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Larks’ Tongues in Aspic, the medieval dish

Larks’ Tongues in Aspic is a delightful album, whose name stems from a not-so-delightful dish. It is said to be a real food eaten long ago by European and Asian nobility. After vanishing for centuries, it made a return in the 70s, and wasn’t well received. This was right when King Crimson released the album. The history goes: one day in studio, someone asked “What shall we call the album?,” and Jamie Muir promptly replied “Why, Larks’ Tongues In Aspic, of course!” The catch is, larks’ tongues being a medieval treat may be just a myth. Its name will forever live in the music history if not in medieval cookbooks.

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