King CrimsonIn The Wake Of Poseidon

Label:Island Records – ILPS 9127, Island Records – ILPS–9127
Vinyl, LP, Album, Textured
Style:Prog Rock


A1Peace - A Beginning
Written-BySinfield*, Fripp*
A2Pictures Of A City (Including 42nd At Treadmill)
Written-BySinfield*, Fripp*
A3Cadence And Cascade
VocalsGordon Haskell
Written-BySinfield*, Fripp*
A4In The Wake Of Poseidon (Including Libra's Theme)
Written-BySinfield*, Fripp*
B1Cat Food
Written-ByMcDonald*, Sinfield*, Fripp*
B2The Devil's Triangle
B3Merday Morn
Written-ByMcDonald*, Fripp*
B4Hand Of Sceiron
B5Garden Of Worm
B6Peace - An End
Written-BySinfield*, Fripp*

Companies, etc.



Released on the Pink i labels, in a textured gatefold cover.

Tracklist (above), wrong and incomplete, but resulting from inner cover layout text, text form (tracks titles in capitals) and, unequivocally, from side B label, can be considered of historical significance for early UK issues, as side B apparently begins with an untitled 'hidden track'.

Below an updated Side B tracklist, showing the real content on disc:

B1 Peace - A Theme (Fripp)
B2 Cat Food (Fripp, McDonald, Sinfield)
B3 The Devil's Triangle - including:
B3a Merday Morn (Fripp, McDonald)
B3b Hand of Sceiron (Fripp)
B3c Garden of Worm (Fripp)
B4 Peace-An End (Fripp, Sinfield)

B1 'Peace-A Theme' was absent as a title on all UK early issues (no mention of it on cover and label), but it appeared (on cover and label) as track '1' on some first issues outside UK (e.g.US Atlantic King Crimson - In The Wake Of Poseidon ) and on many more reissues.
B1 position was taken here by ‘Cat Food’ instead.
Actual B3 ‘The Devil's Triangle’ did not appear on record cover and label as a main title including subtitles (a,b,c), but as an indipendent track ('2' on label); the 3 subtitles (also looking like indipendent instrumentals) were numbered '3'.,'4'.,'5'. on label.
‘Peace-An End’ was '6' on label, but it should have been track '4'.
Only German Stateside 1970 release King Crimson - In The Wake Of Poseidon , among early issues, seems to show on side B label the complete and real sequence, correct timings included. More info on 'release history'.

Mel Collins of "Circus" appears by courtesy of Transatlantic Records, Gordon Haskell appears by courtesy of C.B.S. Records.

(There are two similar Pink i labels UK releases: King Crimson - In The Wake Of Poseidon also pressed by Phonodisc Ltd. and King Crimson - In The Wake Of Poseidon with textured labels, pressed by Orlake Records).

The first UK pressing of this A1/B1 matrix contains withdrawn version of 'In The Wake Of Poseidon (Including Libra's Theme)', which is longer than that of later pressings (8'26" vs. 7'56").
This longer version was reissued for the first time in CD as a part of 40th Anniversary Set from UK, US, and Japan in 2010.

Runouts are stamped.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variant 1): ILPS 9127 A//1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variant 1): ILPS 9127 B//1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variant 2): ILPS 9127 A//1 L 3 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variant 2): ILPS 9127 B//1 L 1 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variant 3): ILPS 9127 A//1 L 3 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variant 3): ILPS 9127 B//1 L 3 9 9
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variant 4): ILPS 9127 A//1 L 3 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variant 4): ILPS 9127 B//1 L 2 2

Other Versions (5 of 205)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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In The Wake Of Poseidon (LP, Album, Stereo, PR - Presswell Pressing)AtlanticSD 8266US1970
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In The Wake Of Poseidon (LP, Album, Gatefold)Stateside1 C 062-91 458Germany1970
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In The Wake Of Poseidon (LP, Album, Repress, Textured)Island Records, Island RecordsILPS 9127, ILPS-9127UK1970
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In The Wake Of Poseidon (LP, Album)VertigoILPS 9127New Zealand1970
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In The Wake Of Poseidon (LP, Album, Gatefold)Philips6406001France1970



  • Frankensteinrecords's avatar
    I was just wondering whether this edition came with some sort of generic company inner sleeve or it was released with a plain white with no distinct features? Some sellers refer to inner sleeve, but no Picture or description in the notes about OIS on this release page?
    • progfan97402's avatar
      The band already went through lineup changes, as Ian McDonald left, leaving wind instruments to Mel Collins (previous of the band Circus, the band that recorded for Transatlantic, that is, and later all over the place including Camel, The Alan Parsons Project, Clannad, etc.). Mellotron duty now left up to Robert Fripp. Even Greg Lake didn't want to continue on, he simply laid the vocal tracks and left the bass up to Michael Giles brother Peter. Gordon Haskell was brought in for one vocal track, and Keith Tippett for piano.

      Popular opinion is this is a pale rehash of their debut and nothing more. Did they listen to the second half? I mean the quirky "Cat Food", complete with tinkling piano from Keith Tippett would have been out of the question on their debut, and the Mellotron heavy "Devil's Triangle", partially borrowed from Holst's The Planets, which really gets off the deep-end. I remembered back in 1991 when I bought this tripping out as a 19 year old, and glad to start hearing Mellotron on something other than a Moody Blues album. I do have to admit the first half are more in line of their debut. "Pictures of a City" is a horn-dominated piece not unlike "21st Century Schizoid Man", "Cadence and Cascade" with Gordon Haskell on vocals, is more mellow, on the lines of "I Talk to the Wind", and the title track is a Mellotron-laden epic like "Epitaph". It might not be as strong as their debut, but still a worthy followup.


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