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Cat’s foot iron claw

Ian Paice took part in a King Crimson tribute “celebration and reinvention” album Reimagining The Court Of The Crimson King due out on April 19, 2024, via Cleopatra Records. He is featured on the opening track 21st Century Schizoid Man, which has been released as a single.

I had the great privilege of seeing Crimson live in London just after the first album was released, a really inventive, wonderful band. We in Deep Purple thought they were really great!

Track list:
  1. 21st Century Schizoid Man feat. Todd Rundgren, Arthur Brown, Mel Collins, Chris Poland & Ian Paice
  2. I Talk To The Wind feat. Mel Collins, Django Jakszyk & Jakko M Jakszyk
  3. Epitaph feat. Alan Davey, Paul Rudolph, Nik Turner, Adam Hamilton & Danny Faulkner
  4. Moonchild feat. Joe Lynn Turner, Marty Friedman, Jah Wobble & Chester Thompson
  5. The Court Of The Crimson King feat. James LaBrie, Carmine Appice & Steve Hillage

CD-only bonus tracks:

  1. 21st Century Schizoid Man feat. Arthur Brown, Brian Auger, Chris Poland & Ian Paice
  2. 21st Century Schizoid Man (Instrumental Version)

Reimagining The Court Of The Crimson King - A Tribute to King Crimson (2024) artwork; image courtesy of Cleopatra Records

The album will be available on CD and violet gatefold vinyl, and can be pre-ordered through the label.

Thanks to BraveWords for the info.

11 Comments to “Cat’s foot iron claw”:

  1. 1
    MacGregor says:

    Not a bad version with a couple of simplified bits in it different to the original. A very good list of musicians playing it lured me in initially after I heard about this album featuring JLT on the song & improvising piece Moonchild. The drumming has always been a standout on Schizoid, originally from the maestro Michael Giles. A few others have played it also within Crimson over the years, Ian Wallace another jazz aficionado & also Bill Bruford. Plus the modern day drummers of Crimson, Pat Mastelotto & Gavin Harrison. My favourites are the 70’s drummers take on it. Ian Paice does a decent enough job on it, but I suggest he doesn’t give up his day job he he he. JLT singing Moonchild is another kettle of fish indeed, while he sings it typically of his vocal delivery, it sounds forced, probably because the original Moonchild is a very laid back dream sequence sort of song, not a ballad as such. Kudos to him for singing it though, good to hear all the same. Arthur Brown ‘the God of Hellfire’ singing on Schizoid is a good idea I thought. Cheers.

  2. 2
    Zoom says:

    I’ve got to say…Ian sounded really good on that.

  3. 3
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Is there an edition available where James LaBrie is NOT singing? That would really enhance the product for me. 🤣 Forgive me Dream Theater fans, but I’ve tried to get into your band and simply can’t.

    The drumming is fine, but I can’t stand that distuned effect they’ve laid over the guitars, that overstays its welcome like after 10 seconds with me. As a Wishbone Ash and Southern Rock fan I can’t help it, I like my guitars tuned.

    Of course I’ll buy it, the other “Reimaginings” by this outfit weren’t bad. Maybe I have to listen to it a few more times.

  4. 4
    MacGregor says:

    I usually avoid these sort of albums like the plague. There are so many of them that I have not ever heard one note of. Talking of LaBrie & his vocals yes I agree & Dream Theater I lost interest in back in the late 90’s. I do still have two albums Awake & Falling into Infinity, but it has been many many years since I have played them. That early to mid 90’s era I was interested in some of those other hard rock bands, some of them at least. There is no way I am listening to his vocal take on this Crimson title track. LaBrie is a tad boring for a lead vocalist to my ears, very ‘monotone’ on the rock music that DT do. Talking of this Crimson ‘tribute’ & Ian Paice is why I listened to Schizoid, a huge influence that both artists are on me from way back & a ‘jazz’ style track in parts gets the drummers nod. Schizoid Man was an influence on Chris Squire’s bass riff on Heart of the Sunrise apparently. The main riff is similar to parts of that mid section. As the younger Purps went to see Crimson back then so did Jon Anderson & Squire. Upon leaving the gig Anderson said to Squire, ‘we have some serious practising to do”, ha ha ha. Such was the influence of the mighty Crimson on so many budding musician back then & probably still to this day. Allegedly Hendrix was in the crowd at one gig & was ‘gob smacked’ apparently. I suppose he would have been as he was bereft of ideas etc at that time & not sure of which path to journey on as a musician. The progressive & fusion bands were blowing not only Hendrix’s mind back then. Cheers.

  5. 5
    Uwe Hornung says:

    This very remotely fits here:

    An impressively sideburned Ian plus other members of PAL jamming with a PROG luminary who was once lined up for Warhorse, but then preferred the Strawbs. Went on to some other Progosaurus of a band, was it ELP or Genesis? Ah yes, I’m not really sure …


  6. 6
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Flash thought: Why didn’t PAL ask John Lawton to sing for them? Band history might have taken a different course …


  7. 7
    MacGregor says:

    I have watched those Rick Wakeman shows a while ago, John Entwistle was on one of them from my memory. Not Rick’s choice of music to play with I would think or maybe it was as he is always a pro active musician & supports all causes & enjoys a lot of those chaps company. Tony Ashton isn’t my favourite vocalist & that ‘big band’ style also doesn’t sit well with me. No doubt the reason I have never been able to get into PAL, even though I owned the album for decades & tried to listen again a few months ago. Not suited for Jon Lord either I have always noticed. John Lawton would have been a more melodic lead singer indeed. But it comes back to the songwriting, who is going to come out with those melodies within decent songs. Bernie Marsden perhaps? Cheers.

  8. 8
    MacGregor says:

    Just found this 1980 Whitesnake concert online after viewing the PAL live in concert, a rather short appearance. The PAL band are all great musicians, just that big band thing isn’t my thing. A good sounding concert though & a little like the IGB one, far too short, a shame indeed. That would be Viki & Sam Brown backing on vocals wouldn’t it? That live endorsement should keep the lynch mob at arms length hopefully, he he he. Cheers.

    PAL live at the BBC


    Whitesnake live 1980


  9. 9
    MacGregor says:

    Apparently the additional vocalists on the PAL concert were Sheila and Jeanette McKinley, who were very well known for their contributions to many well known artists over the years. Cheers.

  10. 10
    MacGregor says:

    Found the longer concert of PAL, much better live film & sound & thankfully Bernie Marsden adds plenty of vocal. Cheers


  11. 11
    Max says:

    John Lawton … a charming idea that is. But I think e was still busy at the time, singing Ken Hensley’s stuff. I think he’s underrated and I still wonder why he didn’t really make it big. Just listened to his “Payin’ my dues” solo album the other day. Well, it’s his voice that makes itr worthwhile at places.

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