12-17-08 The first King Crimson album
Interesting to me, my involvement with this iconic album. It was by noticing it that I became aware of King Crimson. I believe it was at a Wallach’s
“What’s that?”, I asked. A woman (who would’ve been all of perhaps 20 years of age, to my 12) says to me, “That’s so ugly!”. “Will you sell it to me?”, I innocently ask. It got marked “99 cents”, and was put out in what was known as the “bargain bin”. And I’ve never looked back.
I remember offending someone at my school (one of the college students who watched the kids at lunchtime?) by referring to the debut K.C. LP (or indeed to any pop music) in superlative terms, such as “That’s the best record!” or maybe “That’s my favorite record!”. “Why talk about music like that?” – or thereabouts. What? The sourpuss must’ve only liked Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell!
I first saw K.C. live in 1973, on the “Larks’ Tongues” tour. At that point, I think they were trying to distance themselves from the iconic nature of the debut K.C. album. Were they even selling shirts, at that point? I doubt it, otherwise I would have a very old T-shirt of it in my stuff! I think at that point, it was all about “moving on” – and not “dwelling on the past”. Took a few years for pop culture nostalgia to really rake in the attention / bucks.
I seem to recall Mr. Fripp speaking about the cover of the LP, that it had been hanging in the offices of the management company that he had been working with, not being cared for. The outcome of that is that the painting of it is in Mr. Fripp’s possession, apparently. Fair enough. And it’s rather fitting that the man who created K.C.’s image only ever did one LP cover (then he passed away).
In summer of 2007, I went to
And lately, we’ve seen that the debut K.C. album ranks very highly in
I have 6 or 7 variants on it – US &
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