Originally Posted by BLACKENEDPLAGUE
Some people didn't care for Lizard but I thought it was great. Also, Greg Lake should have stayed as the vocalist for King Crimson even if it was Rob Fripp's baby
Here is a super long detailed article of the Discipline style era for the band. Probably not interesting for most unless your into the record first.
Well I have a couple King Crimson records but never heard Lizard. I just played it and was amazed at the jazz free form style. You can hear a flute and a melotron but no Gamelan at all. In fact after some research people are saying that it is just the interlocking drum style in Discipline and that they did use exotic instruments but no Gamelan. Which after all makes sense as the instruments are big and hard to transport to a city studio. I was wrong.
The Rock Gamelan
King Crimson IV's most distinctive contribution to the rock vocabulary was an outgrowth of Fripp's experiments in fast staccato picking patterns with the League of Gentlemen. He continued to develop this technique with the new King Crimson, and among the most impressive passages in their music are those where two, three, or all four musicians are playing rapid-fire ostinati that interlock and counterpoint each other in a glittering pointillistic texture reminiscent of the gamelan orchestras of Indonesia. Such intricate textures can be heard on "Elephant Talk," "Frame by Frame," "Discipline," "Neal and Jack and Me," "Waiting Man," and "Three of a Perfect Pair." Following the demise of King Crimson IV, the gamelan concept would live on in the precisely controlled communal polyphonic pointillism of the League of Crafty Guitarists. For Fripp, who in his own words felt he had already "done the great-soloist thing to death," the gamelan concept reflected a musical interest in time and rhythm, and, as he put it, "stepping back into the group structure and blending into the communal dynamic." For Fripp to play his rhythm-lead-point style was also a kind of sacrifice; he was laying out the carpet, as it were, for the other musicians to stand on - creating a space in which the music could happen.
The above is interesting as it shows how Fripp took the lead to set up the new sound as the leader and incorporated Adrian Belew from the Zappa camp. You can hear a sonic self sacrifice as Fripp as leader steps back and paves the road for all the other musicians to drive on. He is less in the limelight but created a new style of music single handedly.
Once more the genius of Fripp rears it's bright head from the shadows.Edited by Redcarmoose - 6/24/14 at 10:00pm