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Date Submitted: 7-Mar-96
By: Henry Andrews (hha1 at cornell dot edu)

"This album is generally considered good, but a bit too much like ItCotCK for comfort. I must say that the analogy does hold up to some degree, especially on side one. Overall a good album, especially if you like Court, but I don't think it has the same "classic" status as Court. High points are Cadence and Cascade, and the title track, low point is the latter part of The Devil's Triangle."


Date Submitted: 2-Aug-96
By: Bill Nicholas (newguy at buttercup dot cybernex dot net)

"The common conception is that this album is too much like ITCOTCK, but I think this is a snap judgment. The soft section of Pictures of a City has a layering, careful pacing and texture to it, where Schizoid man is a very, very fantastic jam. "Pictures" shows a lot of growth in writing and arranging. Cadence and Cascade may at first sound like "I Talk to the Wind," but the clean acoustic guitar and flute is a completely different production approach then using the fuzzy, soft fender rhodes was on "wind." As for side two, Cat Food is one of two truly great pieces of fusion (the other, folks, is Frank Zappa's Hot Rats album.) The Devil's Triangle still scares me after ten years, despite the fact that the technology Fripp had to work with was painfully primitive. (Imagine if there were samplers and synclaviers in 1970, what would the Devil's Triangle be like.) Oh, by the way, Fripp managed to pull all this off when half his band had walked out on him. *****"


Date Submitted: 5-Nov-96
By: Michael Zink (dpgumby at csd dot uwm dot edu)

"In The Wake Of Poseidon is by far the best of Crimso's "early years" albums and sits closely next to "Larks' Tongues In Aspic" as the groups greatest. I don't understand why everyone gets down on the third part of "The Devil's Triangle", "Garden Of Worm", being as it is definitely among Crimson's most exciting moments. This could be the greatest album of all time to listen to in headphones at an intense, deafening volume in the dark. As a musician/composer, this has been one of the most influential albums I've ever heard (a list that includes "Larks' Tongues" along with The Beatles' "White Album" & "Revolver", the Mothers' "Uncle Meat", "Freak Out!", & "Weasels...", Capt. Beefheart's "Trout Mask Replica" and Velvet Underground's "White Light/White Heat"), particularly because of "Garden Of Worm". Man, I've never heard anything like this. Crimson never sounded like this before or again."


Date Submitted: 3-Apr-97
By: Mike Pierron (pierron5 at mei dot net)

"This is my absolute favorite Crimson album of all time! A classic in it's own right. I especially like the title track...much like Epitaph, but better! I don't know why so many people get down on this album..okay so it's mellotron heavy like In the court of the Crimson King , but this album is very jazz oriented , especially Cat Food. What's wrong with Fripp wanting it to sound like it's predecessor anyway?! I mean if you like their first album you'll probably enjoy this one just as much, I would think. A lot of people get down on the later part of The Devil's Triangle..I think as with a lot of their music either you get it or you don't , if you don't then simply listen to something else. I really like The Devil's Triangle...scares the hell out of me , but I like it! This or In the Court of the Crimson King would be best if you're just getting into King Crimson...well worth the money!*****"


Date Submitted: 5-May-97
By: jimnbob at ix dot netcom dot com)

"ITWOP came about serendipitously. My sister's boyfriend turned me on to ITCofTCK. OK. For a kid at age 8, this record was a fantastic twist into sinister rock at a time when American music was truly bland, vanilla crap (and still is). Both of my ears were tuned into Britain. It was the only place where rock could be found. ITWOP. The aforementioned boyfriend came back one day, after being told to leave many times by my sister. I ventured onto the porch that hot summer day and he asked if I'd heard "In the Wake of Poseidon." No. "Go get it!" I think I stole the money from mother's purse for this. It seems so silly now, but on those hot summer days in northern Kentucky, with the windows wide open, my little stereo would scream this album to the neighbors. I wanted the stupid neighbors to hear it, for Christ's sake. Pictures of a City!! It was so wonderful to get wound up over this fantastic music. I was the only little kid with long hair in this cow town. I had a reputation for blasting loud music from my room on my cow town cul-de-sac. I fancied myself "progressive" as I listened to the "progressive rock" station WEBN in Cincinnati (aka "Jelly Pudding"). When I purchased this CD, after not hearing it for so many years, all of the goosebumps returned. And they still do. I love this underrated album. I love this incarnation of the band. It is an amazing accomplishment. I just thought I would share these thoughts, silly as they may seem. Anyone else get big goosebumps from this record?"


