master tapes) of Moonchild and I talk to the Wind...the outtakes are awesome too

are there any other killer songs as much as these two on the other albums
post #20 of 92
OH YEAH - "Starless" from Red is easily as good as those.
post #21 of 92
OK, so my Court of the Crimson King came today - and I am BLOWN AWAY. Unlike with "Red", there *is* a new stereo remix done by Fripp and Wilson, since the original multi-track tapes were available. This takes TWO tape generations off of the previous remasters - and it makes a HUGE difference. The sound quality is an absolutely stunning revelation. The 96/24 stereo version of this, as played through my DVD-Audio player, is nothing short of breathtaking, and will bring absolute goosebumps to any Crimson fan.

Won't get to play the multi-channel tracks until later.
post #22 of 92

I know this is a year-old thread, but there is new news - I got the 40th Anniversary "Wake of Poseidon" and "Islands", both the same DVD-Audio hi-res + CD packaging, remixed and remastered by Steven Wilson.  Both are absolutely spectacular.  For the die-hard Crimson fan like me, this series has been an absolutely terrific development.  I've been listening to both of these non-stop since they came in a week or so ago, and as many times as I have played them both before, it's hard for me to believe how much better these versions sound.

 

Very highly recommended!

post #23 of 92

Can't wait for Larks' Tongues in Aspic!

post #24 of 92

Yeah, me too.  I sure hope LTIA and Starless/BB are coming in 2011!

post #25 of 92
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Originally Posted by Skylab View Post

OK, so my Court of the Crimson King came today - and I am BLOWN AWAY. Unlike with "Red", there *is* a new stereo remix done by Fripp and Wilson, since the original multi-track tapes were available. This takes TWO tape generations off of the previous remasters - and it makes a HUGE difference. The sound quality is an absolutely stunning revelation.

I've recently aquired the 2-cd version of ITCOTCK and yes the re-mixed latest is superb. In some ways, better than the vinyl original - the latter based only on a distant memory. Maybe it's my posh CD player, or maybe it's the Stax O2's, but the level of detail and control on the fast, loud bits is incredible - I can really appreciate the musicianship now - truely a super group - whereas years before the fast bits tended to blur into a messy noise (relatively speaking). I'm usually wary of going back to old favourites for nostalgic reasons, as often they sound so dated. But ITCOTCK was so grand, pompous and pretentious in the first place, that it's just got better with age.

 

Now, not being much of a prog rock follower, this is the only CK album I've ever had, and I reckon I've got room for one more. So any views on what that second one should be? On both music and SQ levels? Hint: I really like the ambient noodling on Moonchild and the flutely bits of I Talk To The Wind. For reasons I can't remember, I've had Larks Tongue.... on long term wish list.   
 

post #26 of 92

My favorite KC album is Red.  But it's much different from "Court". Based on the tracks you said you like, I would go for Poseidon next.

post #27 of 92

Poseidon is almost identical to In the Court, the only real addition is Cat Food, IMO. I would definitely check out Red and Lark's Tongues if I were you, they're both very very solid album. 

 

In other news, I'm really liking Three of a Perfect Pair after a long, long hate affair with the album. I've 'lost' my CD copy of Red and Three of a PP (lent to a friend, and I thought that they had been returned), so maybe it'll be time to check out the Steve Wilson remasters if/when Lark's Tongues comes out. 

post #28 of 92

I have always loved Three of a Perfect Pair.  Awesome record.  I like Discipline a little better, and I like Beat, although it's the weakest of the 3 early 80's KC albums (although all are excellent).

post #29 of 92
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I have always loved Three of a Perfect Pair.  Awesome record.  I like Discipline a little better, and I like Beat, although it's the weakest of the 3 early 80's KC albums (although all are excellent).



I just had never liked the instrumentation and feel, but as my musical tastes have grown a bit, I really appreciate the complex and unique sound. I should definitely check out Beat and Discipline also. 

post #30 of 92
Discipline is an absolute masterpiece.
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