In the Wake of Poseidon

Release date
29 Jan 2004
Running length
10 tracks
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1 Peace-A Beginning 0:00 5,774
2 Pictures of a City Including 42nd at Treadmill 0:00 2,046
3 Cadence and Cascade 4:38 45,292
4 In the Wake of Poseidon Including Libra's Theme 0:00 1,904
5 Peace-A Theme 0:00 1,058
6 Cat Food 4:55 59,127
7 The Devil's Triangle Including A) Merday Morn B) Hand of Sceiron C) Garden of Worm 0:00 263
8 Peace-An End 0:00 3,538
9 Cat Food (single version) 0:00 4,017
10 Groon (single B Side) 0:00 2,790

About this album

Greg Lake was the next member to leave, departing in early 1970 after being approached by Keith Emerson to join what would become Emerson, Lake & Palmer. This left Fripp as the only remaining musician in the band, taking on part of the keyboard-playing role in addition to guitar. To compensate, Sinfield increased his own creative role and began developing his interest in synthesisers for use on subsequent records.

Lake agreed to sing on the recordings for In the Wake of Poseidon (negotiating to receive King Crimson’s PA equipment as payment). Eventually, he ended up singing on the band’s early 1970 single “Cat Food” b/w “Groon” and on all but one of the album’s vocal tracks. The exception was “Cadence and Cascade”, which was sung by Fripp’s old schoolfriend and teenage bandmate Gordon Haskell. There does exist however, an early mix of the song with Lake singing a guide vocal which was unearthed and featured on the DGM site as a download. At one point, the band considered hiring the then-unknown Elton John to be the album’s singer, but decided against it. Other former members and associates returned – as session players only – for the Poseidon recordings, with all bass parts being handled by Peter Giles and Michael Giles performing the drumming. Mel Collins (formerly of the band Cirkus) contributed saxophones and flute.

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