Date Submitted: 11-Sep-97
By: George Selinsky (selinsky at worldnet dot att dot net)

"'In the Wake of Poseidon' is a more bold, daring, and dark album than 'In the Court', and is the spiritual forerunner of the 73-74 Crimson. Unfortunately, since King Crimson was suffering from it's first breakdown at the time (which became almost an annual event thereafter), it is also not as coherent as their premiere work. However, Fripp's guitar playing is more developed here, and Peter Giles contributes a more exciting bass, leaving Greg Lake to do the vocals (which are superb on this album).

"The album begins with 'Peace', a musical theme that later on re-emerges as a bridge to all the other works. It is not so much a lait-motif as it is a stark contrast to the rest of the album. The lyrics to 'Peace' are a bit dated, however. 'Pictures of a City' is even heavier than '21st Century Schizoid Man', yet shows a more refined use of dynamics and arrangement. 'Cadence and Cascade', a nice and quiet acoustic piece, would have been many times better had Greg Lake sung it (Haskell's voice doesn't stand comparison). The title track is truly superb, a very moving piece, and a very suitable sequel to 'Epitaph' (largely thanks to Lake's excellent vocal performance). 'Cat Food' is a good example of an ominously haunting pop tune, performed with the right blend of humor and seriousness.

"The place where this album truly disappoints, in comparison to it's prequel, is 'The Devil's Triangle'. Before Fripp rearranged this piece (when it was titled 'Mars'), it was very dynamic and exciting, ending with an explosion. Here, Fripp decided to rework the chord structure in the beginning to a more major key (as opposed to McDonald's more beautiful minor arrangement), and decided to make 3 separate sections; an intro, a build up of tension, and the explosion. Regrettably, it was part three where the rule "when it doubt, blow everything up" came into play, and the piece's cacophonous ending drags on for quite a few minutes. In spite of that, the ethereal 'tron flute ending is really beautiful, which nicely segues into the final reprise of 'Peace' (nice, but could have also used a better ending and arrangement).

"Overall, the album is really exciting, despite it's downsides, and truly original."


Date Submitted: 12-Oct-97
By: Steven Nyland (sqmfa at aol dot com)

"This album proved that Robert Fripp, with a little help from his friends, WAS King Crimson. It's totally a studio creation, but this is one of the most blood-chilling, downright eeeeeeevvvilllll incarnations of Crimson, with the title track and every goddamn second of THE DEVIL'S TRIANGLE standing out as way-ahead-of-it's-time orchestrated rock&roll that puts anything that the Bludey Moos or ELP ever released in it's right place : as second rate Crimso's. Take my advice - don't put this record on if you are contemplating the end of a love affair or the death of a close friend. You will want to follow them......

"My only regret with this record is the exclusion of the brilliant, under heard B-side to the CAT FOOD single, known as GROON. That track rocks in a very unique way, and owes an awful lot to Fripp's 1st ever release, THE CHEERFUL INSANITY OF GILES, GILES AND FRIPP. Included on A YOUNG PERSON'S GUIDE TO CRIM KINGSON, it creates an atmosphere that must be closer to seeing Crimso live than any other track ever released, in my opinion.

"But those were the days of LP's..........."


Date Submitted: 26-Jan-98
By: (StarTreks at aol dot com)

"I immediately felt when I started this album that it was a bit of a disappointment. And while I admit that I do not own all the KC albums - this is easily my least favorite (funny, since my absolute favorite is 'In The Court...' and everyone thinks that this one is similar. oh well). I guess - just none of it really excites me, whereas songs like 'The Court of The Crimson King' and 'Elephant Talk' and '...Tangiers...' etc. all excited me immediately."


Date Submitted: 28-Jan-98
By: Nate Olmos (Olmos_Nathan_Lee at student dot smc dot edu)

"I will admit, I was disappointed when I bought this album. It seemed like a total replicate of ItCotCK tailored to fit the first half of the album. "Pictures of a City", "Cadence and Cascade" and "In the Wake of Poseidon" seemed exact replicates of the "21st Century Schizoid Man," "I Talk to the Wind" and "Epitaph". The rest of the album wasn't much better, with the jazz-flavored "Cat Food" being followed by the seemingly incoherent "The Devil's Triangle". The only thing, in my opinion at the time, that provided the album's orginality were the "Peace" segments: "A Begining", "A Theme", and "An End."

