50th Anniversary of In the Court of the Crimson King
An Observation by King Crimson
King Crimson’s iconic In The Court Of The Crimson King has been called “the true point at which progressive rock was born”.
Peter Sinfield, the lyricist had commissioned his friend Barry Godber to come up with something for the cover for what would be King Crimson’s debut album. Godber, who was an artist and a computer programmer, died in February 1970 at the age of 24. This was the only album cover he painted. More about Barry here.
Below taken from a Classic Rock article (here)
“I used to hang around with all these painters and artists from Chelsea Art School,” says Sinfield, recalling the event 40 years later. “I’d known Barry for a couple of years. He’d been to a few rehearsals, and spent a bit of time with us. I told him to see what he could come up with. I think I probably said to him that the one thing the cover had to do was stand out in record shops.”
Godber tore off the brown paper and laid the painting on the floor as the band gathered around to see his handiwork.
“We all stood around it,” says Greg Lake, “and it was like something out of Treasure Island where you’re all standing around a box of jewels and treasure… This fucking face screamed up from the floor, and what it said to us was ‘schizoid man’ – the very track we’d been working on. It was as if there was something magic going on.”
King Crimson manager David Singleton announced that the band’s entire studio-album catalog will soon launch on Spotify. The band’s 13 studio albums — from 1969’s In the Court of the Crimson King through 2003’s The Power to Believe — would roll out on other streaming platforms in May before arriving on Spotify on June 10th.