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  • Audio CD (Dec 1 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: eOne Music
  • ASIN: B00065MDS6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record  |  DVD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,363 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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7 of 7 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marcus Almighty 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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Format: Audio CD
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 King". Sure, "Lizard" is a good album, but it is not as great as "In The Court Of The Crimson King"; my opinion is that "Lizard" was R. Fripp's attempt to recapture that magic from the first album. Both have the same feel and same themes, but you can sense some tension in the album; afterall, the title track was finished vocally by Jon Anderson of Yes. I say "Lizard" is a good album and unique in that it's great as a "relaxer" or background music as well. Some Crimheads might say this was a watershed album, but each album King Crimson is a unique artwork and the journey takes you different places. "Lizard" is a journey well-spent.
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