King Crimson ‎– Lizard

Island Records ‎– ILPS 9141
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo


A1 Cirkus (Including: Entry Of The Chameleons) 6:28
A2 Indoor Games 5:38
A3 Happy Family 4:15
A4 Lady Of The Dancing Water 2:43
Lizard (22:24)
Ba Prince Rupert Awakes 4:34
Bb Bolero - The Peacock's Tale 6:30
Bc The Battle Of Glass Tears (Including: Dawn Song / Last Skirmish / Prince Rupert's Lament) 10:55
Bd Big Top 1:05

Companies, etc.



All songs published by E.G. Music

Released in a outside front and back laminated (inside is not) gatefold cover.
"Pink Rim" labels.

This version has "℗ 1970" on center right of both labels.

There are also 2 nearly identical label variations:
- "℗ 1970 Island Records Ltd." on label side A only and "℗ 1970" on label side B.
- "℗ 1970 Island Records Ltd." credited on both sides of label.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Stamp): ILPS 9141 A 2-U
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout Stamp): ILPS 9141 B 2-U
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Stamp version 2): ILPS 9141 A-2U
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout Stamp version 2): ILPS 9141 B-2U
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Stamp version 3): ILPS 9141 A-2U 2 MM
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout Stamp version 3): ILPS 9141 B-2U 1 RT
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Stamp version 4): ILPS 9141 A-2U RG 2
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side Runout Stamp version 4): ILPS 9141 B-2U GM 1

Other Versions (5 of 149) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
P-8049A King Crimson Lizard(LP, Album, Promo) Atlantic P-8049A Japan 1971 Sell This Version
CDVKC3, 7243 8 44068 2 0 King Crimson Lizard(CD, Album, RE, RM, Unofficial) Virgin (2), Virgin (2) CDVKC3, 7243 8 44068 2 0 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
P-10347A King Crimson Lizard(LP, Album) Atlantic P-10347A Japan 1977 Sell This Version
113.102 King Crimson Lizard(LP, Album, Gat) Atlantic 113.102 Uruguay 1977 Sell This Version
SD 8278 King Crimson Lizard(LP, Album, Pre) Atlantic SD 8278 US 1970 Sell This Version


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May 13, 2020
I listened to this while looking cat #s up on discogs. No expectations going in - it's certainly not a toe tapper - but an interesting mix of medieval and jazz. Cool album.


March 10, 2020
Most would be pleased with the 87' Half Speed Master. It's not heavy weight vinyl, but it sounds great!


September 8, 2018
edited about 1 year ago

Coming from the 2012 reissue as my basis I notice clear pros and cons with the UK original Pink Rim.
One of the more striking differences between them that favors the originals are the very exquisite strings. I usually avoid pretentious terms but here it really is fitting to say that they sound more organic and meaty compared to the flat and bare bone ones on the reissue. Strings are often hard to point to as a differentiation because they are so simple and short lived but here it is the case with some extra reverb and subtle touch of detail they bring.
Dynamics are also somewhat extended in a few places but most aspects are a case to case basis. I believe the reissue also uses remixing variants which grant somewhat of a different sound. Most notably I think the vocals here are a con. They are probably similar in detail, but what makes it hard to tell is how recessed they often are on the Pink Rim. This is something I heavily favor the reissue for on tracks like Prince Rupert Awakes, one of my favorites none the less. Its just more engaging with the presence of the vocals. Although one trade off was probably the grunt and bass of the synths there. The UK really tightens up and shakes your seat while the reissue is more tame and balanced.
Its been enjoyable to point out some key differences and in the end I feel like both weigh in at about equal. They simply bring different preferences forth even while the original has a few clear winning aspects like the strings and punchier dynamic spots. I just hope that the recessed vocals are not a trend as its what I look to fix on my reissue of Islands.

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August 6, 2018

The cover of the vinyl I own is laminated inside and outside


December 2, 2015
edited over 5 years ago
The Grand daddy of them all. A Master Piece.....but already knew that.......................


January 19, 2014
i have a red label canadian pressing that doesn't seem to be in this list.
runout sd 8278 A (with a "w").
hard card cover, no inner.
i assume it should go as 1970 press and should it be a 1st as other atlantic red labels.