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Title: In The Wake Of Poseidon
Artist: King Crimson
Type: Studio Album
Released: May 15th, 1970
Recorded: March - May 1970
Length: 40:56
Label: Atlantic Records
Producer: Robert Fripp, Peter Sinfield


In The Wake Of Poseidon is the second album by the progressive rock group King Crimson. By the time this album was released, the band had already undergone their first change in lineup, however they still maintained much of the style of their first album, In The Court Of The Crimson King.

Also like their first album, the mood of this album often changes from serene to chaotic. The album opens with a poetic vocal piece called "Peace – A Beginning", which is reprised instrumentally in the middle of the album and vocally again at the end. The longest track on the album is a chaotic instrumental piece called "The Devil’s Triangle", which was built around quotations from Gustav Holst's "Mars: Bringer of War" from his The Planets Suite. King Crimson would have called the piece Mars, as they had performed it on tour in the 1969 lineup, but were forbidden by the composer's legal estate. In 1971 a brief excerpt from "The Devil’s Triangle" was featured on the BBC television series Doctor Who. Also, the track samples the chorus from "The Court of the Crimson King", the title track from the band's first album.

Track Listing Edit

Side One Edit

  1. Peace - A Beginning (0:49)
  2. Pictures Of A City (8:03)
    1. 42nd At Treadmill
  3. Cadence And Cascade (4:27)
  4. In The Wake Of Poseidon (7:56)
    1. Libra's Theme

Side Two Edit

  1. Peace - A Theme (1:15)
  2. Cat Food (4:54)
  3. The Devil's Triangle (11:39)
    1. Merday Morn
    2. Hand Of Sceiron
    3. Garden Of Wurm
  4. Peace - An End (1:53)

Bonus Tracks (30th Anniversary Edition) Edit

  1. Cat Food (Single Version)
  2. Groon (Single B-Side)

Musicians Edit

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