King Crimson – Larks’ Tongues in Aspic (1973)

Artist Credit
Bill Bruford Composer, Drums
David Cross Composer, Mellotron, Viola, Violin
Robert Fripp Composer, Devices, Guitar, Mellotron, Remastering
Simon Heyworth Remastering
King Crimson Primary Artist
Jamie Muir Composer, Percussion
Hugh O’Donnell Design
Richard Palmer-James Composer
Nick Ryan Engineer
John Wetton Bass, Composer, Vocals

King Crimson reborn yet again — the then-newly configured band makes its debut with a violin (courtesy of David Cross) sharing center stage with Robert Fripp’s guitars and his Mellotron, which is pushed into the background. The music is the most experimental of Fripp’s career up to this time — though some of it actually dated (in embryonic form) back to the tail-end of the Boz Burrell-Ian Wallace-Mel Collins lineup. And John Wetton was the group’s strongest singer/bassist since Greg Lake’s departure three years earlier. What’s more, this lineup quickly established itself as a powerful performing unit, working in a more purely experimental, less jazz-oriented vein than its immediate predecessor. “Outer Limits music” was how one reviewer referred to it, mixing Cross’ demonic fiddling with shrieking electronics, Bill Bruford’s astounding dexterity at the drum kit, Jamie Muir’s melodic and usually understated percussion, Wetton’s thundering yet melodic bass, and Fripp’s guitar, which generated sounds ranging from traditional classical and soft pop-jazz licks to hair-curling electric flourishes.

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