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King Crimson - Larks' Tongues In Aspic - 40th Anniversary Edition (limited edition box set)



Larks' Tongues In Aspic, from 1973, is widely regarded as one of the truly great King Crimson albums.

With its raw tone, inspired improvisations and hard hitting odd-metered rhythms, the album marked a radical departure for this most forward thinking of groups and was the first to include Bill Bruford and John Wetton as band members.

This 40th anniversary 15 disc box set is the ultimate edition of the classic album.

Full track listing below.

Please note, this is a limited edition with a global pressing of 7,000 units in total.



Tracks

Larks' Tongues in Aspic - The Complete Recordings

Disc 1 - CD:

The Zoom Club, Frankfurt
October 13, 1972

1) Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part I)
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

2) Book of Saturday
(Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

3) Zoom
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

4) Improv: Zoom Zoom
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

From a tape bootleg, Audio restored at DGM by David Singleton
and Alex R. Mundy.

Astonishingly, this is the first gig this band ever played together. They’d only been rehearsing for a few weeks. To our knowledge, only this night (of three) was recorded.

Previously available via mail order as part of King Crimson Collectors’ Club series 20 (2002).

Disc 2 - CD:

The Zoom Club, Frankfurt
October 13, 1972

1) Easy Money
(Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

2) Improv : Fallen Angel
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

3) Improv : Z’Zoom
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

4) Exiles
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

5) The Talking Drum
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

6) Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II)
(Fripp)

From a tape bootleg, Audio restored at DGM by David Singleton
and Alex R. Mundy.

Previously available via mail order as part of King Crimson Collectors’ Club series 20 (2002).

Disc 3 - CD:

Live in the studio, Bremen
October 17, 1972

1) Improv : The Rich Tapestry Of Life
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

2) Exiles
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

3) Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part I)
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

Mono audio from King Crimson archive tape.

Most groups chose to play a couple of songs from a recent album or a well- known hit. King Crimson played three tracks, two yet to be recorded & a 30 minute improv. All were filmed. Only Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part1) was broadcast on Beat Club.

Previously available via mail order as part of King Crimson Collectors’ Club series 3 (1999).

Disc 4 - CD:

Hull Technical College
November 10, 1972

1) Walk On : No Pussyfooting
(Fripp, Eno)

2) Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part I)
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

3) Book of Saturday
(Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

4) RF Announcement

5) Improv : Vista Training College Under Spot Light
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

6) Exiles
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

From a cassette bootleg, audio restored at DGM by David Singleton and
Alex R. Mundy.

This is taken from the first date of the British Tour proper, a firm 5 star fan favourite among those who have downloaded the show from DGMLive.com. Complete performance including the 30 minute Vista Training College improv, the first recorded 21st Century Schizoid Man encore by the quintet and a John Wetton interview bonus at the end.

Disc 5 - CD:

Hull Technical College
November 10, 1972

1) Easy Money
(Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

2) Improv : Fallen Angel Hullabaloo
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

3) The Talking Drum
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

4) Larks’ Tongues in Aspic (Part II)
(Fripp)

5) 21st Century Schizoid Man
(Fripp, McDonald, Lake, Giles, Sinfield)

6) John Wetton interview

From a cassette bootleg, audio restored at DGM by David Singleton and Alex R. Mundy.

Previously available as a download only from HYPERLINK "http://www.dgmlive.com" www.dgmlive.com (2011).

Disc 6 - CD:

Guildford Civic Hall
November 13, 1972

1) Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part I)
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

2) Book of Saturday (Daily Games)
(Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

3) RF Announcement

4) Improv: All That Glitters Is Not Nail Polish
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

5) Exiles
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

6) Improv: A Deniable Bloodline
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

Taken from a band cassette soundboard recording. Audio restored at DGM by David Singleton and Alex R. Mundy.

Though incomplete as a show, this has much to recommend it – a lovely Book of Saturday (still called Daily Games at this point) & a shorter but no less powerful improv than previous, with Exiles incomplete & only a taster from the second improv to leave the listener all the more eager for the missing sections.

Previously available via mail order as part of KC Collectors’ Club series 24 (2003).

Disc 7 - CD:

Oxford New Theatre
November 25, 1972

1) Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part I)
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

2) RF Announcement

3) Book of Saturday
(Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

4) Improv: A Boolean Melody Medley
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

5) Exiles
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

Taken from a cassette bootleg, audio restored June 2012 at DGM by David Singleton and Alex R. Mundy.

