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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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

Other Versions (5 of 281) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
EGKCC 1 King Crimson In The Court Of The Crimson King(Cass, Album, RE) Editions EG EGKCC 1 US Unknown Sell This Version
EGCD 1, 0777 7 86485 2 9 King Crimson In The Court Of The Crimson King(CD, Album, RE, RM) EG, EG EGCD 1, 0777 7 86485 2 9 Netherlands 1989 Sell This Version
SD 8245 King Crimson In The Court Of The Crimson King (An Observation By King Crimson)(LP, Album, Promo, Mon) Atlantic SD 8245 US 1969 Sell This Version
140.8017 King Crimson In The Court Of The Crimson King (An Observation By King Crimson)(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Virgin 140.8017 Brazil 1988 Sell This Version
85 796 ET King Crimson In The Court Of The Crimson King (An Observation By King Crimson)(LP, Album, RE) Island Records 85 796 ET Germany Unknown Sell This Version

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vinyl-79

vinyl-79

March 22, 2018
edited 6 months 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?
mightyvinyl

mightyvinyl

February 25, 2017
One of the most influential albums of the late 1960's. The record that spawned an entire new genre of music (prog rock / progressive rock / classical rock / art rock - call it what you want) with reverberations to today and beyond. Although Robert Fripp tried to "emulate" or continue the style, this initial Big Bang of prog rock was a unique combination of the 6 musicians/writers that were brought together for a moment of time to record this, but then imploded on their first USA tour. Ian McDonald went on to be a founding member of Foreigner (who's first album still merits listening by any fan of the classic "prog rock" style), Greg Lake left with Keith Emerson to form Emerson Lake & Palmer, and drummer Michael Giles traipsed away with McDonald to record the "McDonald & Giles" album and then slip into unlamented obscurity (although he did work on the 2nd Crimson LP as a hired musician rather than a full band member).

Fripp would flounder - to varying degrees of brilliance and/or excess, depending upon your viewpoint - under the King Crimson mantle until the early/mid-70's when he finally found a stable lineup with Bill Bruford on drums, David Cross on violin & mellotron, and John Wetton on bass vocals. That grouping then recorded what is - to some fans, this one included - their ultimate statement with 1974's "Red", which saw Ian McDonald return to the fore. McDonald was going to rejoin the band as a full member, and at one time Professor Fripp had actually planned to turn the band over to him and walk away, but instead he announced that the band "was no more" in a press interview, and left the music business for a few years to study philosophy.

Many have tried to copy the sound of this masterpiece - including Robert Fripp on later King Crimson efforts - but none have ever matched it.

Oddly, the timings of the tracks is very different between the USA and European issues of the original album. I've not done a side-by-side comparison, but would assume this to be an error in the printing and not the result of actual editing between the issues?
Rachmaninov

Rachmaninov

December 8, 2016
Errata corrige....I meant 69, not 71...I always was a cathastrophic scholar, specially in math.
Rachmaninov

Rachmaninov

December 8, 2016
R.I.P. Greg, what a shame, to die with 71 nowaday.....damn cancer. You has been for me always the better voice of KC!

Farewell ! :(
popiland

popiland

December 8, 2016
Hi, I have one copy with ILPS 9111 cover (gatefold Printed in England by Robor Limited) but the label is Polydor 2302-057
Do you think this is mixed copy (Vinyl/Cover) or it's different press not present on Discogs? Thank you for your help.
omgminemine

omgminemine

November 20, 2016
One year prior to the release of Atom Heart Mother