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King Crimson

Lizard (23:22)

"Lizard" is the longest composed (as distinct from improvised) piece ever recorded by King Crimson. This piece is divided into several sections and even subsections, with a narrative running through its entirety, about a prince who takes part in an epic battle. The track's grandiloquence verges on (self-) parody.

Lizard's opening section, "Prince Rupert Awakes", features Jon Anderson (from Yes) in his only ever…

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  • @petross85 Bill Bruford doesn't play on this song or the album of the same name.
  • Nice with headphones, so is this one, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDUUPiRdZSsn1QTwCRe_p-A
  • I love Bill Bruford
  • One of their finest!
  • The opening section with Jon Anderson is easily the best part. The rest of the track is still great, though. It's a beautiful, haunting song and the improvisations (especially the ones from Mel Collins) are outstanding.
  • epic masterpiece
  • The part with Jon Anderson...oh God THAT FUCKING LOVELY PART <3 [2]
  • Lizards have feelings too

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