Lizard...Least favorite?? One of MY favorites! February 6, 2009
Written by sillyworm
I remember well... walking a mile & 1/2..at night with my friends to buy LIZARD when it was first released..noting ,of course,after listening...that it was WAY different from the previous releases..That was just fine with me...part of the charm of the KC experience. I quite enjoy this LP...as a fan of fantasy writings..Iíd say this was a perfect sountrack for the pictures on the cover.Utterly Mysterious,hinting at a weird and wonderous & beautiful Frippian world.
God bless darkness August 11, 2008
Written by calistenia
Oh i love to listen to Haskell & McCulloch playing in the dark. This might have been the beginning of the double duo. 5 stars because of the íintimateí of the document itself, terribly worthy for those who are interested in recording procedures. Sorry for my english but iím from Spain; i do the best i can.
Drum[s] & Bass? November 14, 2007
Written by Wordsmith
Hearing this track stripped down to its wartsíníall basics throws up all sorts of opportunies for mischief...
Iím a great fan of what Frank Zappa called "Xenochrony", the accidental/virtual instrumental interplay that can result from layering foreign musical elements over one another.
Just for an exercise, I tried putting one of Robertís 1979 Frippertronics performances over the "Lizard" drums & bass parts and - well I never! - it worked pretty well. I also tried (a MIDI transcription of) the "FraKctured" guitar parts and, while there were one or two golden moments of synchronicity, it didnít quite work as a whole. A David Cross solo piece also íinteractedí with the drums & bass in an interesting way... Have any other readers had similar etc etc etc?!
The Pedantic Pedestrian
Thanks - & a comment on spelling November 13, 2007
Written by calyx_AL
Interesting document... Thanks for this, although the alternate take of "Cadence And Cascade" with Greg Lake on vocals from the other week will be hard to beat...
Now, the comment - poor Andy, he has a long history of his name being misspelt, but anyway, itís McCulloch, not McCullough.
Drum Sound November 12, 2007
Written by microbunny
Iíve always loved Andyís drum sound on this record, in particular the sound of the toms. Iíd be interested to know what sort of kit he used on it. I can understand the frustration due to the oddity of playing in isolation without any melodic guidelines. I view this as a considerable achievement, despite Mr.Haskellís reminiscence.
Over the many years Iíve grown to really enjoy this record with the lyrics and particularly flowery flute playing my only real complaints. Frippís electric piano playing is wonderful and rarely heard elsewhere.
Lead Drums!! November 12, 2007
Written by syncopatico
The huge drum sound captured on Lizard in 1970(!!) has always been one of the reasons it has been so influential on numerous musicians (especially drummers). The sonority of the drumkit recording and the performance(s) of Andy McCullogh were truly in-your-face. McCullough channeling Michael Giles results in a singular take possessing an almost maniacal musiciality. This doesnít sound like the drummer in Greenslade, does it? Revealed to be cut to just bass accompaniment explains some of the recklessness of the drumming! And what of the bass player? Gordon Haskell locks into the patterns with simplicity, spot-on timing, and a structural dynamic which holds true throughout the original intention of the piece(s). Maybe it just happened? But either way, these two rhythm anchors often achieve a Mitch Mitchell/Noel Redding-esque symbosis on Lizard.