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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  |  DVD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,221 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2004 reissue of the band's 1971 album. Discipline label.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Martin A Hogan TOP 500 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Dietz on Sept. 24 2003
Format: Audio CD
I have been a fan since the beginning. King Crimson (KC) has always been my "AVIS" of bands (Pink Floyd being #1). I consider myself very informed with their history, have every cd, & bought several "Club" issued cd's. I think the second KC era (Lizard & Islands) to be the most underrated of all the KC lineups. Islands is my favorite KC LP of all time (and I love them all). Side two's second 2/3's is the most beautiful music ever to come out of all the "Prog" bands ever! Just listen to it, how can you not love it. I bought all the "Club" cd's with this lineup and boy, were they great doing these songs live.
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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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In 1971, after three albums, Robert Fripp put out what has been the 'jazziest' effort to date, something that strikes most people as odd, since they are not a jazz band, but a prog rock band. They've been blamed for having recorded in this album a work that is not any of the above, but I differ from those opinions. Having got myself deeper into jazz lately, I can appreciate what Fripp's ensemble set out to do and accomplished here. Though I can agree this is not their best musical endeavor, I love it for what it is and the sound they accomplished, once again reinventing themselves and the genre.
As would become the norm in KC's history, Fripp brought in some new musicians (a couple from previous records, like his long-time 'words, sounds and visions' companion, Pete Sinfield) to materialize his new musical vision. Boz Burrell took care of the bass and vocals, for the most part: not your Greg Lake from the first two, or up to par with Mel Collins, who also repeats on this one on vocals and sax, but far from poor, as some other reviewer argues. Ian Wallace works on percussion and drums, not an easy endeavor on this one, given the varied time signatures Fripp explores. A few other featured players complement the base quintet to create an album that is rather to the left of most Crimson works, but one that will keep you interested if you give it a try.
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