Lark's Tongues in Aspic Original recording remastered
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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.Read more ›
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.
The recording itself, which won technical awards way back in 1973, is clear as a bell: every nuance from Jamie Muir's eccentric percussion to John Wetton's vocal growls comes through crisply (Wetton no doubt a better vocalist for his going at it with Roger Chapman during his stint in the mighty Family before joining KC). Bill Bruford obviously loved this band, and unfettered of the art-rock formula that Yes was starting to fall into, he unleashes some powerful drumming that, along with Wetton's meaty bass lines, help hold together this sonic supernova. David Cross sometimes plays against Fripp's leads with great effect, his violin swooping and soaring like a flying prehistoric reptile chasing its next meal.
And Fripp, well, praise be to whatever the source of his muse here, for it is both balm to the jaded nerves of those disenfranchised by the corporate takeover of FM radio and anathema to the lobotomized program directors who have laid waste to creative playlists.
I'm keeping a star back because the two versions of the title track sometimes veer off so far that the music dissolves into a vapor. Still the explosiveness of Easy Money clears the mind and feeds one's bellicose instincts, while Exiles calms the soul of the wanderer and hermit found somewhere deep down in us all.
Like any King Crimson outing, "Larks Tongues in Aspic" is not everyone's cup of tea, but everyone needs to sample this one as a reminder of the power of imagination fueled by technique.
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