Boxed and Ready: CD Box Sets

By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 5, 2012



KING CRIMSON :: Larks' Tongues in Aspic [40th Anniversary Series Limited Edition]:: Discipline US:: $120:: There have been countless expensive multi-disc re-assessments of classic albums (this year alone, T. Rex's The Slider and The Velvet Underground and Nico, for instance)— but this 13-CDs-and-a-Blu-ray examination of Fripp & Co.'s 1972 proto-metal prog-and-skronk-fest is a refreshing over-analysis of an infrequently investigated classic. A battery of mixes, demos, and studio film footage allow the discerning listener to explore the layered insanity of, say, percussionist Jamie Muir's array of recorded mouse screams in the coda of album closer "Larks' Tongues in Aspic pt II."

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