Posted by Mariana Scaravilli on Aug 17, 2023

Larks' Tongues In Aspic 50th anniversary will be celebrated with two comprehensive sets, a 2 CD / 2 Blu-ray set and a 2 LP on 200 gram vinyl one, set for release on October 20th, 2023.

Customers from all over the world can purchase them here:

2 LP set pressed on 200-gram audiophile vinyl

2 Blu-Ray / 2 CD set


. . .“This band is more King Crimson than it's ever been. All the original ideals and aspirations are there - love respect and compatible ideas. It’s a magic band!” – Robert Fripp, July, 1972


Each set in detail: 

Larks' Tongues In Aspic (The Complete Recording Sessions · Dolby Atmos ·2023 Mixes)
2 Blu-Ray / 2 CD set

50th anniversary edition of King Crimson’s classic 1973 album 

Blu-Ray I features all-new 2023 mixes in Dolby Atmos, DTS-HD MA 5.1 Surround Sound and Hi-Res Stereo by Steven Wilson and the new Elemental Mixes by David Singleton.

Blu-Ray II contains the complete recordings of every session recorded for the album. All of this material has been newly mixed from the original performances and is presented on disc for the first time in Hi-Res 24/96 stereo.

Additionally, Blu-Ray II includes Hi-Res stereo mixes of the original stereo masters & David Singleton’s audio documentary of the album recording “Keep That One, Nick” previously included on the 2012 boxed set. These are the sole inclusions to have been issued previously.

CD1 includes the 2023 stereo mix and instrumentals of the album.

CD2 includes the elemental mixes and selected master reels.

Presented as a 2 x gatefold sleeve edition containing the individual discs plus booklet with new sleeve-notes by King Crimson biographer Sid Smith packaged in a rigid slipcase


Larks' Tongues In Aspic (2023 Steven Wilson Mixes & 2023 David Singleton Elemental Mixes)
2 LP set pressed on 200-gram audiophile vinyl

50th anniversary edition of King Crimson’s classic 1973 album

LP1 features all new 2023 stereo mixes by Steven Wilson 

LP2 features all new 2023 elemental mixes by David Singleton

Cut by Jason Mitchell at Loud Mastering.

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When, in July 1972, Melody Maker revealed that Bill Bruford & John Wetton were joining King Crimson – from Yes & Family respectively, it was front page news. Also joining were Jamie Muir – a key figure in London’s jazz scene & David Cross – from the band Waves. Fripp’s claims about the band’s ‘magic’ were to be put to the test that autumn when, following a three night stint at the Zoom Club, Frankfurt &  TV appearance on Bremen’s Beat Club, the band undertook an extensive UK tour, which ran from the end of October through to mid-December. With the exception of the encore “21st Century Schizoid Man”, the material was all new, with a heavier emphasis on improvisation than had ever been utilised by any major UK rock group on a headlining tour. The developing material for Larks’ Tongues in Aspic was premiered to a succession of audiences who, for the most part, had bought tickets expecting to hear something else entirely (encore notwithstanding) but who responded to the challenging set with enthusiasm. 

Recorded from mid-January to the beginning of February & released in late March of 1973, Larks’ Tongues in Aspic became one of the most acclaimed of King Crimson’s albums as well as establishing its reputation as a key album from one of rock music’s most significant years. After a handful of further UK concerts, Jamie Muir left the band with the remaining quartet working with ever greater success until Summer 1974 when Fripp placed the band on indefinite hiatus.

Almost half a century after its release, Steven Wilson undertook the job of mixing the album for Dolby Atmos and, in the process, prepared new stereo & 5.1 mixes. The new stereo & 5.1 mixes – no doubt informed by the more adventurous mix techniques allowed by the Atmos process – are quite different in approach, more expansive than the earlier mixes as released in 2012, while still retaining and enhancing the core power of the original material. 

While Steven was working on this aspect of the material Alex R. Mundy and David Singleton at DGM were mixing every single take of the original studio sessions. These unreleased early takes are presented not as traditionally blended pieces, but with maximum separation, mimicking the experience of sitting in the studio with the individual elements being performed around you. The “Elemental mixes” apply this same approach to the main album takes. An excitingly fresh view on the familiar, with the focus often falling in unusual places, some originally hidden, some unused. Four of the album’s core tracks feature: extended mixes of Larks’ 1 and Talking Drum along with Easy Money & Larks’ 2. 


Andrew Mather
29 September, 2023
Don Henson
17 August, 2023
Fuck yeah!!!

Andrew Mather replied:

…well I may not have said that out loud or written it that way…I would have made the C&K capitals…but yes I feel the same way DH.