Is is for… In The Court Of The Crimson King
The 1969 debut album from King Crimson, In The Court Of The Crimson King is largely believed to be one of the best and most influential of the prog rock genre.
The album features bona fide Crimson classics in 21st Century Schizoid Man and that epic title track and reached number three in the UK album charts.
The album also features one of the most distinctive prog rock album covers, painted by Barry Godber, who sadly died within months of the album’s release.
I is also for… IQ
A quintet originally from the Southampton area, IQ rose to prominence as part of the prog revival of the 1980s, which also saw the likes of Marillion, Pallas and Pendragon gain levels of fame. Still going today, IQ were once signed to a major label, but pioneered the DIY approach to setting up their own label that became the lifeblood of the genre.