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Artist: King Crimson

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Label: Discipline
Album: Lizard
# Song Title   Time
1)    Cirkus (Including Entry of the Chameleons)
2)    Indoor Games
3)    Happy Family
4)    Lady of the Dancing Water
5)    Lizard: Prince Rupert Awakes/Bolero: The Peacock's Tale/The Battle of G: Prince Rupert Awakes / Bolero - The Peacock's Tale / The Battle Of Glass Tears / Big Top / Big Top

Performer Notes
  • King Crimson: Gordon Haskell (vocals, bass); Robert Fripp (guitar, Mellotron, electric keyboards); Mel Collins (flute, saxophone); Andy McCulloch (drums); Peter Sinfield.
  • Additional personnel: Jon Anderson (vocals); Robin Miller (oboe); Mark Charig (cornet); Nick Evans (trombone); Kevin Tippet (piano).
  • LIZARD can be seen as the third album in the trilogy that makes up Crimson's first phase, which began with IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING. The musical and lyrical concepts are more complex than on the first two albums, the arrangements more elaborate. Pete Sinfield's lyrics, already full of surreal mystical imagery, changed by turns more inaccessible and slightly psychedelic. Horns play a much larger role on LIZARD, the horn section injecting some punch into the production, and Mel Collins' flute and sax emerging as an important solo voice.
  • Things turn slightly harsher on tracks like "Indoor Games," a catalogue of people's private indiscretions, and "Happy Family" an allegory obviously about the then-current breakup of the Beatles. As always, there's a beautiful ballad ("Lady of the Dancing Water," singer Gordon Haskell's finest moment) included amidst all the uproar. Crimson's peers Yes are even represented, as Jon Anderson makes a guest vocal appearance on the title cut, a throwback to the semi-mythical lyric approach of KC's debut.

Professional Reviews
Q (5/00, p.129) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...A dense, fiendish jazz/rock soup..."


Producer:Robert Fripp; Pete Sinfield
Format:CD (0 Disc); Stereo
Studio/Live: Studio
Release Date:13 December, 2004
Guest Artist: Jon Anderson

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Jacob on
Not as strong as their best albums, and lacking much of the Crimson charm. However, it's still a good listen. The songs pale compared to their debut, in particular, but fans of prog rock will find the typical song structures and production a good listen.
I particularly enjoy the opening Cirkus and the closing suite Lizard. Get it if you're a fan of the band and have got stronger releases. 3/5.

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