"Then, I bought "Epitaph". Listening to how the original band played what came to be called "Pictures" and "Devil's Triangle" on "Poseidon" was a surprise. I also happen to have the "McDonald and Giles" album, whose "Flight of the Ibis" is said to have the original melody to "Cadence and Cascade". As a result, my opinion towards ItWoP changed dramatically. In retrospect, "Pictures of a City" has a more pronounced jazz feel to it than "Schizoid Man" does. It is also better paced, evidenced by the quiet section played after the rapid unison playing. I especially came to like "Cadence and Cascade" a bit better than "I Talk to the Wind" due to the beauty of Robert Fripp's acoustic guitar playing and Mel Collin's flute playing. Peter Sinfield's lyrics are a bit of a problem (can anyone discern the lyrics to "In the Wake of Poseidon" and "Cadence and Cascade"?), but are bearable in the context of the music. "The Devil's Triangle" should have been titled "How to Deconstruct Music the King Crimson Way". I consider it a bold piece of "avant-garde" rock, much like "A Saucerful of Secrets" by Pink Floyd.

"In my present opinion, "Poseidon", though nowhere near the power of the first album, does rank as great album, and it has its moments too. I must complement Fripp for having the determination to make this album considering the turmoil going on within the group (McDonald and Giles had left the group, though Giles plays drums on this album). I give it a rating of 4 stars out of five!!

"I have a question for Mr. Fripp. My understanding is that Greg Lake was still a full member of the group while the album was being recorded. Although I have no complaints about Peter Giles's bass playing on the album, wasn't it pointless to hire him when Lake was already playing bass for Crimso? Or did Lake suggest finding another bassist so he could concentrate on lead vocals?"



Date Submitted: 15-Feb-98
By: (Crimson801 at aol dot com)

"This album is every bit as good as ITCotCK. I make the comparison because the two are alike in many respects. "Schizoid Man" has its "Pictures of a City" and "Epitaph" is remarkably like the title track. Anyway, the over mood of the album is less dreery, with exception to "The Devil's Triangle", which is quite remarkable. "Cadence and Cascade" is up there with my all time favorate Crimson songs."


Date Submitted: 21-Oct-98
By: Myrna Rodriguez Fernandez (myrna.rodriguez at corp dot asempr dot org)

"Bought the record with no previous knowledge of what was ahead, but loving ITCoCk I just knew it had to be "mind-bogling" to my surprise it made me feel like this was disc two of ITCoCK. It is in my perspective a MUST for any KC fan, my favorite, "Pictures of a City" shows impressive musicianship that has nothing to envy later Crimson line ups. In conclusion ITCoCK & ITWoP are one!!!!!!!"


Date Submitted: 19-Nov-98
By: Ryan Kidd (fat420 at email dot msn dot com)

"'wake of p.' my favourite early krimson release - check out live versions of some of the beginnings of these tracks on 'epitaph' set"


Date Submitted: 19-Feb-99
By: Guillermo Ferrer (g26ferrer26 at yahoo dot com)

"I hate comparations, "better than...", "the most..." "The higher song...", "The lower piece...". Have you noticed such a curious thing? Every record of KC is the favourite record of someone, and of course, in his or her humble opinion, the best of all KC records. IMHO, all KC records are masterpieces, all of them with a great degree of quality. There aren't a lot of groups that can presume of such a level of musicianship and creativity. Think in Genesis, by.ex...(Don't hate me!)

"In the wake of Poseidon is just... Wonderful. Hear the use of the mellotron in the title thrack. I love the Devil... I don't know why some people say that is bad (try to play it, if you are so good!). This piece isn't for the mellows, but makes me think, with a very lontaine reminiscence, on Univers Zero. Cat food, a delight. And those great musicians like Mel Collins and Keith Tippet... What to say about Robert Fripp and his acoustic and electric guitars? The guitars, of course, don't sound in such quantity as in the second, the third and the fourth periods, but are just perfect and very nice.1970 was a great year for Robert Fripp, not only with KC. I think in his collaboration with the extraordinaire and unique Van der Graaf Generator, and this genius called Peter Hammill. (Excuse my english, please)."


Date Submitted: 30-Mar-99
By: Stephen De Prospero (StephenfromNY at webtv dot net)

"This really is a great album, even though some would have you belive it second rate compared to "In the Court..." . This recording stands as unique piece of art, the balance of the concept as a whole marks well. I absolutly love the title cut. Devils Triangle is loosly based on Holt' s "The Planets". Truly a great progression from the first album."