Also incomplete, but the material that would form the first side of the album is now solidifying, the playing has tightened as the tour has progressed and the improv's a killer – another fan favourite download.

Previously available as a download only from HYPERLINK "http://www.dgmlive.com" www.dgmlive.com (2008).

Disc 8 - CD:

Glasgow Green's Playhouse
December 1, 1972

1) Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part I)
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

2) RF Announcement

3) Book of Saturday
(Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

4) Improv: A Vinyl Hobby Job
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

5) Exiles
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

6) Easy Money
(Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

7) Improv : Behold! Blond Bedlam
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

Taken from a cassette bootleg, audio restored June 2012 at DGM by David Singleton and Alex R. Mundy.

The enthusiasm of the audience and the stellar playing balance the deficiencies in the sound quality with a fiery Easy Money & incomplete second improv – complete with much audience participation - giving a flavour of the evening.

Previously unreleased.

Disc 9 - CD:

Portsmouth Guildhall
December 15, 1972

1) Book Of Saturday
(Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

2) Improv: An Edible Bovine Dynamo
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

3) Exiles
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

4) Easy Money
(Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

5) Improv: Ahoy! Modal Mania
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

6) The Talking Drum
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

7) Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II)
(Fripp)

8) 21st Century Schizoid Man
(Fripp, McDonald, Lake, Giles, Sinfield)

Taken from a cassette bootleg, audio restored June 2012 at DGM by David Singleton and Alex R. Mundy.

Missing LTIA Part 1 – but otherwise complete, the final night of the tour prior to a break pre-Christmas and the album recordings at the beginning of 1973. Also – although nobody suspected it at the time, Jamie Muir’s penultimate gig with the band and the final known live recording of the quintet line-up.

Previously unreleased.

Disc 10 - CD:

Larks Tongues in Aspic
Session Reels

1) "Keep That One, Nick"
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

Taking the form of an audio documentary and placing the listener in Command studios in early 1973 as the quintet maps out the material destined for the album. Featuring first takes of every piece recorded for the album interspersed with studio talk between band members and engineer.

Edited, compiled, assembled and produced by David Singleton, assisted by Alex R. Mundy – July 2012.

Disc 11 - CD:

Original 1973 Stereo Mix
30th Anniversary Remaster

1) Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part I)
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

2) Book of Saturday
(Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

3) Exiles
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

4) Easy Money
(Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

5) The Talking Drum
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

6) Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II)
(Fripp)

8) US Radio Ad

7) Easy Money (edit)
(Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

8) Exiles (edit)
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

9) Larks’ Tongues in Aspic (Part II)
(Fripp)

30th anniversary master with audio extras including the US radio advert for the album and the US promo EP – the latter taken from vinyl & illustrating how plans sometimes go wrong. Side one of the EP featuring edits intended to promote the album at radio was pressed off centre

Disc 12 - DVD-A

Audio Content:

MLP Lossless 5.1 Surround (DVD-A players and some Blu-Ray players)
DTS 5.1 Digital Surround (DVD/Blu-Ray players and DVD-Rom/Blu-Ray drives)

The 2012 Surround Sound mix by Steven Wilson and Robert Fripp

1) Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part I)
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

2) Book of Saturday
(Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

3) Exiles
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

4) Easy Money
(Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

5) The Talking Drum
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

6) Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II)
(Fripp)

MLP Lossless Stereo (24/96) (DVD-A players and some Blu-Ray players)
PCM Stereo 2.0 (24/48) (DVD/Blu-Ray players and DVD-Rom/Blu-Ray drives)

The 2012 stereo album mix by Robert Fripp and Steven Wilson

1) Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part I)
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

2) Book of Saturday
(Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

3) Exiles
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

4) Easy Money
(Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

5) The Talking Drum
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

6) Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II)
(Fripp)

PCM Stereo 2.0 (24/48)

Original 1973 Stereo Mix
30th Anniversary Remaster

1) Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part I)
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

2) Book of Saturday
(Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

3) Exiles
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

4) Easy Money
(Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

5) The Talking Drum
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

6) Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II)
(Fripp)

Alternate takes and mixes

1) Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part I) (Alt mix)
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

2) Book of Saturday (Alt take)
(Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

