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Islands (30th Ann)

King Crimson Audio CD
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2004 reissue of the band's 1971 album. Discipline label.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Passion Of The Crimson June 10 2004
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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Sailor on the USS KC 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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5.0 out of 5 stars space get earthy for a change Nov. 22 2003
By david
Format:Audio CD
funky and i MEAN funky for a change, FORMENTOS LADY STILL RINGS A BELL to this day,its like they took all the nearly crappy, HOOKS LEADEN WITH PROMISES AND GAVE THEM SOME HEART FELT, earth but exotic localle,SAILORS TUNE IS THE BEST hard rock INSTRUMENTAL BAR NONE,its intense, like heavy metal they almost accieve an obnoxious obvious AWFULLness, which is catharsis[cathartic, FOR FRIPPS warped ideads usually fall FLAT AESCEHETICS out to tick you off,AND THEN thers gulls prelude os somonolent,EXCEDRIN head, ISLANDS, groove motherload into pastoral BLUE.
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