Ranking The King Crimson Albums

King Crimson

Without question, one of the greatest assemblies of musical talent to ever fill one bandroom is the inimitable prog rock collective King Crimson. Pushing all compositional boundaries to the brink and beyond, this band epitomizes the spirit of sonic pioneering that made the 1970’s a unique era unparalleled since in terms of musical experimentation in rock music. In fact, if this band were born today in the era of hyper simplistic pop music, their name would only be known by underground fans. They cover music motivated by ‘feel’ and ‘atmosphere’ as well as the equal opposite end of the prog spectrum, music that is mathematically complex to the point of only appealing to musicians and those who demand abstract elements. Here is how their albums are ranked not by me, but by the masses of people who rank albums on RYM (as of 7/31/17)

  1. In The Court Of The Crimson King (1969)
  2. Red (1974)
  3. Larks’ Tongue In Aspic (1973)
  4. Discipline (1981)
  5. Starless And Bible Black (1974)
  6. Lizard (1970)
  7. Islands (1971)
  8. In The Wake Of Poseidon (1970) <- My personal favorite
  9. The Power To Believe (2003)
  10. Thrak (1995)
  11. Three Of A Pair (1984)
  12. Beat (1982)
  13. The ConstruKction Of Light (2000)

King Crimson In The Wake Of Poseidon