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The Best King Crimson Albums of All Time

Updated October 13, 2018 6.9k votes 1.1k voters 11.0k views15 items

List RulesThis list includes studio albums only, so if you add an album make sure it's a proper studio release.

King Crimson is one of the best rock bands of all time. Since they’re such an influential band, let’s rank the best King Crimson albums, with the help of your votes. Formed in London in 1968, King Crimson was born from Giles, Giles and Fripp, and developed into one of first, and the most influential bands of prog rock. Led in part by guitarist Robert Fripp, King Crimson’s complex song structure and extended instrumental sections of their songs ushered in a new genre of music that would heavily influence early Genesis and Brian Eno. Popular albums include Red (1974) and In the Court of the Crimson King (1969).

This King Crimson discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top King Crimson albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included King Crimson singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest King Crimson album isn't high enough on the list, then be sure to vote for it so it receives the credit it deserves.

This list of popular King Crimson CDs has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order of this list isn't just one person's opinion. Make sure you don't just vote for critically acclaimed albums; if you have a favorite King Crimson album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

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    1. 21st Century Schizoid Man
    2. I Talk to the Wind
    3. Epitaph
    4. Moonchild
    5. The Court of the Crimson King

    • Release Date: 1969
    • Artist: King Crimson
    • Tracks: 21st Century Schizoid Man (including Mirrors), Moonchild (including The Dream and The Illusion), Epitaph (including March for No Reason and Tomorrow and Tomorrow)
    • Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock, Hard rock, Jazz fusion, Experimental rock
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  • 1. Red
    2. Fallen Angel
    3. One More Red Nightmare
    4. Providence
    5. Starless

    • Release Date: 1974
    • Artist: King Crimson
    • Tracks: One More Red Nightmare, Starless, Providence
    • Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Heavy metal, Hard rock, Jazz fusion, Experimental rock
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  • 1. Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part One
    2. Book of Saturday
    3. Exiles
    4. Easy Money
    5. The Talking Drum
    6. Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part Two

    • Release Date: 1973
    • Artist: King Crimson
    • Tracks: Book of Saturday, Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part Two
    • Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Heavy metal, Hard rock, Jazz fusion, Experimental rock
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  • 1. Elephant Talk
    2. Frame by Frame
    3. Matte Kudasai
    4. Indiscipline
    5. Thela Hun Ginjeet
    6. The Sheltering Sky
    7. Discipline

    • Release Date: 1981
    • Artist: King Crimson
    • Producer: Rhett Davies
    • Tracks: Discipline, Indiscipline, The Sheltering Sky
    • Length (mins): 00:38:15
    • Genres (Music): Progressive rock, New Wave, Post-punk, Experimental rock, Industrial rock
    384
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