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King Crimson
Art Rock,Prog-Rock,Avant-Garde Jazz
December 11, 1970
Wessex Sound, London, England
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Lizard is the third studio album by British progressive rock band King Crimson, released in December 1970 by record label Island. It was the second recorded by a transitional line-up of the group that never had the opportunity to perform live, following In the Wake of Poseidon. This is the only album by the band to feature bassist and vocalist Gordon Haskell, apart from his appearance on the song "Cadence and Cascade" from the previous album, and drummer Andy McCulloch as official members of the band.

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)

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Lizard - Студийный альбом от King Crimson. Вышел 11 декабря 1970г. В альбом вошло 29 треков. Продолжительность альбома: 03:11:41. Cirkus (studio run through with guide vocal from original session). Indoor Games (2009 stereo mix). Bolero (from Frame by Frame). Happy Family (2009 stereo mix). Cirkus (2009 stereo mix). Lady of the Dancing Water (2009 stereo mix). Lady of the Dancing Water (alternate take).

Lizard is King Crimson's jazziest album. They had played with it before, but here the jazz/jazz fusion takes over pretty much completely. But that isn't revealed just yet; with the opening track Cirkus (they used a "k", how edgy!) A typical opener for Crimson, with the same menacing feel as other openers like One More Red Nightmare (Red, 1974) and 21st Century Schizoid Man (1969, In the Court of the Crimson King), but starts out nicely enough to dismiss that thought.

More albums from King Crimson: BBC College Concert Series by King Crimson. The Collectors’ King Crimson (Volume Five) by King Crimson. The Collectable King Crimson Volume One (Live In Mainz, 1974, Live In Asbury Park, 1974) by King Crimson. Larks’ Tongues In Aspic by King Crimson. THRAK by King Crimson. Absent Lovers (Live In Montreal 1984) by King Crimson. Earthbound by King Crimson. Vivre Comme Ça by King Crimson. View all albums . Lizard.

Track List

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 Cirkus (Including Entry of the Chameleons) Robert Fripp / Peter Sinfield King Crimson 6:27
2 Indoor Games Robert Fripp / Peter Sinfield King Crimson 5:37
3 Happy Family Robert Fripp / Peter Sinfield King Crimson 4:22
4 Lady of the Dancing Water Robert Fripp / Peter Sinfield King Crimson 2:47
5 Lizard: Prince Rupert Awakes/Bolero: The Peacock's Tale/The Battle of G Robert Fripp / Peter Sinfield King Crimson 23:15


