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Lizard (CD + DVD Audio) Extra tracks, Special Edition, Original recording remastered


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Continuing with the 40th Anniversary Series, this version of Lizard contains an audio CD, with 5.1 Surround Sound mix from the original studio masters, by Steven Wilson, fully approved by Robert Fripp, as well as three extra tracks and a new stereo album mix by Robert Fripp and Steven Wilson. Also included is a DVD-A featuring a 5.1 DTS Mix and a High Resolution Stereo Mix (24bit). Compatible with all DVD and DVD Rom Players, DVD-A players can additionally access a 5.1 Lossless Audio Mix and Losless Stereo Mix.

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King Crimson: Gordon Haskell (vocals, bass); Robert Fripp (guitar, Mellotron, electric keyboards); Mel Collins (flute, saxophone); Andy McCulloch (drums); Peter Sinfield. Additional personnel: Jon Anderson (vocals); Robin Miller (oboe); Mark Charig (cornet); Nick Evans (trombone); Kevin Tippet (piano). LIZARD can be seen as the third album in the trilogy that makes up Crimson's first phase, which began with IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING. The musical and lyrical concepts are more complex than on the first two albums, the arrangements more elaborate. Pete Sinfield's lyrics, already full of surreal mystical imagery, changed by turns more inaccessible and slightly psychedelic. Horns play a much larger role on LIZARD, the horn section injecting some punch into the production, and Mel Collins' flute and sax emerging as an important solo voice. Things turn slightly harsher on tracks like "Indoor Games," a catalogue of people's private indiscretions, and "Happy Family" an allegory obviously about the then-current breakup of the Beatles. As always, there's a beautiful ballad ("Lady of the Dancing Water," singer Gordon Haskell's finest moment) included amidst all the uproar. Crimson's peers Yes are even represented, as Jon Anderson makes a guest vocal appearance on the title cut, a throwback to the semi-mythical lyric approach of KC's debut. --Muze

Disc: 1
1. Cirkus
2. Indoor Games
3. Happy Family
4. Lady of the Dancing Water
5. Lizard
6. Lady of the Dancing Water (alt. Mix)
7. Bolero (Frame by Frame remix)
8. Cirkus (studio run through)
Disc: 2
1. Lizard Album DVD-A Lossless Surround Sound, DTS 5.1 Surround Sound
2. Lizard Album original mix - High Resolution Stereo
3. Lizard Album new mix High Resolution Stereo
4. All 3 Bonus tracks in High Resolution Stereo

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 12, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Extra tracks, Special Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Discipline Us
  • ASIN: B002LLE3PY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,504 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Actually, his lyrics in "Lizard" are extremely good.
Laon
Always an amazing mix of progressive rock and jazz, "Lizard" arguably stands out among the best King Crimson accomplishments.
Martin A Hogan
Cirkus and Happy Family are examples of complex structured tracks, with nice melodies, jazzy harmonies and dramatic lyrics.
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Martin A Hogan HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 12, 2010
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Robert Fripp provides some skeptical and cynical notes about this album. In 2009, he wrote of "Lizard": "Labour and laboring, mostly joyous, strive effortfully to present appearance of cohesion". He also reminds us that "Lizard" was both not as commercially successful as other King Crimson albums and that he doesn't feel it is the most critically accomplished of his albums. That's a lot to say about your work. All the more amazing that Steven Wilson was able to convince Fripp to release this 5.1 surround sound version. This is even more surprising when you realize that "In The Wake Of Poseidon" was skipped temporarily.

Always an amazing mix of progressive rock and jazz, "Lizard" arguably stands out among the best King Crimson accomplishments. Noted for a variety of distortions/effects of different vocals, Wilson manages to extract them and balance them so they stand out clearly and crisply. In fact, all the instrumentals on every track are separated or enhanced to truly bring attention to every detail. These are things that are often missed on the stereo mixes.

"Cirkus" flat out rattles your senses with its mix of rock and freeform blasts. Fripp's mellotron is so powerful, it's stunning. Andy McCulloch on drums is dizzying and emphatic. These tracks (along with others here) take Pete Sinfield's lyrics and elevate the entire song to a nearly psychedelic level. "Happy Family", allegedly a comment on the Beatles break-up is one of the few songs that get muddied in the new mix, but not for great effort from Wilson. The original tracks and "scraps and fragments of stuff" were meticulously remixed. As Sid Smith notes: "For me `Lizard' has always been an album that was too big for stereo to contain.
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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful By William Polhemus on November 24, 2006
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Please understand that I came upon King Crimson just as Crimso Mk. I was laid to rest, in 1973 or so. I was a lonely, too-sensitive fifteen-year-old growing up in Alabama, and newly in love with prog-rock. I "learned" the King Crimson oeuvre chronologically, starting with ItCotCK, then ItWoP, then "Lizard."

