The music produced by the British band King Crimson has been called weird, trippy, bizarre, strange and probably many other such extreme descriptions for which one has to apparently acquire a taste. But mostly they fall into the category of avant-guard and experimental jazz.
The many artists who worked on this particular record, the third album. released by the Band, are Robert Fripp on guitar, mellotron, electric keyboards, devices; Mel Collins on flutes, saxophones; Gordon Haskell on bass guitar & vocals; Andy McCulloch on drums; Peter Sinfield on words, pictures; Robin Miller on oboe, Cor Anglais; Mark Charig on cornet; Nick Evans on trombone; Keith Tippett on piano, electric piano and Tony Levin on bass.
Commissioned by Peter Sinfield, a songwriter who worked with King Crimson in the early stages of their formation, the painting on the cover was painted by Gini Barris. It is very medieval in appearance, including the complicated design of font type and has been influenced by the titles and lyrics of the album. Have fun trying to figure that out!
Actually, I just checked out the Wikipedia info on the cover and here’s how they’ve analyzed the painting: “Whereas the images representing "Lizard" are medieval in content – depicting Prince Rupert, his environs (including a
peacock), and the Battle of Glass Tears – the images representing the other four tracks juxtapose medieval and contemporary scenes. The image around the letter 'i' in 'Crimson', for example, depicts the Beatles, corresponding with their pseudonymous appearance in the lyrics to "Happy Family". Around the "n" on the front cover, there is a depiction of Rupert the Bear piloting a yellow aeroplane. The inside cover of Lizard consists of a marbled pattern, credited to Koraz Wallpapers.”
Lizard by King Crimson
12”LP, 33rpm, Gatefold Sleeve
Atlantic, SD 8278
Sleeve Conception: Peter Sinfield
Cover Painting: Gini Barris
Inside Pattern: Koraz Wallpapers
Go to www.ricsrecordsrack.com for more information. The album is in still available.