King Crimson ‎– In The Court Of The Crimson King (An Observation By King Crimson)

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Island Records ‎– ILPS 9111, Island Records ‎– ILPS-9111
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A1 21st Century Schizoid Man (Including "Mirrors")
Written-By – Lake*, McDonald*, Giles*, Sinfield*, Fripp*
6:52
A2 I Talk To The Wind
Written-By – McDonald*, Sinfield*
5:40
A3 Epitaph (Including "March For No Reason" And "Tomorrow And Tomorrow")
Written-By – Lake*, McDonald*, Giles*, Sinfield*, Fripp*
8:30
B1 Moonchild (Including "The Dream" And "The Illusion")
Written-By – Lake*, McDonald*, Giles*, Sinfield*, Fripp*
12:09
B2 The Court Of The Crimson King (Including "The Return Of The Fire Witch" And "The Dance Of The Puppets")
Written-By – McDonald*, Sinfield*
8:48

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A product of Island Records Ltd.
Produced for E.G. Productions, 'David & John'.
Recorded at Wessex Sound Studios, London.
Pink i label.
Released in a gatefold cover.
Printed and made by E. J Day, London.
Variant1 (A▽2 B//2) came in polylined with blue text ‘U.K. Patent No. 1,072,844 & Foreign Patents Pending’ inner bag.

The tracklisting is taken from the cover. On the label tracks A1, A3, B1 and B2 are divided in separate subtracks which on the cover appear as part of the "normal" track titles.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout stamped (variant 1)): ILPS 9111 A▽2 1 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout stamped (variant 1)): ILPS 9111 B//2 1 5
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout stamped (variant 2)): ILPS 9111 A▽2 1 1 9
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout stamped (variant 2)): ILPS 9111 B//3 1 1 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout stamped (variant 3)): ILPS 9111 A//3 1 1 8
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout stamped (variant 3)): ILPS 9111 B//3 1 1 7
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout stamped (variant 4)): ILPS 9111 A▽2 1 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout stamped (variant 4)): ILPS 9111 B//4 1 2 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout stamped (variant 5)): ILPS 9111 A▽2 1 2 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout stamped (variant 5)): ILPS 9111 B//4 1 1 6
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout stamped (variant 6)): ILPS 9111 A▽2 1 1 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout stamped (variant 6)): ILPS 9111 B//4 1 1 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout stamped (variant 7)): ILPS 9111 A▽2 1 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout stamped (variant 7)): ILPS 9111 B//4 1 1 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout stamped (variant 8)): ILPS 9111 A▽2 1 2 2 9
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout stamped (variant 8)): ILPS 9111 B//4 1 1 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout stamped (variant 9)): ILPS 9111 A▽2 1 2 2 7
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout stamped (variant 9)): ILPS 9111 B//4 1 1 2

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pelleindahood

pelleindahood

April 28, 2020
Does the Variant 1-matrix indicate the "very first" pressing, or is it just a pressing among the others? I'm just wondering since I have this one!
itsyaboi8976

itsyaboi8976

March 27, 2020
Well, this album is very unique. I really like it. Wouldn’t be my top 10, maybe top 20. I really like the flutes on I talk to the Wind, and the vocals on 21st century schizoid man sound like vocals on a Black Sabbath record. I have become kind of obsessing on this record ever since I found it a few days ago. Ive probably listened to the whole thing like 5 times! It’s great!
vinyl-honoris-causa

vinyl-honoris-causa

February 27, 2020
Beautiful record . But the German pressing is missing the soft part at the very beginning of side 1 ,bit curious although... isn't it ?
Old_Boy

Old_Boy

August 3, 2019
While their parents were making 'In The Court ...', the kids were down in the basement making thier own version of 21st Century man https://www.discogs.com/The-Flying-Luttenbachers-Shattered-Dimension/release/13301265
bell-end

bell-end

October 24, 2018
I can confirm that the original pink label island pressing with the 'i' on it sounds better than ANY subsequent pressings.
I guess they just don't make them like they used to. I'm only 39 by the way,I borrowed this from my mates dad and just kind of never returned it.i know,shame on me.
When I first heard this at age 16 I was truly blown away.that was 1995 so I can only imagine what it sounded like in 1969!!!
vinyl-79

vinyl-79

March 22, 2018
edited over 2 years ago
The first UK pressing of this album is the one to own. All other pressings after the original UK have a sound flaw/fault on the right channel from the recording machine (due to a dirty or damaged head) for the copy master tapes sent to other countries. The original master tape was found in 2003. Article from 1992. http://www.elephant-talk.com/articles/fripp-st.htm
orangepill

orangepill

March 6, 2018
does anyone have a non-gatefold version of this album? my copy is just a single cardboard sleeve but I can t seem to find any other info on it
brewisstephen1705

brewisstephen1705

January 3, 2018
I have a copy of itcotck with matrix A3/B4 on the pink island label. I have heard that this album is pretty rare, i think maybe it may have been a promo but I'm not sure about this. Could someone please enlighten me.
andrewo

andrewo

September 3, 2017
the copy I have is A 4U and B 4U on the run out. Its pink rimmed Island label. Blue inner bag with Island logo with address. Is this a first pressing?
Vince_plumber

Vince_plumber

March 5, 2017
I have a copy where the matrix says ilps9111 side-a and ilps9111 side-b. Everything else fits this press. Is it a first press?