Date Submitted: 18-Apr-99
By: Kevin Patrick MacNutt (kevin.macnutt at england dot com)

"A quite nice album, but does not work as a whole the way ITCOTKC does. "Candance & Cascade" and "Cat Food" are the standouts here followed by "Pictures Of The City" and the title track. Unfortunately the rest of the album seems to be filler IMO and seems scattershot and inconsistant. C & C could of used Lake instead of Haskell who is far inferior vocally."


Date Submitted: 3-May-99
By: Donald J. Barnett (dbarnett at uswest dot net)

"Each face in the cover painting seems to correspond to a "character" created and described in the lyrics. If you unfold the album or CD booklet so that all of the painting can be viewed, the faces are arranged as follows:
 
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"1. "Plato's spawn cold ivyed eyes snare truth in bone and globe..."
2. "...Harlequins coin pointless games sneer jokes in parrot's robe..."
3. "...Two women weep, Dame Scarlet Screen shed sudden theatre rain..."
4. "...whilst dark in dream the Midnight Queen knows every human pain."


"5. "Bishop's kings spin judgement's blade scratch 'faith' on nameless graves..."
6. "...Harvest Hags hoard ash and sand rack rope and chain for..."
7. "...Slaves, who fireside fear fermented words, then rear to spoil the feast..."
8. "...whilst in the aisle the Madman smiles, to him it matters least."


"9. "Heroes hands drain stones for blood to whet the scaling knife..."
10. "...Magi blind with visions light net death in dread of life..."
11. "...their Children kneel in jesus till they learn the price of nails..."
12. "...whilst all around our Mother Earth waits balanced on the scales."


"So here are the "12 Archetypes", which I believe Plato himself had some idea about... I really admire Mr. Sinfield, Tammo de Jongh (the artist) and everyone else in KC who came up with this scheme... What other band would ever delve so deep and provide such an intellectual challenge to its listeners?

"Mind you, my little "analysis" of "In the Wake of Poseidon" probably has nothing to do with the actual moment-to-moment enjoyment of listening to the song; I just happened to notice this the other day and thought that others with time to waste might be interested."


Date Submitted: 5-Oct-99
By: John Spokus (whislingtk at hotmail dot com)

""Poseidon" has never been one of of my favorite Crimson albums. I tend to agree with those that say it is too much like "In The Court...", only second rate in comparison;although I always did like "Cat Food". "Devils Triangle" is a total bore which I can't understand why anyone would want to listen to more than once. I never did re-buy this one on CD like the others. In my opinion,"Lizard" was the best album of the early period. "Poseidon" was just a confused period before it."


Date Submitted: 4-Apr-00
By: Fernando Gonzales (luprates at zaz dot com dot br)

"Well,how can I start it? Firstly, I will make comments regardless of any lyrical interpretation, since it is a waste of time(here in ET) to do so. Secondly, if you care to know anything about greek mythology, you're at least 80% in tune with what those lyrics mean(and about 20% for in the court , 15% for Lizard , and 50 % for Islands-or if you know a bit about Hermes Trimegistus and alchemy, or simply history of the world , exceptionally middle ages, you're done, just think. Or if, impressively-to me- you know nothing about it , go to a website called"Promenade the Puzzle".) That said, I must say i'm terrified with such misguidance related to that album: Pictures of a City wouldn't be that underrated if McDonald were still in the band, it is an intrinsincally different tune and dynamics from 21st; jazzier , a soft interlude , plus the fast part-let me put it that way- is just the main riff played faster! Check it out (if you have ears) So, it is pure misguidance , and so it goes throughout the rest of the album... Ah, remember: this is really a Fripp-McDonald-Lake-Giles-Sinfield tune(Check out "Epitaph") Plus, (In comparison to it's original) , Peter Giles crazy bass is tons of times better than Lake's , the guitars , don't even need to say, but , though the bari sax addition was cool, why Fripp didn't allow Collins to play along at the fast part, as McDonald did? That was gut wrenching, and as a saxophonist , that was a huge mistake , for me. Cadence: lovely melody, again miscredited (It's really Fripp-McDonald-Sinfield) since parts of McDonald's original melody(Turned to "Flight of the Ibis" on McDonald & Giles-which is also beautiful, perhaps more , but lacking complexity and sublety as Fripp's arrangement and melody and perhaps, to me, a medley of both would be just the best thing!), as the piano arpeggio and the cadence(Truly!) after the first verse (Which is the main melody for"ibis") but, anyway, it is in fact a more beautiful tune than "Wind" (reasons being Fripp's acoustic and celesta, Tippet's piano and , of course, Mel Collins fragile and spirit-touching flute; couldn't care less for Haskell's vocals: the suit it perfectly-personally I think Lake's voice wouldn't have that softness and huskiness, as Belew did !). In the Wake: fine, if not for a few notes,the main melody would be the same as"Epitaph" but, Lake's voice here almost rip off tears of my face(Specially in the chorus-which,this time, has nothing to do with "Epitaph" and is also the melody of the song's interlude, Libra's Theme" which makes the big and beautiful difference, making it, again in my opinion , better than the aforementioned tune-) and the focus, instrumentally, here, is on the acoustic guitar and the Mellotrons(Yes, in this one there are at least 3 'trons) which are superb. And Michael Giles thundering drums, also to cry for!