"Islands" had just been released that very year; KC broke up immediately after the conclusion of the "Islands" tour, and I therefore had missed my opportunity ever to see them live--or so I thought.

Having put my POV in context, please know that upon first hearing I knew that "Lizard" would be my favorite of all the KC Mk. I albums, and so it remains to this day. There is truly no accounting for taste, of course, and I am sure that mine is the decidedly minority view, but the opinion formed in my sixteenth year is concurred with in my fiftieth.

First, "Lizard" is saturated with jazz fusion - another of my musical loves that lingers to this day. Many of the "sidemen" on the album, including Mel Collins and Keith Tippett, continue to produce experimental jazz, and they never sounded better than on this record. The complex, interwoven layers are, in fact, much more dense than what groups like Weather Report and Return to Forever were laying down in that era, and I would suspect that even the grand-daddy of Fusion, Miles Davis himself, was probably impressed with the complexity and breadth of "Lizard" (though I have no way of knowing this).

Half of the album (Side Two on the original vinyl) is a "concept piece," and the remainder is a loosely conjoined bit of psychedelic free-association that hangs together just as well. The sound is even more dense than the Mellotron-saturated first two albums, yet so much more sophisticated.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Eric Sorensen on January 13, 2010
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Marty posted a great review, and I would like to add some points. I'm one of those King Crimson fans that was a huge fan years ago (even before CD's), and I'm getting back to them again. What I remember of this album is that it was my least played Crimson album (and I had all of them), with the possible execption of Earthbound, which just sounded crappy - and even Fripp will admit that!

My used copy of the Lizard LP was bought around 1987. It has a lovely shiny cover with a horribly scratched record - So scratched I had to add a gram of weight to the needle to overcome a skip in the title track. I made a point to play this old record before I listened to this 5.1 DTS version that arrived in the mail last night. What a huge, huge contrast. On this new DVD you can pick up every instrument's tiny little nuance. And every instument has it's place in the 3D space of your listening room - and sometimes they move about in a natural manor consistant with the orignal stereo recording. Just like DVD-A of "In the Court of the Crimson King", the recording is clear, crisp, and detailed, with no pops, hiss, hum, wow or flutter. Amazing since the tapes used were 40 years old. I have to add that I'm having a hard time believing what I'm hearing - I'm hearing detail and instruments that were completely lost in that old scratchy record of mine. Just for fun, pull down the levels on all but one rear speaker and you will see what I mean.

I certantly have a new appreciation for this underdog Crimson album. It really is a great disk - it's like I've discovered it for the first time. I'm seriously impressed with everthing about this re-issue. The sound, especially, but the packaging, booklet, and bonus tracks on the disks are great. The only thing missing is a concert video like Red 5.1 has - of course there may not be one available since this lineup broke up soon after the recording was made.

A really top-notch product here. I highly recommend it!
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Something is wrong with the "Lizard" DVD-A
The DVD will play on any DVD player, a Blu-ray player is not required. However, a standard DVD player will only access the 5.1 surround audio in DTS on this particular disc. If you want to hear the 5.1 and stereo audio in lossless 96khz/24bit audio, you need a DVD-Audio capable DVD player. ... Read More
Sep 16, 2011 by Rushead 2112-Hemispheres |  See all 16 posts
Fantastic 5.1 Surround Version By Steven Wilson!
Fripp's Canterbury Tales
I had listened to this on vinyl back in the day, in its first appearance on CD at a more advanced day, at the turn of the milennium on the Virgin remaster, and now Steven Wilson's shot at it, and this is the best, in both CD and DVD format to date. Squeezing more blood... Read More
Nov 27, 2009 by o dubhthaigh |  See all 8 posts
squeezing more blood from the turnip?
>" . . . and likewise will not play on early DVD players that were manufactured prior to the DVD-A specification."

The DVDs will play on early players, but you won't have access to the MLP lossless audio, just the DVD-Video audio, in lossy DTS 5.1 and lossless PCM 2.0. But it will... Read More
Nov 13, 2009 by Rushead 2112-Hemispheres |  See all 2 posts
Why the delay in the U.S. release?
I'm wondering, too. I would get it from Burningshed, but I'm getting the pre-order 16.99 price from Amazon with free shipping. I hate to pay more than I have to - and it's not like the music will get "old" while I wait!
Nov 23, 2009 by Eric Sorensen |  See all 11 posts
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