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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: #49,646 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2004 reissue of the band's 1970 album. Discipline.

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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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By Mike Chadwick on 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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By Mr. G on Nov. 12 2003
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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By Gerard Sparaco on Sept. 7 2003
Format: Audio CD
Fripp claimed at the time that he wanted to make a Beatles like album. That is, just as you can listen to a Beatles album and get something out of it on the twenty-fourth listen, he wanted to achieve the same with Lizard. The problem is a Beatles album is accessible on the first listen too, while Lizard certainly is not. And further, if you listen to this album twenty-four times, you WILL burn out your brain. It's too complex and clever for it's own good.
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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