"So far, I see little resemblance with ITCOTCK, but, I see some. Then, I think that the Peace concept and beautiful melodies make it different. This album, so far, actually sounds to me very liquid, very water-like,differently from in the Court. Then there comes Cat Food: apart from acknowledging Keith Tippet's master of mayhem jazz piano, everything to me sounds perfect in this song. Just listen to it, and you'll see no comments whatsoever are needed to be made about this wonderful song (Like I say,to comments asking or affirming , in any song, particularly this one, if it is this or that, jazz rock or whatever-I also answer this to those who ask me "Is King Crimson prog rock?"-let me tell you, no , it is absolutely undeniably KING CRIMSON, that's what it is!) Now, the evil tune, which according to the LP releases are either FOUR separate tunes (European) , or the actual adaptation over "Mars" INCLUDING three more parts (American),that would be Merday Morn (To remember you , "Fwaaaaaaa!"),then Hand of Sceiron (The timing on the Atlantic release indicates that this is the wind part only, and I believe so,only 33 seconds - have you ever been in the Sceironian rocks in Greece, or know about the tale of the big evil windstorm that made the travellers almost fall from there?), then Garden of Worm, which to me seems also a bit of Fripp's mockery regarding classical music and some irony towards the "Big rise and fall of the Crimson King"-the band's split , after such an imponent empire raised...you people know what i,m talking about and the 'tron harpsichord arpeggios plus some little things here and there prove my classical theory(since I've heard that before,definitely not from a rock-related ensemble)and the "BIg..." theory is proved by the piece of "In the Court" added to the chaos. So, this is another truly underrated masterpiece, which is to me as well as to many, THE most evil sounding thing on Earth, with it's buildup bursting more and more into total panic and then falls into total chaos and dementia, therefore Garden of Worm keeps the evil mood of the song very high fuelled, and doesn't break it's coherency, despite many people's opinions(To my belief,of course), just leading you from the depths of total lunacy and despair (This time, you can say that the'waters' of this album were damn turmoiled,and how!) to the beautiful 'tron flutes, and the waters get calm and soothing again, leading to the last , and beautiful 'Peace' segment. Now, that to me is a beautiful yet frightful voyage(saying trip cheapens it's true value) that I encourage everyone to try, a perfect predecessor to 'In the Court". I hope more and more Crimson fans get to know that.(Please no uptightness; let's 'open' our ears widely!) No McDonald, but still valuable; an ensemble of extremely gifted musicians pulling out an incredibly beautiful work(And P. Giles kicks more ass in bass than Lake,ha!)."


Date Submitted: 20-Apr-00
By: Darryl Weppler (zravkapt at yahoo dot ca)

"A real dissapiontment after the revolutionary first album, but nonetheless a good album. All the "Peace" parts are truly a waste, and they make the l.p. even less enjoyable. "Pictures Of A City" is great, but it does sound a bit too much like "21st Cent...". "Cadence And Cascade" is a good tune, and Gordon Haskell's voice fits the song well. The title track is impressive, but not near as much as "In The Court...". "Cat Food" is a standout, with great playing and singing. "The Devil's Triangle" is the real standout; an almost neo-classical/avant-garde piece with parts of Holst's "Mars" thrown in. Overall, a really good album. 3.5 out of 5."


Date Submitted: 1-Aug-00
By: Barb Scott (barbarascott at hotmail dot com)

"I bought ItCotCK almost a year ago and loved it, Particularly Greg Lake's Vocal's and bass playing. So I read up on King Crimson, and found out about their break-ups. In my opinion this is the last great Crimson album with the original haunting feel. This is the last album combining Pete sinfield's beautiful words, Lake's haunting vocals (which were never matched in ELP, even though I'm a huge fan), and Ian McDonald's sublime song writing on a few tracks. Although KC now is very good, they will probably never again match the intensity and fire of the first 2 albums.

"I admit that ItWoP sounds alot like ItCotCK, but when you have a great formula, you should go with it. ELP did the same thing with the next 3 albums after the first one, and look how successful they were in the early 70's."


