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Every once in awhile, a band comes along that defies convention. A band that looks at what is popular, what is accessible, stares it in the face, and says, "We're not going to do that!" King Crimson are such a band, and this 1973 release is probably the best example of their musical defiance. Led by the fierce intellect of guitar virtuoso Robert Fripp, this second incarnation of the band includes Yes drummer Bill Bruford, bassist/vocalist John Wetton, violinist David Cross and the Rasputin-like mad monk percussionist Jamie Muir. Perhaps the best example of the band's scope is the album's first track, the instrumental "Lark's Tongues in Aspic: Part One," an artful amalgamation of African thumb piano, guitar fury, odd-time pyrotechnics, white noise, and violin cadenzas. "Book of Saturday" is a slice of melancholia featuring just guitar, violin, and voice, and "Easy Money" is an aggressive, epic tale of greed. It's this aggression that separates Crimson from other bands of their ilk. It's as if the band decided to fuse the inventiveness of classical music, the improvisation of jazz, and the power of rock -- and they succeeded.