King Crimson

In the Wake of Poseidon - Island 1970

Tracks: 1. Peace-A Beginning / 2. Pictures of a City / 3. Cadence and Cascade / 4. In the Wake of Poseidon / 5. Peace - A Theme / 6. Cat Food / 7. The Devil's Triangle / 8. Peace - An End / 9. Cat Food [Single Version][Edit][*] / 10. Groon [*]


"In the Wake of Poseidon" has been criticized for reminding a little too much on its predecessor, "In the Court of the Crimson King." Well, of course, there are similarities but also significant differences. Is it, by the way, that bad to point out a masterpiece like "In the Court of the Crimson King"?

A melodic and almost acoustic number like "Cadence and Cascade" is a kind of song you won’t find on the predecessor, so already here you will find a difference between the two albums. This song is also one of the group's most moving, and my clear favorite in this album. Overall, the album more is boundary pushing than its predecessor, which, apart from parts on "21st Century Schizoid Man", is relatively accessible. "Pictures of a City" has similarities with that number, but the verse is more entrenched in the blues, while the instrumental part is more experimental.

The title track "In the Wake of Poseidon" is probably the track which is immediately recalling "Crimson King" the most; with its grandiose melotron and a slowly flowing melody.

The single "Cat Food" might be compared to the Beatles' "Come Together" - obviously a little more jazzy and experimenting.

The long instrumental "The Devil's Triangle" is for hardcore fans, I think, and obviously not the song you introduce to your friend first.

Three short tracks titled "Peace" are scattered throughout the album - quite nice, but apart from "Peace - an End" too short to really make any difference.

Two bonus tracks are the single version of "Cat Food" and the b-side "Groon", which is a jazzy instrumental.

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