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Lizard (30th Ann)


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  • Audio CD (Oct. 14 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Panegyric
  • ASIN: B00065MDS6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record  |  DVD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,748 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Martin A Hogan TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 12 2010
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eddie Konczal on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marcus Almighty TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Feb. 10 2014
Format: Audio CD
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. Very strong songs, especially the epic which has special guest Jon Anderson (ex-Yes) doing lead vocal for the opening section. A step forward from their 2nd album (In The Wake Of Poseiden).
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Bieth TOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 12 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is the third in the DGM King Crimson DVD-Audio reissues. In my opinion this is one of their weaker record's. After the break up of the original line up Crimson got lost abit and this is from that period. There are some great moments on this CD and the production is perfect for the 5.1 experince but it is not as strong a CD as the last 2 releases (RED, The Court Of The Crimson King). Jon Anderson from YES sings on one track and Mel Collins plays sax on the whole CD (He later played with just about everyone but most people know him from Dire Straits). If you love prog. rock you will at least like this set if you are not sure start with one of the other two. Can't wait to see what the next ones will be in the series.
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By A Customer on July 19 2004
Format: Audio CD
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.has anyone noticed the song "happy family" being about the beatles?(see top right picture on cover)......jon anderson of yes has never sounded better,and the drumming is superb.many bands have worn the label "prog rock",but dare i say robert fripp may have invented it.....
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By Von on May 18 2004
Format: Audio CD
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 premier disque de King Crimson.
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By Andre on May 2 2004
Format: Audio CD
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. It's more mellow overall than the other three (out of the first four, kind of like lounge jazz maybe? Well with a twist of course.
So yeah, I'll have to listen to it a bit more before I'm really comfortable with it but I think it's pretty good anyway!!
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