CDVKC2 In The Wake of Poseidon
Produced by Robert Fripp and Peter Sinfield
Released on May 15, 1970
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CDVKC2 cover  

I mperilled on fickle seas suited to the ill moods of a Poseidon Stormbringer, steadfast even as Scylla plucked the strongest oarsmen for her own dark designs (Ian McDonald, Greg Lake), our guitar-slinging Odysseus still had the presence of mind to steer his splintering charge safely into port with a second stunning album. That you can hear the lightning strike the mast, feel the upheaval in the tempestuous arrangements separated by sections of tantalizing calm, is to sense the shipwrecked King struggle against the strong pull of Charybdis and succeed. Amazing to think that, one album earlier, the band began with a halcyon of foreseeably smooth sailing. It was revealed to be merely the eye of the storm, thrusting their second album into a destructive force of unbearable intensity. Listen to “The Devil’s Triangle,” “In The Wake of Poseidon” and “Pictures of a City,” and you’ll find yourself in the middle of this musical vortex. In retrospect, no band could have withstood the fury of this music and survived intact. The albums that followed sailed clear of such dark waters, that is until Starless And Bible Black. As challenging and harrowing an experience as this is, you may be reluctant to be buffeted and bruised by the crushing magnitude of this Wake. But if “21st Century Schizoid Man” stirred something in your blood that the remainder of Court couldn’t quell, strap yourself to the mast and ride in the wake of Poseidon’s vengeful might. You’ll find respite in the three Peaces, and fall in love with the siren’s song of “Cadence and Cascade,” but they’ll be your undoing if you let them lull you into their trap. Also included is “Cat Food,” selected as the single because it’s in the middle of the two extremes, but not a suitable appetizer for the rough journey ahead. This and Starless are the two harshest entries in the Crimson catalog; if these float your boat, you really need to plug in to Van Der Graaf Generator too.

CDVKC2 back picture sleeve
CDVKC2 back picture sleeve


  1. PEACE - A BEGINNING    (Robert Fripp/Peter Sinfield)
  2. PICTURES OF A CITY including 42nd at Treadmill    (Robert Fripp/Peter Sinfield)
  3. CADENCE AND CASCADE    (Robert Fripp/Peter Sinfield)
  4. IN THE WAKE OF POSEIDON including Libra's Theme    (Robert Fripp/Peter Sinfield)
  5. PEACE - A THEME    (Robert Fripp)
  6. CAT FOOD    (Robert Fripp/Peter Sinfield/Ian McDonald)
  7. THE DEVIL'S TRIANGLE    (Robert Fripp) including:
    a) MERDAY MORN    (Robert Fripp/Ian McDonald)
    b) HAND OF SCEIRON    (Robert Fripp)
    c) GARDEN OF WORM    (Robert Fripp)
  8. PEACE - AN END    (Robert Fripp/Peter Sinfield)


MEL COLLINS -- saxes & flutes
ROBERT FRIPP -- guitar, mellotron, & devices
GREG LAKE -- vocals
PETER SINFIELD -- words, sleeve design, inside painting
Gordon Haskell -- vocals (3)
Robin Thompson -- engineer
Virginia -- typography
Tammo de Jongh -- cover painting ("12 Archetypes")

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UK May 15, 1970 Island LP ILPS-9217 gatefold cover
US/CAN 1970 Atlantic LP SD 8266 gatefold cover
FRA   Island LP 9101 628  
JPN   Atlantic LP P-10124A gatefold cover, lyric insert
JPN   Atlantic LP P-6389A  
JPN   Atlantic LP P-8104A gatefold cover, lyric insert
UK 1970s? Island 8T Y8I 9127 gatefold cover
UK 1977 Polydor LP 2303 058  
GER   Polydor LP 2344 076 gatefold cover
JPN   Polydor LP 25MM0262 gatefold cover, lyric insert
KOR   Virgin LP VVPL 138  
US January 1987 Editions EG LP/CD/CS EGKC/EGCD/EGKCC2 Collector's Edition, gatefold cover
US 1999 Caroline CD 1503  
UK March 21, 2000 Virgin CD CDVKC2 30th anniversary series, 24-bit HDCD remaster
JPN 2000 Discipline CD PCCY-1422 30th anniversary series, 24-bit HDCD remaster


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