Other formats

    Adobe Portable Document Format file (facsimile images)   TEI XML file   ePub eBook file  


    mail icontwitter iconBlogspot iconrss icon

Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume. 34, Number 16. September 8th 1971

King Crimson: Lizard

page break

King Crimson: Lizard

Side one of King Crimson's third Lp seems to me to be a logical extension of In the Wake of Poseidon and a higher level of abstraction is reached. Sinfield, noted for his highly condensed lyrics, has eased slightly on this record and the abstraction seems to have been passed on to the music. His lyrics though still partially contracted arc understandable:

Cleaned my feel of mud, followed the empty
Zebra ride to the Crikus,
Past a painted eagle, spoke to the pay box
Glove which wrote on my tongue
Pushed me down a slide to the arena
Megaphonian fanfare
In his cloak of words strode the ringmaster
Bid me join the parade. . .


The instrumentals and vocals, however, are very harsh and disjointed and develop a sort of jarring condensed abstract quality. Fripp's mellotron is once again dominant, almost to the point that one gets to hate the sound of the instrument. Side Two of the LP comes up as a complete surprise this is the actual "lizard" part of the record and almost marks a return to the simple and musical notes of In the Court of the Crimson Kings. The music sort of flows along smoothly theough Prince Rupert Awakes, Bolero - The Peacock's Tale ending in The Battle of Class Tears which concludes with Prince Rupert's Lament:

Burt with dream and taut with fear
Dawn's misty shawl upon them
Three Hills apart great armies stir
Spit oath and curse as dawn breaks.
Forming lines of horse and steel
By even yards march forward

I haven't heard such good music from them since their first LP and if it's a sign of things to come this may be a group to watch.

Ian Matthews

Ian Matthews

If You Saw Thro' My Eyes

Desert Inn — Hearts — Never Ending — Reno Nevada — Little Known — Hinge — Southern Wind — It Came Without Warning — You Couldn't Lose — Morgan The Pirate — Thro' My Eyes

6360 034