3) Exiles (Alt mix)
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

4) Easy Money (Jamie Muir solo)
(Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

5) The Talking Drum (Alt mix)
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

6) Larks’ Tongues in Aspic (Part II) (Alt mix)
(Fripp)

7) Easy Money (Alt take)
(Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

Video Content (audio dual mono)

1) Improv : The Rich Tapestry Of Life

2) Exiles

3) Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part I)

4) Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part I) (as broadcast on Beat Club)

Dual Layer Format - transition between DVD layers may trigger a slight pause

Disc 13 - CD

Alternate takes and mixes

1) Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part I) (Alt mix)
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

2) Book of Saturday (Alt take)
(Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

3) Exiles (Alt mix)
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

4) Easy Money (Jamie Muir solo)
(Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

5) The Talking Drum (Alt mix)
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

6) Larks’ Tongues in Aspic (Part II) (Alt mix)
(Fripp)

7) Easy Money (Alt take)
(Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

An album’s worth of alternate takes and mixes by Steven Wilson presented in album order plus an edit of Easy Money by David Singleton & Alex R. Mundy taken from the session reels.

Disc 14 - CD:

The 2012 stereo album mix

1) Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part I)
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

2) Book of Saturday
(Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

3) Exiles
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

4) Easy Money
(Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

5) The Talking Drum
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

6) Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II)
(Fripp)

Mixed by Robert Fripp and Steven Wilson.

Disc 15 - CD:

BLU-RAY DISC

Audio Content

DTS-HD Master Surround 5.1
LPCM 5.1 Surround

The 2012 Surround mix by Steven Wilson and Robert Fripp

1) Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part I)
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

2) Book of Saturday
(Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

3) Exiles
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

4) Easy Money
(Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

5) The Talking Drum
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

6) Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II)
(Fripp)

LPCM Stereo (24/96)

The 2012 stereo album mix by Robert Fripp and Steven Wilson

1) Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part I)
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

2) Book of Saturday
(Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

3) Exiles
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

4) Easy Money
(Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

5) The Talking Drum
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

6) Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II)
(Fripp)

LPCM Stereo (24/96)

Original 1973 Stereo Mix
30th Anniversary Remaster

1) Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part I)
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

2) Book of Saturday
(Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

3) Exiles
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

4) Easy Money
(Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

5) The Talking Drum
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

6) Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II)
(Fripp)

Alternate takes and mixes

1) Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part I) (Alt mix)
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

2) Book of Saturday (Alt take)
(Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

3) Exiles (Alt mix)
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

4) Easy Money (Jamie Muir solo)
(Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

5) The Talking Drum (Alt mix)
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

6) Larks’ Tongues in Aspic (Part II) (Alt mix)
(Fripp)

7) Easy Money (Alt take)
(Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

The Session Reels

1) "Keep That One, Nick"
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

LPCM Dual Mono (24/96)

Live in the studio

1) Improv : The Rich Tapestry Of Life
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

2) Exiles
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

3) Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part I)
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

LPCM Stereo (24/96)
Original UK vinyl transfer

1) Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part I)
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

2) Book of Saturday
(Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

3) Exiles
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

4) Easy Money
(Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

5) The Talking Drum
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

6) Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II)
(Fripp)

Original US vinyl transfer

1) Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part I)
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

2) Book of Saturday
(Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

3) Exiles
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

4) Easy Money
(Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

5) The Talking Drum
(Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)

6) Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II)
(Fripp)

Video Content

Audio LPCM Dual Mono (24/96)

1) Improv : The Rich Tapestry Of Life

2) Exiles

3) Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part I)

4) Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part I) (as broadcast on Beat Club)

Also includes:

36 page booklet with photos, timeline/expanded diary, timeline, transcript of extensive Robert Fripp interview conducted by David Singleton (July 2012), new essays by King Crimson historian Sid Smith and set compiler Declan Colgan.

Print of original album sleeve, individual band member postcards, reproduction of UK tour handbill and reproduction of Rainbow Theatre London concert ticket stub.

Downloadable Content

See back of reproduction of Rainbow Theatre London concert ticket to obtain the concert from that venue as an exclusive download – listener beware – audio for this show is of such poor quality as to be beyond meaningful restoration and is included solely for historic purposes.



Credits

Bill Bruford / drums
David Cross / violin, viola, Mellotron
Robert Fripp / guitar, Mellotron, devices
Jamie Muir / percussion
John Wetton / bass, vocals

 




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