Originally Posted by Skylab
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.