Jeff Wayne and Spinal Tap's Love Child

In The Court Of The Crimson King. Turns out it's not on Spotify, and the full album was removed from YouTube the day I started this. So I am now the proud owner of the 'rejigged for iTunes' album. Was it a worthwhile purchase? Read on.





21st Century Schitzoid Man and Epitaph are both very accessible with formats that make sense and lyrics you can just about get the hang of.


I had a moment whilst listening to Moonchild @ 6.10. It was so wonderful to be able to put a jigsaw piece in place: This must have been such a big influence for Spinal Tap's Jazz Odyssey! (It’s a bit like when I finally saw Bladerunner and was able to see where Doug Naylor and Rob Grant got so much of their inspiration for Red Dwarf* from).

In The Court of the Crimson King is the one I’ve been humming all week. Lots of Prog Rock harmonised “Aaaah!” choruses, a la Dark Side of the Moon which are always good value.


As it so often the case, I wish wish wish it was possible to re-programme your ears to hear like someone in 1969 and truly appreciate how new and exciting this was.


As my first proper foray into Prog Rock outside of Pink Floyd I was very happy and am confident that it should be on my To Do list for this next year. Will I listen to the album again? Definitely (but my mind might wander off during the jazz impro section...)



* Outing myself as a huge obsessive fan in the 80s and early 90s.

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Bethan Clark, 2018