Alex Mundy has blown the dust off the multi-tracks for Lizard and provided us with a solo performance from Keith Tippett. By isolating and editing Keith’s final take on Prince Rupert Awakes, we hear the piece anew. With the spaces usually reserved for the vocals now removed and all the piano sections sewn together, a yearning ballad trickles from Tippett’s fingers. With all the other instruments stripped away, we hear the microphones at Wessex pick up Keith humming along to his own playing as the music moves into the dramatic chord work of the final section. You’ve heard Prince Rupert Awake before but never quite like this.

This track is now available for download as part of a bumper collection of Mr Stormy's Monday Selections Volume Eight - Yes, his eighth year of treasures from the murky, cavernous DGM archives, torch in hand, fedora upon his head.

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Lizard Prince Rupert Awakes
03:24
Written by Don Henson
Lizard / Tippett / Greatness
Wow what an interesting thing to be able to listen to. Hearing all the bits and the edited out parts is amazing. A phenomenal editing job indeed. I have followed Tippett since falling in love with this album years ago. I know it houses an amount of chaos unheard of by many contemporary outfits at the time, but it does so with such musicality. Still my favorite Crimso album. Thank you Mr. Munday for taking the time to make this available to us. Thank you DGM!!
Written by Michael Paulus
fantastic
i always liked "lizard", and this is just another show piece why this is the case, i am also amazed again and again that crimson (fripp that is)  managed throughout their career to work with such great musicians--that is true up to now...
Written by David Kronemyer
Prince Rupert Awakes
This is a gorgeous solo piano recording played by Keith Tippett. Through some kind of electronic wizardry process it has been isolated from the other instruments on the track, so that Mr. Tippett is the only one heard. The general theme of many comments - even by the artists themselves - is that the Lizard album somehow is an inferior project, that it is musically disorganized, that it generally is unworthy, etc. Recently listening to it again, it struck me just how wonderful, psychotic and amazing it really is - a kind of modern-esque chamber music. If you are a fan of this record you also will enjoy "September Energy" by Centipede, an ad hoc aggregation of musicians centered around Mr. Tippett. The album was produced by Mr. Fripp.
Written by Thomas Butler
Beautiful
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