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Lark's Tongues in Aspic [Original recording remastered]

King CrimsonAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)

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"King Crimson is, as always, more a way of doing things. When there is nothing to be done, nothing is done: Crimson disappears. When there is music to be played, Crimson reappears. If all of life were this simple". Robert Fripp

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 17, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: E.G. Records
  • ASIN: B000003S0I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,852 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Larks' Tongues In Aspic, Part One
2. Book Of Saturday
3. Exiles
4. Easy Money
5. The Talking Drum
6. Larks' Tongues In Aspic, Part Two

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British prog group's 1973. Six tracks including 'The Talking Drum'. Standard Jewelcase.

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88 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning. Perhaps the best by an amazing band. November 4, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Once again, King Crimson shifted lineups, only this time it was far more dramatic-- after having toured without lyricist Peter Sinfield, the entire band left, leaving Fripp on his own. A blessing in disguise, the band that assembled for this recording was full of such musical muscle and subtlety that they were able to turn out what may be the best of the King Crimson material (its a tough call, there's a number of stunning albums by them). This is also the first Crimson formation not to feature a saxaphone. Joining Robert Fripp (guitar, mellotron) are David Cross (violin, viola, mellotron), John Wetton (bass, vocals), Bill Bruford (drum kit), and Jamie Muir (percussion). Lyrics this time were handled by Richard Palmer-James-- getting away from the imagery of Peter Sinfield allowed the band's songs to flourish in different fashions.

But also allowing the band to flourish is the delicate balance they created-- Muir as a percussionist would play everything from mouth harps, thumb pianos, and chains slamming against gongs created his own dynamics without the influence of everyone else, likewise Bill Bruford at the kit could manage both power and subtlety, whereas Cross' violin and Wetton's bass were in opposition, both in register and in expressiveness-- Wetton is a brutally aggressive bass player. Fripp somehow counterbalanced all of this.

In many ways, this is also the band shedding their progressive rock leanings in terms of the traditional "prog" sound-- there's not the emphasis on harmonied instruments, mellotrons, etc. The approach is a lot cleaner and in many ways far less limiting.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars King Crimsons Aural masterpiece, July 4, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Along with Islands and Starless and Bible Black(see my review) this is the absolute peak of King Crimson. In 1972 King Crimson (the Peter Sinfield era) completely dissintegrated after a disasterous tour that produced the subpar live album Earthbound. Many believed this to be the end of King Crimson. However this was not the case a year later Larks Tongues in Aspic was released to the world and what an album it is. Completely departing from Crimsons former somber symphonic style, Lark's is an avant garde masterpiece that is absolutely drenched in darkness as well as beauty. Kicking off with the blueprint to every extended instrumental King Crimson has done since is LTIA part 1. This song show Fripps new found approach to songwriting, slowly building tension that ends with an explosive climax. The entire song is a roller coaster of sounds ranging from David Cross's beautiful(and more than a little sinister) violin soloes to Fripps Sabbathesque guitar passages, this song is more than a little strange. Even stranger is the fact that the song is followed up by a short ballad(Book Of Saturdays) that is the complete musical oppisite of the opening song. Exiles follows and is the second best song off the album. This song like the last song is a wonderful ballad driven by violin, mellotron, and Fripps acoustic guitar. John Wetton does a great job with the vocals. Easy Money is a fantastic rocker loaded with distortion and a great solo from Fripp. The Talking Drum is pretty much just an extended intro for the final song on the album but its a great build up. The closing song is LTIA part 2 which in my humble opinion is King Crimsons best instrumental. Alternating between heavy distorted passages and an absolutely awe inspiring interlude, this song is the reason i bought the album. Read more ›
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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic! Classic! Classic! May 2, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Ten to 15 albums in rock history are unlike anything that came before them, and have never been matched. Lark's Tounges In Aspic is one of them.
King Crimson created a strange mix of Stravinsky, Jungle Grooves and abstract jazz here. The title suite builds from little nature noises to a wrecking ball Les Paul riff to an eccentric, thorny funk. Each part sounds like nothing else in popular music; yet it all fits together as organically as the verse, bridge and courus of a Brill Building song.
Book Of Saturday and Exiles are ballads--in theory. But the lyrics are so filled with wry twists, and the playing is so angular, any equation with pop proves absurd a few seconds into a first listen. The two songs seem to form a genre of their very own.
The second half of the album-"Easy Money," "Talking Drum," and the second part of the title track-further experiment with the hybrids layed out on the first half. Jazz solos are played over strange animal noises. The violin is given a Mozart-like line while gongs are banged with chains. It is incredibly wierd, incredibly fresh and incrediably brilliant.
If you are sick of the same old sounds, try this. "But its from 1973!" you say.
Yes, but rock has yet to catch up to Larks Tounges In Aspic.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably good. December 4, 1999
Format:Audio CD
This album is such an amazing achievement that even Crimson couldn't replicate it. I happily give it one of my few 5 stars - unlke many, I don't come on here just to "vote" for my favorites. 5 stars means that this is a work that I can barely imagine improvement on. Although the album has it's brightest moments when the singer is not singing, that's not nearly enough to dull its value.
Briefly, the instrumentation and crispness of sound is unparalleled even with more current production techniques and the supposed progress that is always occuring. We haven't seen anything like this since. It makes other forms of "progressive" rock look like a joke. Here is a music that goes by that guise but is neither progressive nor rock. Not progressive because no one could effectively progress beyond this pinnacle of the idiom, and its uniqueness. Not rock - although of course you can hear elements of it. The musical language and instrumentation are too diverse. Rock makes its name on repetition and relative simplicity. This is musical, spontaneous, exciting stuff, the way "rock" hasn't been in years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LARK,S TONGUES IN ASPIC
Published 1 month ago by michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sounding CD
I compared the sound of this CD to my original record and it is an improvement. My vinyl was all bought new when the album was first released. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Terry Nassoiy
5.0 out of 5 stars King Crimson
what else is there to say? sheer genius...AND I used to be able to get rid of my mother-in-law by playing it at medium volume
Published 2 months ago by scott warwick
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift for my son-in-law
This was a personal request from my son-in-law, so I know he loved it. I haven't listened to it, but he prefers music well done and a little offbeat, so I expect that this CD fits... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Thelma L James
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sonics!
You know since Stephen Wilson did the surround sound version on this it was gonna be good, and it is. Read more
Published 3 months ago by shubb
5.0 out of 5 stars The master tapes for an essential recording
The DVD-Audio recording here is unlike any CD you will hear. It has incredible dynamic range, captured perfectly in 24 bit resolution.. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Charles Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT EDITION
Published 6 months ago by RICARDO CORREA
5.0 out of 5 stars End of Pastoral Crimson. Bring on the City
LTIA represents a change in Fripp's aesthetics, turning from acoustic textures and orchestral gestures that made up the first four KC albums with decidedly diminished returns to a... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mark D. Burgh
3.0 out of 5 stars King Crimson
It is King Crimson. You like them or you don't. I expected more or possibly a change in music style . It is like Court of the Crimson King in style. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mister Natural
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Remaster!
Classic Prog album remastered and mixed by the new master of Prog -Steven Wilson. Great value for this package and sounds awesome!
Published 10 months ago by Kevin M. Brady
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