Date Submitted: 21-Oct-00
By: Eric (ericodijk at wanadoo dot nl)

"I understand why people think this one is not as good as the first one, it is not recorded by a band. This is a project album, recorded by Fripp and Sinfield, with two members on their way out (M.Giles & G.Lake), one member just stepping in and doing not that much yet (Collins) plus two session musicians (P.Giles & G.Haskell). Haskell sings better on this one than on Lizard. Fripp was just starting out on the mellotron so it is not as present as on Court. That's too bad, since it was a very important instrument on early KC albums. Still, there is a lot to enjoy on this album, like the title track, Pictures Of A City and Devil's Triangle, which is actually a rewritten version of Mars, that they played a year earlier. The line-up that toured for this album was a line-up that started a lot later: the one with Boz. He had to tour for both Poseidon and Lizard, he is not exactly the right person to do it, not saying he's bad, but he belongs on Islands. Still, a great album."


Date Submitted: 12-Feb-02
By: Richard Vasiliy (tijemart at yahoo dot com)

"Record rating 7.
"Overall rating 12.

"Best song THE DEVIL’S TRIANGLE.
"Worst song CADENCE AND CASCADE.

"The 2nd KC’s album to compare with previous has some lacks. All the songs as individual tracks are almost such good as the songs from IN THE COURT, but being recorded on the album they sounds not as "united" ones. Thus the album is rather uncompleted. That’s because many songs were recorded with different line-ups, as you know, that time some musicians (Lake, Giles brothers) have left the band. Also some of the songs haven’t carried new ideas and they even repeated old ones from IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING in some senses. For example, PICTURES OF A CITY and the title track. But anyway the album is ear-pleasant.

"It begins with short 1st part of PEACE, where Lake sings as echo in a big hall, and it sounds very mystically. Then aggressive PICTURE OF A CITY follows; it’s the continuation of 21st CENTURY SCHIZOID MAN as lyrically as mystically - it’s about technocratic world and has sharp metal sounds of guitar and winds. The next song is nice and gentle ballad named CADENCE AND CASCADE. It has a wonderful melody, but I cannot understand what its lyrics mean (maybe am I too stupid?), they are very "foggy" to me. Some people guess that it’s the outtake of I TALK TO THE WIND, but I don’t think so, they are unlike to each other; CADENCE AND CASCADE has absolutely another melody, arrangement and it gives me perfectly another impressions. But the next following title-track is the real outtake of maybe three songs from previous album (I TALK TO THE WIND, EPITAPH and IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING) with its mellotronic sounding, late-medieval melodies and soft singing of Mr. Lake. Then the 2nd (instrumental) part of PEACE follows, which gives me so quiet mood before aggressive sounding CAT FOOD (oops! I’ve written some poetry J). This song became a "star-hour" of new keyboardist Keith Tippett, whose unforgettable atonal piano-playing made CAT FOOD one of the most famous songs of KC and mine 2nd favorite one on this album.But my favorite composition of the album follows after. It’s the epic instrumental THE DEVIL’S TRIANGLE, which consists on three parts. Oh, it’s so impressive! Fripp’s guitar connected with mellotron sounds like an orchestra of Marching Soldiers, and really, when I listen to the beginning this composition, I feel the smell bullets and fire. Though I must say that the 1st part of it - A ERDAY MOM - is the cover of MARS, THE BRINGER OF WAR (the suite of classical composer Holst). But the apogee of the composition (and of the album too) follows after the pause between the 2nd part HAND OF SCERION and the 3rd part GARDEN OF WORM, which sounds atonally, aggressively and powerfully, with drums sounding as gigantic hammers. Before this grand noise is finished you can hear some-seconds-sounding piece of the title track of IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING, which sounds as if from nowhere. All the suite can remind you a terrible battle, sometimes it seems as if you take part in it al, lose your soldiers-friends and kill your enemies...And as conclusion you listen the last 3rd part of PIECE: a calm, gentle singing of Lake with acoustic guitar."


Date Submitted: 4-Apr-02
By: (WeatheredWall at aol dot com)

"The second offering from King Crimson as Fripp (somewhat reluctantly) takes control of a musical direction that once grew spontaneously out of the combined force of the original foursome. At first listen, it appears that the new band simply reworked the format of Court. In all fairness, however, most of the material on the first side is quite satisfying though it seems all but identical to that of the first album.

