September 11, 1970
Here’s another rarity from the Lizard sessions. With the core instrumental backing tracks in place, Gordon Haskell lays down a guide vocal which either contains an early read-through of the not yet completed lyrics or some on the spot vamping by the singer. Fripp can also be heard limbering up for those incisive acoustic guitar runs that we know from the finished version.
Though Mark Charig’s cornet is absent, there’s a spooky cavalcade of infernal brass settings and unearthly strings from the Mellotron that will thrill lovers of this old-school proto-sampler. Also of interest is Fripp’s dabbling with the Hammond organ at the end of the piece. If you like Lizard then you’re going to love this.