Epic of the week 12: Larks tongue in aspic by King Crimson



Title: Larks tongue in aspic
Band: King Crimson
Genre: Progressive Rock
Comments:

  • While the included video is a minute and a half short of my standard for “epic” the full album version is thirteen and a half minutes in length and that in turn is the first in a series of four songs spread across three albums.
  • This piece is loosely inspired by Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The lark ascending.
  • While largely unheard of within mainstream rock King Crimson have influenced a wide range of bands including Yes, Nirvana and Mastodon.
  • One of the best things about this piece is it displays the shear range of sounds that a band can produce without resorting to digital instruments.
  • It is also a superb showcase for what a melting pot of genre’s progressive rock is with influences from English “pastoral” classical music, free jazz, heavy metal and noise music.
  • Please leave what you think of the shear “seventies-ness” of the music video. I personally find these some of the most honest ever produced.

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