KING CRIMSON - LIZARD
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Always an amazing mix of progressive rock and jazz, "Lizard" arguably stands out among the best King Crimson accomplishments. Noted for a variety of distortions/effects of different vocals, Wilson manages to extract them and balance them so they stand out clearly and crisply. In fact, all the instrumentals on every track are separated or enhanced to truly bring attention to every detail. These are things that are often missed on the stereo mixes.
"Cirkus" flat out rattles your senses with its mix of rock and freeform blasts. Fripp's mellotron is so powerful, it's stunning. Andy McCulloch on drums is dizzying and emphatic. These tracks (along with others here) take Pete Sinfield's lyrics and elevate the entire song to a nearly psychedelic level. "Happy Family", allegedly a comment on the Beatles break-up is one of the few songs that get muddied in the new mix, but not for great effort from Wilson. The original tracks and "scraps and fragments of stuff" were meticulously remixed. As Sid Smith notes: "For me `Lizard' has always been an album that was too big for stereo to contain.Read more ›
"Lizard" shows that Robert Fripp is a amazing composer.Fripp do not shows us here all his guitar tricks and crazy riffs,mostly he creates gentle atmosphere with a use of acoustic guitar or mellotron.if you got used to his distorted and raw sounds from later albums you will be suprise how melodic he sounds here.
all the compositions are fine,especially the long suite placed at hte end of cd."Prince rupert awakes" features Jon anderson's vocals and wonderfull atmosphere.Fripp experiments here with melody and sound on some parts especially on intruguing bolero part.what can i say more - definitly "lizard" is a standout album,not as strong as Crimson's most famous works but still insteresting.the true is htat this album features a few dull moments but in the end it leaves you not dissapointed.
if you like progressive music and of course Fripp's distinctive tracks,"Lizard" will not let you down.amazing album.
However, the album does work on many levels. "Happy Family", a song about the Beatles, is very catchy. "Lady of the Dancing Water" is very mellow and quite beautiful. "Cirkus", one of my all time favorite Crimso songs, has a disturbing quality akin to the songs on 21st Century Schizoid Man. And finally, Jon Anderson's contribution to "Prince Rupert Awakes" is gorgeous, comparable in beauty to "Soon" in the "Gates of Delirium" (on Relayer).
Be adventurous! Get this! You will be rewarded.
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Another great remaster supervised by Robert Fripp! My original vinyl is godd but this is much quieter and has much improved sonics! It's also a 200g pressing - bonus! Read morePublished 13 months ago by Greg B.
This is the third in the DGM King Crimson DVD-Audio reissues. In my opinion this is one of their weaker record's. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2010 by Stephen Bieth
this is my favorite king crimson album.it is consistantly powerful all the way through.each song has a corresponding portrait on the front cover. Read morePublished on July 19 2004
Pour moi, ce disque rappelle le meilleur du début de l'époque du rock progressif, une de ses racines les plus profondes et originales à la fois, autant que le... Read morePublished on May 18 2004 by Von
This one out of the first four I've listened to the least, simply because up until about a week ago I'd never heard it.
Well I've listened to it a few times and I do like it. Read more
Lizard is quite a fine album. Coming in during a very fertile period for Crimson music - this is the third album - it captivates, and says to the listening world that Crimson was... Read morePublished on March 24 2004
I had one of the best acid trips to this album ever!!! If you're experimenting with LSD in a safe enviroment this is the album for you! AWESOME! Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2004 by S. Heinig
Although certainly one of the weakest Krimson albums (not saying much, is it?) this is still a pretty good album. Read morePublished on Dec 20 2003 by Ed