"But if the first side of Wake should be known as "In The Court . . . Revisited," then in the second side we have the embryonic stirrings of Lizard. The humor of Cat Food and the charging rhythms of The Garden Of Worm are two fine examples of the nature of things to come.

"A meticulously beautiful rival to its predecessor, Wake continues to exalt, though it never quite emerges from Court's shadow. Unfortunately it sports one of the few album cover choices by Crimson which should have been rethought."


Date Submitted: 14-Jan-04
By: Scott McFarland (mcfarland at ac-tech dot com)

"I have always seen this record as Fripp and Sinfield, who didn’t want the original band to end, doing their best to make the second record that that band might have made, on that band’s behalf. It’s true that Side 1 resembles the debut album to a startling extent – still, “Pictures of a City” is exceptional music. Side 2 is even more worthy of the band’s name – “Cat Food” is an extraordinary musical track, and “The Devil’s Triangle” is an extraordinary if dark trip (kudos to Fripp for getting the most dark and violent sounds out of a mellotron possible)."


Date Submitted: 28-Jan-03
By: Simon Brigham (slb23 at shaw dot ca)

"In The Wake of Poseidon in someways better, but mostly the same as In The Court Of . . . . "Pictures of a City" is too close to "21st Century Schizoid Man" for comfort. Maybe a bit more jazzy, but quite the same. "In the Wake of Poseidon" has better lyrics than "Epitaph". The music is pretty much the same, though "Epitaph" has a more stately and majestic beginning. All three "Peace" songs are basically throwaway tracks, though the acoustic guitar version is quite nice. "Cadence and Cascade" is a VERY BEAUTIFUL song. Perhaps a bit better than "I Talk to the Wind". Gordon Haskell's vocals are quite nice. (He would later do vocals on Lizard, where they were rougher.) "Cat Food" is a nice pop tune with wild piano by Keith Tippet. He is VERY TALENTED! Then comes the most evil piece of music I've heard in a while (yes, it even beats out the title track of Red for most evil KC song.) Those evil tritones played by the mellotron, that eerie wind in the middle, the sample from "In The Court of The Crimson King" at the end, it's all very menacing.

"All in all, I think In The Wake of Poseidon rivals, or even is (gasp!)GREATER than In The Court of The Crimson King."

Peace - A Beginning

Date Submitted: 7-Mar-96
By: Henry Andrews (hha1 at cornell dot edu)

"Short vocal song- no instrumentation. Nice melody, but Greg Lake's voice is not wonderfully suited to this style of singing. This is the first of the three Peace tracks, and just makes a nice little intro to."

Pictures of a City

Date Submitted: 7-Mar-96
By: Henry Andrews (hha1 at cornell dot edu)

"In many ways this seems like 21stCSM part II. Harsh vocals, loud riffs, and fast disjoint passages are all present here, but there's also a nice quiet bit carried by Peter Giles on bass. Only one vocal melody, but alternated with the different instrumental breaks it works fairly well."

Cadence and Cascade

Date Submitted: 7-Mar-96
By: Henry Andrews (hha1 at cornell dot edu)

"This track fills the same function as "I Talk to the Wind" on ITCotCK, but the main feature here is Fripp's acoustic guitar, with good ornamentation by Collins on flute and Tippet on piano. Gordon Haskell does a pretty decent job on vocals, and doesn't sound as strange as he does on _Lizard_. A highlight of the album."


Date Submitted: 7-Nov-00
By: Phil Stanton (square116 at hotmail dot com)

""I Talk to the Wind" In Color...

"I cannot believe that there hasn't been more written on this song here. "Cadence and Cascade" is absolutely gorgeous, the most thrilling moment on the LP. I mean this sincerely. I know that the "Devil's Triangle" is louder and that the title track is more of the classic sound, but "Cadence and Cascade" is, in my opinion, the PERFECT Sinfield/Fripp collaboration.

"It is flawlessly concocted. From the opening notes we know that we will be taken on a mellow, contemplative journey. The sounds cascade past the ears like the flowing water of a small waterfall over pebbles and rocks into a tiny creek.

"Sinfield's evocative and impressionistic lyrics are given the perfect kid-staring-out-the-window-at-an-April-shower-on-a-Sunday-afternoon treatment from Haskell. Each syllable and note is rendered with the utmost care, dedication, and humanity. It is innocent and mature all at once. The calmness evoked in this song is that of a child and that of an elderly man simultaneously.

"Don't get me started on Collins's flute solo. Let's just say that the heavens open up briefly.

"I can't say enough good things about this song and this performance, so I will not attempt to do so."

