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Lizard (30th Ann)

King Crimson Audio CD
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Enigmatic 'Lizard' Jan. 12 2010
By Martin A Hogan TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Robert Fripp provides some skeptical and cynical notes about this album. In 2009, he wrote of "Lizard": "Labour and laboring, mostly joyous, strive effortfully to present appearance of cohesion". He also reminds us that "Lizard" was both not as commercially successful as other King Crimson albums and that he doesn't feel it is the most critically accomplished of his albums. That's a lot to say about your work. All the more amazing that Steven Wilson was able to convince Fripp to release this 5.1 surround sound version. This is even more surprising when you realize that "In The Wake Of Poseidon" was skipped temporarily.

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.
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1.0 out of 5 stars For Crimson completists or masochists only! Oct. 27 2003
Format:Audio CD
Now I really love and respect King Crimson, and I consider them the best and purest progressive rock band of all time - ahead of my sentimental favorite, Yes, and Genesis, who might have been the greatest if they hadn't jumped the shark by becoming an extension of Phil Collins' solo career. And despite the sonic excellence of Adrian Belew-era Crimson (1981-present), I much prefer the various 1969-1974 incarnations. During this era, Crimson basically invented progressive rock with their first album, re-invented it with "Larks' Tongues in Aspic," and perfected it with "Red."
Against this stellar body of work, "Lizard" sticks out like a sore thumb. Every year or so, I pull it out of my collection to give it another chance. And for a brief moment, when the ominous Mellotron of "Cirkus" kicks in, I think I'm about to be proven wrong. But the rest of "Lizard" is darn near unlistenable, hampered by subpar production values, Gordon Haskell's tentative and unfocused singing, and undisciplined, chaotic instrumentation. Haskell's ridiculous laugh at the end of "Indoor Games" must qualify as the most embarrassing moment in Crimson's history. The instrumentals are meandering and often just plain noisy, with none of the improvisational prowess that marks the Bruford/Wetton era. Even a guest vocal by Jon Anderson is wasted. If Robert Fripp's intent was to produce music that sounds like it emanated from hell, he succeeded all too well.
Fripp himself dismisses "Lizard" in current interviews. Take his word for it. Unless you're a Crimson completist or a masochist, pass on this one. Your ears will thank you!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lizard Dec 21 2003
Format:Audio CD
King Crimson's "Lizard" is one of their most underrated albums.partly because it is a bit more odd sounding than "In court of crimson king" or "Red" but also becuase of Gordon Haskell's appearance as lead vocalist.well,i do not say that Gordon is great singer but his characteristic voice gives some new colour to Crimson's music.just listen to opening track or "Indoor games".and his bass playing is superb.
"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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars MUST HAVE DESPITE FLAWS Nov. 12 2003
By Mr. G
Format:Audio CD
Any review of a Crimsoid album begins with the assumption of greatness, that is 5 stars, because they are simply the best, most intelligent and literate existing rock band ever. They've always had the greatest musical talent, as well as artistic originality, creativity and integrity. Their mission, through myriad incarnations, has always been to serve this elusive yet thunderous, wondrous musical diety that has always been a sum almost supernaturally beyond its participants. This includes CEO and high priest and chief strategist Fripp. They are the Beatles or Talking Heads with musical talent. They are Yes or ELP with a relentless artistic foundation.
"Lizard" almost earns 3 stars for two major detractions. Gordon Haskell, as a vocalist, falls far short in the Crimsoid ouvre of persistent musical talent. There's just no getting accustomed to his voice because it lacks listenability. Word is that Bryan Ferry auditioned for this version of Crimson. Oh! if that had not fallen through for whatever reason! Haskell, as a singer (his bass work seems fine) just "doesn't have the tonal quality to make it consistently interesting," to quote an old Harry Chapin song.
The other negative on this album is the track "Happy Family." Many of these tracks meander with aspirations of great jazz and classical music. However, the complex migrations between composition and improvisation, so captivating everywhere else, fails on this little do nothing piece of grating music.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The black sheep of the discography
Wow, this is definatly a strange album. A truely odd lineup as well and one that never toured behind this album, but with that said I really like it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Marcus Almighty
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Mix! So So CD.
This is the third in the DGM King Crimson DVD-Audio reissues. In my opinion this is one of their weaker record's. Read more
Published on Jan. 12 2010 by Stephen Bieth
5.0 out of 5 stars imitated...not duplicated
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 more
Published on July 19 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Le meilleur du progressif
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 more
Published on May 18 2004 by Von
5.0 out of 5 stars More mellow but cool
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
Published on May 2 2004 by Andre
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever, beautiful and full of life
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 more
Published on March 24 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars LSD Friendly!
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 more
Published on Jan. 13 2004 by S. Heinig
4.0 out of 5 stars Still Enjoyable
Although certainly one of the weakest Krimson albums (not saying much, is it?) this is still a pretty good album. Read more
Published on Dec 20 2003 by Ed
4.0 out of 5 stars A footnote of what could have been...
I might get pelted with tomatoes and booed, so to speak, but having listen to "Lizard", I can say that this is a continuation of "In The Court Of The Crimson... Read more
Published on Dec 20 2003 by "ajo1974usa"
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