With the original line-up of Crimson having fallen apart in December 1969 in the USA, Fripp and Sinfield manfully soldiered on to record the follow-up album to their successful debut with the aid of Michael Giles on drums and his brother, Peter, on bass.
This is probably a listening copy ran off from the master tape at the time. It sounds like the basic rhythm track is the one used in the final album version. Some of Fripp’s Mellotron parts also made it to the final cut though further overdubbing and refinement was done at a later stage (joined also by Keith Tippett hammering away at the piano, and electric piano by Fripp).
However, these are the raw materials from which the toe-tapping classic we know and love as The Devil’s Triangle would be fashioned. So here it is – Giles, Giles and Fripp as King Crimson.
Don’t be alarmed at the gaps between 3.30 – 3.38 and again at 6.31 – 7.31 (approximately).These roughly echo the same drop-outs on Poseidon as the piece moves from the Hand of Sceiron and Garden of Worm sections respectively.
This track is available for download as part of a bumper collection of Mr Stormy's Monday Selections - his second year of random romps through the murky, cavernous DGM archives, torch in hand, fedora upon his head.