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Lizard [CD/DVD]
     

Lizard [CD/DVD]

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by King Crimson
 

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Lizard is very consciously jazz-oriented -- the influence of Miles Davis (particularly Sketches of Spain) being especially prominent -- and very progressive, even compared with the two preceding albums. The pieces are longer and have extensive developmental sections, reminiscent of classical music, and the lyrics are more

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Lizard is very consciously jazz-oriented -- the influence of Miles Davis (particularly Sketches of Spain) being especially prominent -- and very progressive, even compared with the two preceding albums. The pieces are longer and have extensive developmental sections, reminiscent of classical music, and the lyrics are more ornate, while the subject matter is more exotic and rarified -- epic, Ragnarok-like battles between good and evil that run cyclically. The doom-laden mood of the first two albums is just as strong, except that the music is prettier; the only thing missing is a sense of humor. Jon Anderson of Yes guests on one key number, "Prince Rupert Awakes" (which vocalist/bassist Gordon Haskell never completed), and the album is stronger for his presence. At the time of its release, some critics praised Lizard for finally breaking with the formula and structure that shaped the two preceding albums, but overall it's an acquired taste. [This reissue contains alternate versions of "Lady of the Dancing Water," "Bolero" and "Cirkus."]

Product Details

Release Date:
01/12/2010
Label:
Discipline Us
UPC:
0633367400321
catalogNumber:
674003
Rank:
13914

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Performance Credits

King Crimson   Primary Artist
Marc Charig   Cornet
Keith Tippett   Piano,Electric Piano
Gordon Haskell   Bass Guitar,Vocals
Obin Miller   Oboe,Cor anglais
Mel Collins   Flute,Saxophone
Nick Evans   Trombone
Robert Fripp   Guitar,Keyboards,Mellotron,Devices
Tony Levin   Bass
Andy McCulloch   Drums

Technical Credits

Robert Fripp   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Remixing
Peter Sinfield   Composer,Producer,Picture
David Singleton   Remixing
Tony Arnold   Remixing
Robin Thompson   Engineer
Steven Wilson   Producer
Hugh O'Donnell   Artwork
Ginni Barris   Paintings
Sid Smith   Liner Notes

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