Jon Anderson - Guest Artist, Vocals
Tony Arnold - Remastering
Ginni Barris - Paintings
Marc Charig - Cornet
Mel Collins - Flute, Saxophone
Nick Evans - Trombone
Robert Fripp - Composer, Devices, Guitar, Keyboards, Mellotron, Producer, Remastering, Writer
Gordon Haskell - Bass, Guitar (Bass), Vocals
Simon Heyworth - Remastering
King Crimson - Primary Artist
Andy McCulloch - Drums
Obin Miller - Wind
Robin Miller - Cor Anglais, Oboe
Hugh O'Donnell - Design
Peter Sinfield - Composer, Concept, Lyricist, Picture, Producer, Writer
Robbin Thompson - Engineer
Robin Thompson - Engineer
Keith Tippett - Keyboards, Piano, Piano (Electric)
Geoff Workman - Tapes
  • Fonceiah
To me this is truly a conceptual album, from the lyrics, to the music and album cover artwork. To me few albums have such a harmony between these factors. The music is a great blend of jazz and rock using both traditional and new for the time instruments. The themes are mystical as well contemporary, Happy Family is about The Beatles. Granted it is not for everyone, but if you delve into this album, and let it take you on its musical journey, you will come out the other end knowing it was worth the experience. I don't listen to it as much as I once did, but it has remained one of my favorite albums for over forty years.
  • LeXXXuS
One of the most under-rated albums of all time. There is nothing on earth like it and I have been playing it at least 30 times a year for 40 years! Every time you put it on you hear something you have missed before! Cirkus is a song you can never tire of-totally unique-(Just listen to Fripp's guitar in the background). I am a Crimson nut but could never understand why this album gets such a bad press! The title track just builds and builds to a glorious climax ending with a Fripp solo which is gut- rechingly beautiful. Five stars without a doubt!
  • Tane
Despite many negative reviews, this is a very listenable album and a wonderful indicator of where King Crimson was heading stylistically. Note the Starlessesque mellotron chords in "Lizard."
  • Ganthisc
Not the best of King Crimson, but I can't resist to give it five stars, because it's one of the most fascinating works of the group.The good thing about King Crimson is that, since they kept mutating their style from album to album and expanding rock limits all along the 70's, everyone of those albums is very interesting to listen, to say the least. And, even when one of those albums doesn´t reach the perfection in the concept that it tries to show, it's music that makes most of the more "conventional" rock albums from other bands pale.So, this is not a full success of King Crimson. It isn't as equilibrated as "Larks tongues..." neither has the perfect, wonderful melodies of "In the court...". Plus, it has Haskell, whose voice isn't the best for the group. But I must consider this a five stars album, because of its bizarre but intriguing arrangements, the misterious atmosphere of some moments (for example the beginning of "Lizard") or the "magical" ambient that seems to suggest the listener images of other distant worlds. I think the sleeve show the idea I'm trying to explain: the music is as the sleeve.I love to get lost in the innumerable details this album offers.Special mention to the incredible "Cirkus".
  • watching to future
Criminally underrated. One of my top 3 KC albums along with "In The Court..." and "Larks' Tongues In Aspic". A jazzy masterpiece.
  • Captain America
I have always loved this album, as a highlight in the KC catalogue. When it comes to humour it stands out as one of few albums of the time and genre that has some. But the beauty of it lays in the superb musicianship and the writing. Who could come up with all these ideas?
  • Dreladred
Hard to believe, but this is one of the least accessible albums by the band - and that's saying something. Weird to a fault, with sinister lyrics penned by Sinfield, this is one of the most bizarre efforts to come out of the early 70's.Repeated listenings are rewarded greatly as this album slowly reveals its hidden treasures. Sonically, Crimson has departed their previous 2 efforts and moved into even jazzier territories, with new instrumentals and electronic treatments. The vocals and lyrics are disturbing, who ever thought Jon Anderson could sound downright creepy. Certainly Crimson hits perhaps their eeriest mood ever right here, almost to a suffocating degree. The sense of impending doom and insanity is palpable.I find 3 stars to be pathetically low (review now updated to 4.5 I see). This was 1971 when Joan Baez, John Denver, Donny Osmond and the Carpenters ruled the airwaves. In the world of rock here was absolutely nothing like this at the time, and in fact there never was afterwards. A groundbreaking effort with stellar playing, performances and songwriting throughout. 5 stars.
  • LØV€ YØỮ
King Crimson's third effort utilizes stronger jazz elements than previous efforts, and provides a welcome break from the format of the first two albums. Consequently, it's a harder album to get into, but rewards the patient listener willing to deconstruct its many layers and movements. But this version of King Crimson would soon start to fall apart as well; reportedly, lead vocalist Gordon Haskell was not fond of the electronic treatments of his voice and left before the album was finished. Hence, Jon Anderson's guest vocals on "Prince Rupert Awakes".
  • Nalmergas
This is absolutely my favourite King Crimson album. As much as i love their other albums, this album is hands down way more unique than their others. They have no other album that sounds like this one. To me Lizard is a very dark and mystical sounding album. Every single time I listen to it I catch something that i missed before. Every single track has something amazing to offer and I simply can't get enough of it. And the music can go with any occasion. This one has to be in my top 20 most important albums of my life. This is why i give it a perfect 5 star. ????????????
  • Androwyn
This is one of my faves by King C., don't have a clue why its rated so low here. The jazzy instrumentation and great guitar work is something I had to let grow on me, but now, I get it. It also has a beautiful sound to it, mellotron, I believe.