Saturday, March 23, 2013
It Was 40 Years Ago Today - Larks' Tongues In Aspic
On this date 40 years ago I sat in the living room of my parent’s flat in Wallsend and dropped the needle onto this record for the very first time.
There are probably better albums than King Crimson’s Larks’ Tongues In Aspic. Better in terms of its production, better playing, better covers, etc., etc.
Yet this is the album, which, were I ever marooned on that mythical desert island, would be the one that would provide me with pretty much everything I need from an album of rock music; drama, mystery, elation, excitement, wonder and bliss.
It’s always hard to pin down why a particular album occupies a position of importance that is greater than all the others you’ve heard or own. Time and place though are probably the key to the whole thing.
The music has been with me ever since, transposed over, and intimately hard-wired into, many events and happenings in my life.
Hearing the album felt like arriving somewhere you’d always wanted to be. 40 years on, I arrive in that place every time it plays. That’s what makes it so special.