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Islands (30th Ann)


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  • Audio CD (Oct. 14 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Panegyric
  • ASIN: B00064WSNC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,427 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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By Daniel Fournier TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Nov. 26 2012
Format: Audio CD
I am trying to have all the series and I think I am doing good, I don't have much to say though, if you did like the cd itself, it simply better than ever, the sound quality is superb, and you notice some part that had been cut out from the previous version. I m just blown away every time I ear one of the serie, this, I know was not of the best of kc, but take another look, it is worth it, I kind of call it the forgotten album, it is a big deal for me anyway.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By michel thibault on Feb. 10 2009
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album in early 70s (still have it) and I bought the CD last year as a Christmas gift for myself. This is my favorite album of King Crimson and I have many. Really good stuff. The cover of the old LP I have is all white. This is their white album.
Michel, Montreal, Canada
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martin A Hogan TOP 100 REVIEWER on Dec 4 2010
Format: DVD Audio
Released after "Lizard", founder Robert Fripp was said to have been exhausted and unsure whether he could carry on with another album. Indeed, "Islands" is one of the more fragmented, yet diverse albums to that date. The original six songs seem to be contradictory in their inclusion. From the start of "Formentera Lady", a laid back bluesy number to the final, beyond mellow extended title track. "Formentera Lady" seamlessly melds into "Sailor's Tale" through a simple edit of cymbals. On the album, you can hear the cymbal edit from one channel to both, but editor master Steven Wilson has crafted yet another masterpiece with this album. "Sailor's Tale" begins with an amazing guitar piece by Fripp which sounds as if the guitar is completely out of tune, sequencing into one of the fastest and manic instrumentals yet. The beat with the mellotron is urgently blasted forth with a wind down of Fripp's unique frazzled guitar sound.

"The Letters" is an odd song for King Crimson (is that possible?), with evil lyrics by Pete Sinfield and Fripp, which has a wild bridge blast of guitar and jazzy brass ending with a bold vocal. But it is "Ladies Of The Road" that sparks intense lyrics of misogyny. Often hilarious in its blatant rhyme, the song still bounces along with tongue in cheek sarcasm. "All of you that the girls of the road, are like apples we stole in our youth" and "Stone-headed Frisco spacer, ate all the meat I gave her, said would I like to taste hers, and even craved the flavour". The lyrics are just a side track for the bands free-style. The band has fun alternating between the vocals and the sultry, salacious jazz sections. It's actually a series of bridges with various moods and inventive solos.
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Format: Audio CD
With the "Lizard" line-up of King Crimson history, Crimson leader & guitarist Robert Fripp formed a new line-up to record 1971's "Islands"---bassist/vocalist Boz Burrell, "Lizard" man Mel Collins on flute & saxophone, and drummer Ian Wallace. "Islands" may surprise some Crimheads, as this is far & away the "prettiest" sounding album in the band's entire catalog, though that's not at all a bad thing. "Islands" still has it's moments of classic Crimson rock---more about that in a little bit---but for the most part, this a very celestial, quiet, beautiful, *passionate* King Crimson album. I'll even go so far as to say that "Islands" is the only Crimson album that qualifies as perfect lovemaking music. Not that I speak from experience, but I DO have a friend of mine who says that playing "Islands" one night did wonders for him and his girlfriend, and, although it sounds pretty funny, I can certainly believe it.There's only six pieces on "Islands," but they're all winners, and they gel together marvelously well. "Formentera Lady" is a beautiful, tranquil opener, featuring lovely flute decorations from Collins, before it gives way to the extended 12 1/2 minute jam, "Sailor's Tale," which builds and builds until it becomes a steady, assured Crimson rocker, with some tasty guitar & mellotron work from Fripp, fat basslines from Burrell, and powerful drumming from Wallace. "The Letters" is a haunting number, with simple but memorable lyrics and a strong, instrumental rock bridge, featuring some killer saxophone from Collins. "Ladies Of The Road," which seems to be a song about groupies, is a very slinky, sultry number.Read more ›
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