In the Wake of Poseidon

King Crimson - In the Wake of Poseidon
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Based on 3 reviews
1970 Ratings: #64 / 104
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Based on 226 ratings
1970 Ratings: #48
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May 15, 1970 / Release Date
LP / Format
Island / Atlantic / Label
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Discography Diaries #7: King Crimson
Album #2: In the Wake of Poseidon
Genre: Progressive Rock, Art Rock
Date: 07/09/2020
Time: 2:20 PM

Continuing on with our dive through King Crimons discography we have the bands sophomore album, In the Wake of Poseidon. In The Court of the Crimson King will be a tough album to follow up, it's a masterpiece after all and a prog classic so I honestly doubt that it can be followed up nor do I expect it to be ,I just want to take In the Wake of Poseidon for ... read more
“In the Wake of Poseidon” is a great early Prog album, that will unfortunately always be in the shadow of the superior predecessor, and in many ways older brother: “In the Court of The Crimson King”. King Crimson was reduced to only 2 members (even though contributions from the original vocalist Greg Lake & drummer Michael Giles appear on numerous tracks), the band was clearly in a transitional period. Robert Fripp luckily was a multi-instrumentalist and was the glue ... read more
What's that? King Crimson's discography is on streaming services now? YESSSSS!!! Robert Fripp? More like Robert FRICK!!! OOOOOHHHHH!!! WHERE YOU AT?!?! WHERE YOU AAAATTT?!?!

On with the review, it looks like we're revisiting "In The Court of the Crimson King"... oh? This is an entirely different album, you say? Well I'll be damned! Yes, they decided to ride off the critical success of their debut by following the exact same structure on "In the Wake of Poseidon". It's not a ... read more
It is always rough to follow up a masterpiece. Its like trying to land on the moon twice.
King Crimson returned right after the enormous cultural moment that was "In the Court of the Crimson", an album that sent and would continue to send shock waves throughout the musical world. The next album after that critical success was "In the Wake of Poseidon", or as i like to call it in the wake of the crimson king. In the wake of Poseidon borrows many of the rules from In the ... read more
In The Wake Of Poseidon is without question a good album, but I feel like it's trying too hard to be In The Court Of The Crimson King and ends up falling in its shadow.

There are quite a few moments in The Wake Of Poseidon that I absolutely adore. All of the main songs were nothing short of great. In particular, Pictures Of A City was a great way to start off the album and ended up being one of the more memorable moments on the entire album. The title track was absolutely fantastic and ... read more
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Track List

  1. Peace - A Beginning
  2. Pictures of a City (including 42nd at Treadmill)
  3. Cadence and Cascade
  4. In the Wake of Poseidon (including Libra's Theme)
  5. Peace - A Theme
  6. Cat Food
  7. The Devil's Triangle
  8. Peace - An End
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Added on: April 14, 2014