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Lizard

Artist: King Crimson
Label: Atlantic
Catalog#: SD 8278
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1970-12
Tracklist
A1 Cirkus (Including: Entry Of The Chameleons) 6:28
A2 Indoor Games 5:38
A3 Happy Family 4:15
A4 Lady Of The Dancing Water 2:43
B1a Prince Rupert Awakes 4:34
B1b Bolero - The Peacocks Tale 6:30
B1c The Battle Of Glass Tears Including: 10:55
B1c1 Dawn Song  
B1c2 Last Skirmish  
B1c3 Prince Rupert's Lament  
B1d Big Top 1:05
Credits

Bass, Vocals - Gordon Haskell
Cornet - Marc Charig
Drums - Andy McCulloch
Flute, Saxophone - Mel Collins
Guitar, Mellotron, Keyboards [Electric], Other [Devices] - Robert Fripp
Oboe, Cor Anglais - Robin Miller
Piano - Keith Tippett
Producer - Peter Sinfield
Producer - Robert Fripp
Trombone - Nick Evans
Vocals - Jon Anderson
Written-By - Peter Sinfield
Written-By - Robert Fripp

Notes

All songs published by E.G. Music Ltd. © 1970.

Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
King Crimson's third album found Robert Fripp and Pete Sinfield back in the studio just months after the release of their previous album, In The Wake Of Poseidon. Andrew McCulloch, post-Manfred Mann, came in on drums, joining the returning Mel Collins and Gordon Haskell (who also provided bass guitar). "Cirkus" opens the album and quickly descends into a typically foreboding Mellotron line; but there is a difference this time around: on Lizard, the Crim sound is exclusively constructed in the studio as this would be the only King Crimson lineup that did not play live. Just as Sinfield embellished his lyrics with evocative imagery, Fripp painted the album's music with skillful, jazz-influenced arrangements; along with piano, trombone, acoustic guitar and Haskell's idiosyncratic voice. "Indoor Games" and "Happy Family" follow the same jazzy tempos as "Cat Food" and "Groon" to great effect. As King Crimson's entry into the album-side-long composition category, "Lizard" comprises the record's second side. Guest Jon Anderson of Yes lends his voice for the opening movement, and it's almost as if the part was written for him. From there, the composition covers a lot of ground, ascending into some fairly jazzy terrain before descending into a more familiar Mellotron soundscape. Fripp and Sinfield make good use of their soloists, in particular Keith Tippett on acoustic piano. Mark Charig and Nick Evans, on loan from Soft Machine, are also effective. The side winds up with some of Fripp's trademark sustained guitar before a tape-loop reprise. This was King Crimson's most elaborate and refined album, and absolutely none the worse for it. Interestingly, the recently separated Beatles are portrayed on the album jacket's tarot-like paintings. The album slipped on the UK charts, peaking at No. 30. Fripp, with Collins assisting, then sought to form another Crim lineup to take on the road.
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