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Lark's Tongues in Aspic: 30th Anniversary Edition Original recording remastered

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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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  • Audio CD (21 Feb. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • ASIN: B00065MDSG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  DVD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,553 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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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Dr. D. B. Sillars VINE VOICE on 19 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
Although "In the Court of the Crimson King" is usually taken as King Crimson's defining contribution to modern rock music, "Larks' Tongues in Aspic" is in fact their most important musical achievement. Even to this day there are elements from this album that can be found in the sound of the most recent incarnation of the band.
After years of struggling with line-up changes, Robert Fripp in 1972 completely redefined King Crimson with new personnel and a new sound. In came the crunching bass and voice of John Wetton, David Cross on violin and mellotron and Bill Bruford on drums, having just given up the lucrative Yes drum seat to play in something relatively more challenging. But most inspired was the inclusion in the line-up of Jamie Muir who played percussion and allsorts. He was a maverick influence on the band, both musically and visually. On this album his ability to use found objects and sounds added another dimension to the sonic palette on offer.
The album sleeve gives nothing away. On the front there is no album or band title. Just a mysterious, exotic symbol. The music was also mysterious and exotic. The opening "Larks' Tongues in Aspic Part 1" quietly builds around Cross's eastern tinged violin until the band kicks in without notice, sending shockwaves to the listener. The music is complex, intricate and powerful. A band composition, built out of improvisation which this line-up would excel at live. The following "Book of Saturday" is a beautiful ballad, a needed breather after what had gone before. Words on this album are by Richard Palmer-James and are more worldly than the flights of fancy of yore as produced by Peter Sinfield. Another highlight is "Easy Money", again wonderfully embellished by Jamie Muir and with a classic solo by Fripp.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Jun. 2001
Format: Audio CD
This album dates from the time when Robert Fripp managed to put the frustations and false starts of preceding line-ups behind him, and the group began to realise it's full potential. A completely new line-up that saw drummer Bill Bruford and bassist John Wetton thrown against the acoustic eccentricities of percussionist Jamie Muir and violinist David Cross, with Fripp himself very much acting as the fulcrum. The compositions are of the highest standard, from the fiendish complexities of "Larks Part 1", and "Larks Part 2", the comparative simplicity but effectiveness of "Talking Drum", and "Book Of Saturday" which could almost be called a ballad. This album in particular shows levels of light and shade that were absent in later releases. The original CD revealed hidden depths and delights obscured on the original vinyl release, and this re-mastered version cleans up even more gems and brings them to the fore. An essential purchase, even if, like me, you already own two copies!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By U Dick VINE VOICE on 22 Oct. 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I've always loved this album. There are no "hits" on it, this is not commercial music. Rather it is art. That might sound pretentious, but it is. This line up of King Crimson only made this one album and it is a cracker. Far from the precise arrangements of the early Crim, this is a band experimenting with Jazz and free-form stylings. The music is extremely dark. Nothing on Earth sounded like this is 1973. Having bought the rest of the 40th anniversary re-issues I was looking forward most to this one after the sterling work Steven Wilson did with the previous remixes and remasters. It is well worth the wait! Here he pays less attention to the original sound of the album (which the members of KC were never 100% happy with) in favour of bringing out the power buried in the recordings. What a difference! The soundscape is breathtaking, the percussion jumps out now and the overall production is much improved. The DVD also includes the full "Beat Club" footage of this line up in action and numerous different mixes (the 5:1 is awesome) of the LP. Much like Crim shows the way for music, now they are leading the way for how it should be presented. Buy without hesitation.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Smitty Werbenjaegermanjensen (real name) TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Oct. 2012
Format: Audio CD
First impressions - wow! This package just reeks of class and great taste. The whole thing is housed in a 12" by 12" box, only fractionally larger than a vinyl lp. Inside the cds, the dvd and the bluray are housed in gatefolded card mini lp styled sleeves set into 4 recesses in the bas of the box. Above these are a replica ticket, an envelope with postcards featuring one member of the band on each, a frameable lp sized replica of the front artwork, which looks superb at this size(never having owned the lp on vinyl myself) and an lp sized book outlining all that surrounds the album, the band member information and an interview with Robt Fripp, all most informative and interesting.

The sonics on this are outstanding, anyone with a vague interest in the band really ought to get the 40th Anniv version of this remastered album. Steven Wilson and Robert Fripp have remixed the album, as well as using higher quality digital transfers, to outstanding effect. Every instrument is distinct and superbly defined. The remix has allowed the subtleties of the percussion to come up in the mix. Jamie Muirs textural enhancements have never sounded so good. Easy Money is superb, the different tones and metals used in his cymbals/sheets of metal are all clear as the proverbial. If you liked the previous versions of this album then you will love this one.

The Zoom Club, Frankfurt Oct 13, 1972. It is amazing how David Singleton and Alex Mundy can take a tape that no doubt sounded barely legible and eek out the quality of sound that is presented on all of the live recordings in this monster box.
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