Larks' Tongues in Aspic

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
King Crimson reborn yet again -- the newly configured band makes its debut with a violin courtesy of David Cross sharing center stage with Robert Fripp's guitars and his Mellotron, which is pushed into the background. The music is the most experimental of Fripp's career up to this time -- though some of it actually dated in embryonic form back to the tail end of the Boz Burrell-Ian Wallace-Mel Collins lineup. And John Wetton was the group's strongest singer/bassist since Greg Lake's departure three years earlier. What's more, this lineup quickly established itself as a powerful performing unit working in a more purely experimental, less jazz-oriented vein than its immediate ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
King Crimson reborn yet again -- the newly configured band makes its debut with a violin courtesy of David Cross sharing center stage with Robert Fripp's guitars and his Mellotron, which is pushed into the background. The music is the most experimental of Fripp's career up to this time -- though some of it actually dated in embryonic form back to the tail end of the Boz Burrell-Ian Wallace-Mel Collins lineup. And John Wetton was the group's strongest singer/bassist since Greg Lake's departure three years earlier. What's more, this lineup quickly established itself as a powerful performing unit working in a more purely experimental, less jazz-oriented vein than its immediate predecessor. "Outer Limits music" was how one reviewer referred to it, mixing Cross' demonic fiddling with shrieking electronics, Bill Bruford's astounding dexterity at the drum kit, Jamie Muir's melodic and usually understated percussion, Wetton's thundering yet melodic bass, and Fripp's guitar, which generated sounds ranging from traditional classical and soft pop-jazz licks to hair-curling electric flourishes. [The remastered edition, which appeared in the summer of 2000 in Europe and slightly later in America, features beautifully remastered sound -- among other advantages, it moves the finger cymbals opening the first section of the title track into sharp focus, with minimal hiss or noise to obscure them, exposes the multiple percussion instruments used on the opening of "Easy Money," and gives far more clarity to "The Talking Drum." This version is superior to any prior CD release of Larks' Tongues in Aspic, and contains a booklet reprinting period press clippings, session information, and production background on the album.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2005
  • Label: Discipline Us
  • UPC: 633367050526
  • Catalog Number: 505
  • Sales rank: 10,954

Album Credits

Performance Credits
King Crimson Primary Artist
Bill Bruford Drums
John Wetton Bass, Vocals
David Cross Violin, Keyboards, Viola, Mellotron
Robert Fripp Guitar, Keyboards, Mellotron, Devices
Jamie Muir Percussion, Track Performer
Technical Credits
King Crimson Producer
John Wetton Composer
Robert Fripp Composer, Contributor, Remastering
Richard Palmer-James Composer
Nick Ryan Engineer
Tony Arnold Remastering
Simon Heyworth Remastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best albums by one of the best bands.

    Larks' Tongues in Aspic very well may be my favorite King Crimson CD, and I know it is one of my favorites of all time. There are no words to describe the album as a whole. Larks' Tongues In Aspic, Pt. 1 starts out the album with heavy guitar riffing and wild violin playing. It is an abstract song and one of the best by King Crimson. Book of Saturday and Exiles are both excellent ballads. The second half of the album is much more aggressive than the first. All the songs are outstanding, but the song that shines the most is Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Pt. 2, which is one of my favorite King Crimson songs and a great song to end this fantastic album. Go out and buy it now for something out of the ordinary.

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