In the Wake of Poseidon

Date Submitted: 7-Mar-96
By: Henry Andrews (hha1 at cornell dot edu)

"Some people say this is Fripp trying to prove that he could have written "The Court...", but who cares- it's a great song. Yes, it's drenched in glorious mellotron, and M. Giles does some wonderful tumbling drum passages throughout. Classic early Crimson in the same style as "The Court.." and "Epitaph" and a great way to round out side one."


Date Submitted: 6-Oct-96
By: Fernando Perdomo (FPerdomo at IX dot Netcom dot com)

"The Mellotron, a marvel of primitive artistic urges and technical genius is used in it's finest form on "In the Wake of Poseidon. Two years ago, I purchased this album as a cheaper intro to KC than ITCoCK. This son just made me scream for more. The intro is the most amazing piece of "Doom Rock" I have ever experience. Throwing away the comparisons with "Epitaph" I prefer this tune because of Peter Giles' amazing and Influential bass expertise. The song is as beautiful as rock will ever get. An extremely underrated masterpiece!"

Peace - A Theme

Date Submitted: 7-Mar-96
By: Henry Andrews (hha1 at cornell dot edu)

"Oddly enough, this track is not listed on the LP, but is present. Here the melody from Peace - A Beginning returns, with new additions, as a brief, mainly acoustic guitar interlude. Quite pretty."


Date Submitted: 7-Nov-00
By: Phil Stanton (square116 at hotmail dot com)

"This is more than a charming interlude. Fripp here demonstrates a dexterity and fluidity not seen on the first album, excepting, perhaps, his guitar solo on "I Talk to the Wind."

"The liberal use of major-seventh chords make this performance a real gem. There is something stoic, steadfast, and true about the performance that borders on sentimentality, but never quite gets there. It is beautiful--yet it is a knowing, weathered beauty. The calm before (and after) the storm, but so much more.

"Fripp's soul."

Cat Food

Date Submitted: 7-Mar-96
By: Henry Andrews (hha1 at cornell dot edu)

"This is the odd track on the album. It was released as a single (slightly different edit) before the rest of ItWoP was done, and sounds a bit different. It's also where all of the ItCotCK vs. ItWoP comparisons break down. Someone on r.m.p described it as "dark jazz", which seems good to me, if you note that it is also rock. Keith Tippet does some good strange runs on the piano, that show you how to hit nearly random notes without being out of key."

The Devil's Triangle

Date Submitted: 26-Feb-96
By: James Hines (cheevy-james at mail dot utexas dot edu)

"This is THE most evil song King Crimson have ever recorded. A total "death of the universe" by the mellotron. Suggestion: don't listen to this one with headphones, alone in your room, unless you want to royally mess up your mind for a few hours and scare yourself to near death."


Date Submitted: 7-Mar-96
By: Henry Andrews (hha1 at cornell dot edu)

"There is occasionally some debate over whether this track was inspired by Holst's "Mars", or just *is* "Mars". Crimson did cover "Mars" as part of the tour after ItCotCK

Part one, Merday Morn-
Basically "Mars" on drums and mellotron, with the other instruments adding emphasis. Starts off extremely soft, just drums, and then builds up from there. IMHO, this part is rather well done.

Part two, The Hand of Scieron-
The same theme returns, but with heavier instrumentation and more ornamentation, sometimes rather chaotic. The power builds well here, ending in the sound of loud wind with an occasional drum hit, which then becomes the next part. Things start to fall apart a bit here, but still not bad.

Part three, The Garden of Worm-
Here they pull out all the stops. In this part, I think they go to far with chaotic ornamentation, and the piece loses coherency. However, the first time the rather warped harpsichord-ish bit comes in is rather nice, and the rippling mellotron-flute outro in kind of nifty. In the middle of the most random part, there is an odd sample of "The Court.." in the background, just before the song dissolves into the mellotron-flute wash. Because it doesn't really hold together well, this part just rates the description 'interesting...'."


Date Submitted: 24-Sep-98
By: tedeschi (tedeschi at une dot edu dot ve)

"Do you wanna meet the Devil itself... acid and The Devil`s triangle will guide you in a mistic road to hell... then you will suffer... die... and reborn again in Peace...an end"

Peace - An End

Date Submitted: 7-Mar-96
By: Henry Andrews (hha1 at cornell dot edu)

"Combines the lyrics and melody from Peace - A Beginning and the instrumentation from Peace - A Theme, for a nice ending to the album, kind of bringing it full circle. Once again, quite pretty, and I rather like the lyrics for the whole Peace cycle."
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