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See King Crimson play mind-blowing "Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part I)" live in 1972

Robert Fripp and the rest of Crimson's "third incarnation" launch into the stratosphere during German TV performance

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In March 1973, trailblazing progressive rock act King Crimson released their fifth studio record Larks' Tongues in Aspic.

The six song album — which is bookended by the two-part far-outré instrumental title-track — was bursting at the seams with off-the-charts creativity and performances that drew from jazz improv, classical dynamics, heavy metal and beyond. While Larks' Tongues in Aspic would only reach moderate heights on the charts (appearing on U.K.’s Top 20 and reaching Number 61 on the Billboard 200) — the album was a massive critical success and remains a lasting fan favorite.

Larks' Tongues in Aspic also marked the debut of Crimson’s third incarnation, featuring the lineup of guitarist/mellotron virtuoso Robert Fripp, bassist John Wetton, violinist David Cross and percussionists Bill Bruford and Jamie Muir.

In the fall of 1972, King Crimson dropped by Germany’s Beat-Club television music show to film a live rendition of “Larks’ Tongues in Aspic (Part I).” Watch that stunning performance — which would eventually be released as the live album The Beat Club, Bremen in 1999 — above.