King Crimson – Lizard
Artist: King Crimson | Album: Lizard | Style: Progressive Rock | Year: 1970 [1999 remastered, 2009 multichannel mix] | Quality: DVD-Audio (MLP 5.1 48kHz/24Bit, MLP 2.0 96kHz/24Bit, DTS 5.1 48kHz/24Bit, LPCM 2.0 48kHz/24Bit) | Bitrate: lossless | Tracks: 5 + 3 bonus | Size: ~5.5 Gb | Recovery: 3% | Covers: in archive | Release: ©2009 Robert Fripp | Panegyric (KCSP 3)
Released in December 1970, King Crimson’s third studio album, Lizard, is often viewed as an outlier in the pioneering British prog outfit’s nearly half-century discography. It’s not easily grouped with 1969’s stunning In the Court of the Crimson King debut and 1970 follow-up In the Wake of Poseidon, and along with 1971’s Islands it’s considered a transitional release on the band’s path toward the relative stability of the Larks’ Tongues in Aspic (1973), Starless and Bible Black (1974), and Red (1974) trilogy. Plus, the Lizard sessions were difficult and the core group lineup acrimoniously collapsed immediately afterward, as bandleader/guitarist Robert Fripp, with lyricist Peter Sinfield, continued brave efforts to save King Crimson from disintegrating as the group’s lengthy history was just getting underway. Even Fripp himself wasn’t a big Lizard fan until he reportedly “heard the Music in the music” when listening to Steven Wilson’s 2009 40th anniversary remix. Yet there are plenty of Crimson followers who place Lizard at the very apex of the group’s recorded legacy — and with good reason. Seamlessly blending rock, jazz, and classical in a way that few albums have successfully achieved, Lizard is epic, intimate, cacophonic, and subtle by turn — and infused with the dark moods first heard when “21st Century Schizoid Man” and “Epitaph” reached listeners’ ears the previous year.