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The Flaming Lips Cover King Crimson’s Entire Debut Album

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The Flaming Lips have recorded a song-for-song remake of prog-rock legends King Crimson‘s classic 1969 debut album, ‘In the Court of the Crimson King.’ The re-imagined ‘Crimson King,’ titled ‘Playing Hide and Seek With the Ghost of Dawn,’ follows in the footsteps of the Lips’ 2010 cover version of Pink Floyd‘s ‘Dark Side of the Moon,’ and it comes just as the Oklahoma rockers are wrapping up work on their 15th full-length album of originals, titled ‘The Terror’ and expected out sometime next year.

As they did with their Floyd disc, the Lips recorded ‘Playing Hide and Seek’ with a handful of special guests, this time tapping the New Fumes, Linear Downfall, Spaceface and Stardeath and White Dwarfs, a group fronted by Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne’s nephew, Dennis Coyne.

“I guess it’s just one of those random cool Wayne ideas,” Linear Downfall guitarist Chance Anthony Cook told Lips fansite the Future Heart back in September, describing his time spent recording at the Lips’ Pink Floor studio in Oklahoma. “It was very inspiring being there and the energy was crazy … [it was so quiet between takes] we could hear the squirrels chewing on the wires in the ceiling.”

A limited edition vinyl version of ‘Playing Hide and Seek With the Ghost of Dawn’ was released last month and is available at a very limited number of independent record stores. The album is expected to be made available for purchase online shortly, but in the meantime, it’s streaming in its entirety here.

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