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LIZARD

King Crimson

 

Eclectic Prog

4.09 | 1417 ratings

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febus
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5 stars A CRIMSONIAN SYMPHONY!

I have a funny relationship with this album. When i bought it growing up in the seventies, i never ''got'' it then! i remember i liked ''Cirkus'' and that's it. I never really dig into the ''LIZARD suite'' past the Jon Anderson vocals.

And a strange thing happened! a few years ago, i was buying back my KC collection -30th anniversarycollection in miniLP format- so i got LIZARD back. I played it on my system and i was blew away! what did i miss all these years!!; almost the perfect album. King Crimson at its best!! tender, melancholic, serene, then agitated, noisier, disjoncted then back to peaceful. King Crimson to resume. There is not one dull moment on this album. There is a lot of MEL COLLINS of this album;he is also helped by a bunch of other horn blowers that create a one of a kind of athmosphere like this spanish-jazz style part in the middle of the Lizard suite.

The mellotron is very present as well, so is the unique style of pianist Keith Tipett. Gordon Haskell has taken over the vocals and is doing an excellent job IMO. i know some of the reviewers don'y like him too much, but i think his voice mixes well with the music. About the music: thsi is definitely KC, no one else could have come up with a concept like that; a unique sound that makes Crimson the king of Prog music to many of us.

At this point, the band has only 2 original members :Robert Fripp and lyricist Pete Sinfield. But that doesn't affect the music at all as Fripp is in total charge by now. This album is what prog is all about. beautiful, adventurous, powerful,opening new grounds for the music to develop into uncharted new territories.

Only 5 stars can be attributed to LIZARD .

febus | 5/5 |

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