Format: CD
Artist: King Crimson
CatNo: DGM0503
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Robert Fripp: guitar, mellotron & devices   
Mel Collins: saxes & flute   
Gordon Haskell: bass & vocals   
Andy McCulloch: drums   
Peter Sinfield: words    
Robin Miller: oboe & cor anglais   
Mark Charig: cornet 
Nick Evans: trombone                                  
Keith Tippett: Piano   
Jon Anderson: vocal   
'Lizard' - King Crimson's 3rd studio album & 2nd recording of 1970, was, like its predecessor 'In the Wake of Poseidon', the product of a studio band. It was also the 1st Crimson album for which Robert Fripp provided all of the music. Remarkably self-contained & sounding somewhat atypical for a King Crimson album - even by the standards of a band that rarely sounded similar from album to album, 'Lizard' is an often overlooked & under-appreciated gem from their early years. Certainly at the time of release, anyone expecting an extension of the soundscapes introduced & explored on the band's earlier two albums was in for a surprise. 
'Lizard' featured a lighter, more delicate sound than the earlier albums - an approach perhaps necessitated by an extended instrumental lineup. The expanded range of instruments allowed for intricately interwoven instrumental passages - with Fripp's guitar & Tippett's piano pleasingly to the fore - and this combination, along with the prominence afforded to Mel Collins & the guest players on the album's main title suite, led some to believe that Fripp was guiding Crimson towards the world of jazz & away from rock altogether. But such claims were misguided. Crimson was, as ever, seeking to expand the vocabulary of rock music & 'Lizard' was, in some ways, the band's most ambitious album to date. 
As this lineup never toured, very little of the material was performed live & 'Lizard' remained a product of the studio environment & the musicians who performed on it. Lizard's standalone nature makes it difficult even to compile in context next to Crimson's other material - with only 'Bolero' featuring on the box sets covering Crimson's extensive history. 'Lizard' remains a fascinating, intriguing album - an album only a band called King Crimson could make - even if it was a very different King Crimson to that which had gone before or would
come after.   
Cirkus (including Entry of the Chameleons)
Indoor Games 
Happy Family
Lady of the Dancing Water
Prince Rupert Awakes
Bolero - The Peacock's Tale
The Battle of Glass Tears (including Dawn Song)  
Last Skirmish
Prince Rupert's Lament
Big Top