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King Crimson
Lizard

  (Item #: kingclizar_2006) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Incredible sound throughout for this vintage Island Sunray pressing with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to it
  • Every bit the sonic equal of the first album - if colorful Big Production Jazzy Prog Rock (with mellotron!) is your thing, you can't go wrong here
  • "Lizard is very consciously jazz-oriented -- the influence of Miles Davis (particularly Sketches of Spain) being especially prominent -- and very progressive, even compared with the two preceding albums."
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Super Hot Stamper

King Crimson
The Young Persons' Guide To King Crimson

  (Item #: kingcyoung_2005) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Outstanding sound for this British Island original with all FOUR sides earning sonic grades of Double Plus (A++) or close to them
  • Forget the Polydor and EG reissues (and anything that's come along lately) - these early British pressings are the only way to hear this album sound the way it should
  • Contains the rare pre-Crimson Robert Fripp demo of I Talk To The Wind, recorded with a female lead vocalist [which can be found at the end of side one]
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...rounded up an excellent, if somewhat idiosyncratic, survey of the group's seven years together, its contents ranging from the unimpeachable classics to unimaginable rarities... the definitive study of the original King Crimson."
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Super Hot Stamper (quiet vinyl)

King Crimson
In The Wake Of Poseidon

  (Item #: kingcinthe_wake_2006ex) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • King Crimson's second studio album arrives with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - quiet vinyl (but there is one mark that plays)
  • This pressing is Big and Tubey, with clear, breathy vocals, especially critical to the success of the a capella opening track, "Peace - A Beginning"
  • This original Island Pink Label British Import LP is pressed on exceptionally quiet vinyl
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Their second album - largely composed of Robert Fripp's songwriting and material from their stage repertory - is actually better produced and better sounding than their first. Surprisingly, Fripp's guitar is not the dominant instrument here: The Mellotron, taken over by Fripp - and played even better than before - still remains the band's signature."
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Super Hot Stamper

King Crimson
In The Wake Of Poseidon

  (Item #: kingcinthe_wake_1909_01) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • King Crimson's second studio album arrives with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • This pressing is Big and Tubey, with clear, breathy vocals, especially critical to the success of the a capella opening track, "Peace - A Beginning"
  • This early Island Sunray LP has a beautiful textured cover
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Their second album - largely composed of Robert Fripp's songwriting and material from their stage repertory - is actually better produced and better sounding than their first. Surprisingly, Fripp's guitar is not the dominant instrument here: The Mellotron, taken over by Fripp - and played even better than before - still remains the band's signature."
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Super Hot Stamper (With Issues)

King Crimson
Lizard

  (Item #: kingclizar_1802_10) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • An outstanding Island pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound for King Crimson's jazzy followup to their groundbreaking debut - the genesis of Prog Rock in fact
  • Every bit the sonic equal of the first album - if colorful Big Production Jazzy Prog Rock (with mellotron!) is your thing you can't go wrong here
  • This early UK pressing plays as quietly as any we have ever heard - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus (with one small issue, see below)
  • "Lizard is very consciously jazz-oriented -- the influence of Miles Davis (particularly Sketches of Spain) being especially prominent -- and very progressive, even compared with the two preceding albums."
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White Hot Stamper

King Crimson
In The Wake Of Poseidon

  (Item #: kingcinthe_wake_1905_9_4ex) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • An exceptional copy of King Crimson's sophomore release boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side one and an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side two
  • The sound is wonderful - here is the Tubey Magical richness that only the right early UK pressings can show you
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Their second album - largely composed of Robert Fripp's songwriting and material from their stage repertory - is actually better produced and better sounding than their first. Surprisingly, Fripp's guitar is not the dominant instrument here: The Mellotron, taken over by Fripp - and played even better than before - still remains the band's signature."
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King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King

A Good Pressing from Mobile Fidelity

  (Item #: kingcinthe_mofi) 



Sonic Grade: B

Another MoFi LP reviewed.

The MoFi pressing shown here is surely one of their best. Unfortunately we have little tolerance for the dynamic compression, overall lifelessness and wonky bass heard on practically every record they ever remastered. One of the reasons your MoFi might not sound wrong to you is that it isn't really "wrong." It's doing most things right, and it will probably beat most of what you can find to throw at it. But it's lacking some important qualities, and a listen to one of our Hot Stampers will allow you to hear exactly what you're not getting when you play an audiophile pressing, even one as good as MoFi's.

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King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: kingcinthe_2017) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

Over the last five years or so we have been prepping for this shootout by buying and trying lots of different pressings. Right from the start we could hear that no domestic pressing was, or was likely to ever be, remotely competitive with the best Brits.

Most later reissues -- domestic or import -- were as flat and lifeless as a cassette, although we admit that some were clearly better than others.

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King Crimson - Larks’ Tongues In Aspic

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: kingclarks_2010) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

For King Crimson, it doesn’t get much better than this original Island SUNRAY Label British Import LP. It sounds great in all aspects -- quiet, TRANSPARENT, DYNAMIC and full of energy. The sound JUMPS right out of the speakers practically the instant the needle hits the groove. (You better watch your volume knob if you value your equipment!)

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King Crimson - Lizard

Our Shootout Winner from 2018

  (Item #: kingclizar_2018) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

  • Incredible sound throughout with both sides of this copy winning our recent shootout and in the process earning our top grade of Triple Plus (A+++). Every bit the sonic equal of the first album, if you colorful Big Production Jazzy Prog Rock (with mellotron!) is your thing you can't go wrong here.
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  • King Crimson - Red

    Reviewed in 2009

      (Item #: kingcred_2009) 



    A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

    This is a Minty British Polydor red label import LP. These British imports are consistently superior to their domestic counterparts. We do not even bother to pick up domestic King Crimson albums anymore; the sub-generation tapes they are made from cause them to be smeary, veiled and compressed. If there are good ones out there we sure haven't heard them.

    As for this copy, both sides are tubey magical and sweet, again, qualities sorely lacking in domestic pressings. Both sides are however a bit recessed compared to the best we've played. Side two is especially dynamic though; the sound really jumps in places.

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    King Crimson - The Young Persons' Guide To King Crimson

    Our Shootout Winner from 2015

      (Item #: kingcyoung_2015) 



    A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

    No doubt one can find original British copies of the albums from which these songs are taken that sound better, but they tend to be quite expensive and extremely hard to find in clean condition. This gets you most of the more important King Crimson material in one handy 2 LP album.

    The Polydor reissues we've played were passable at best, and the Editions EG recut is a complete disaster. I'm sure the cassette produced back in the day had better fidelity.

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