King Crimson is one of those bands that you either love or hate. Since a young age, they’ve been a band (in every incarnation) that I’ve deeply loved and cared for. So when classics get new treatment, I rejoice heartily, especially if Steven Wilson is at the heart of the improvement. With that said, here’s this:
King Crimson arrived onto the Progressive Rock stage with the ‘waaaayy ahead of its time’ debut, In The Court of The Crimson King (1969). I was twelve and was absorbing everything I could get my hands on and my ears to hear. I had a great enabler in the owner of my local record store. This was one of those albums that excited me to the possibility of Rock and Roll. Of course, some loved, and some hated. Nevertheless, master of the remix arts, Steven Wilson has newly remixed In The Court of The Crimson King for Stereo and 5.1 Surround mixes to be released later this year in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the storied and legendary Fripp band.
For these new mixes, Robert Fripp had tweeted “thumbs up” in his approval. From DGMHQ:
“Robert Fripp gives the thumbs up 👍 for the new 50th anniversary stereo and 5.1 surround remixes of In The Court of the Crimson King at @stevenwilsonhq’s studio – These will be released later this year, more info soon! #kingcrimson #kc50”
This news makes me incredibly happy for it despite the fact that a 5.1 edition already exists. If it makes me happy, then a few of you are also happy! Right?
When exact dates and configurations become known, we’ll fill you in on the emerging details.