KING CRIMSON - ISLANDS
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2004 reissue of the band's 1971 album. Discipline label.
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"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.Read more ›
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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An incredible disk (vinyl better though) and the quality of the discs much better than the original CD release. Read morePublished 16 months ago by ricc0
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... Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2012 by Daniel Fournier
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. Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2009 by michel thibault
The first time I heard this album I was blown away!! I was in Frank's house with him and dad, and they just put it on nice and loud!!! It tripped me out and hit me hard!! Read morePublished on May 2 2004 by Andre