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King Crimson
In The Court Of The Crimson King

  (Item #: kingcinthe_1802_1807) 

Our Price: $749.99

  • With two sides rating a Triple Plus (A+++) or very close to it, this was one of the best copies in our most recent shootout
  • We had a wide variety of Islands (Pink and Sunray) and UK Polydor pressings, and if you want to know which of them sounds the best all you have to do is buy this LP!
  • At good loud levels the horns blasting away on 21st Century Schizoid Man are guaranteed to blow your mind on this copy
  • 5 Stars: "The group's definitive album, and one of the most daring debut albums ever .... it blew all of the progressive/psychedelic competition out of the running, although it was almost too good for the band's own good -- it took King Crimson nearly four years to come up with a record as strong or concise."
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King Crimson
In The Court Of The Crimson King

  (Item #: kingcinthe_1806) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With two seriously good sides rating a Double Plus (A++), this UK Island was one of the better sounding pressings we played in our recent shootout
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl for an import record from this era - they don't make them any quieter in our experience
  • At good loud levels the horns blasting away on 21st Century Schizoid Man are guaranteed to blow your mind
  • "The group's definitive album, and one of the most daring debut albums ever .... it blew all of the progressive/psychedelic competition out of the running, although it was almost too good for the band's own good -- it took King Crimson nearly four years to come up with a record as strong or concise."
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King Crimson
In The Wake Of Poseidon

  (Item #: kingcinthe_wake_1804_) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • King Crimson's second studio album debuts on the site with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER 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 lovely original Island Pink Label British Import LP has a beautiful textured cover and plays as quiet as we can find them, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The record..., however, has made an impressive show of transmuting material that worked on stage ("Mars" aka "The Devil's Triangle") into viable studio creations, and "Cadence and Cascade" may be the prettiest song the group ever cut."
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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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