Dear Mr. Burrell February 3, 2007
Written by boroski
Dear Mr. Burrell
I first saw Crimson in 1970 in Detroit. You were terrific. The old songs and new songs. What a voice. When you sang a bluesey version of Court....Wow! I caught all of the Detroit shows and havenít missed one since (no matter who sang and played bass.)
Years later Mr. Fripp was touring record stores. It was an autograph session. The guy in line in front of me asked RF about you, rolling his eyes and expecting something negative because of the Bad Company thing. Mr. Fripp said "Hey, Bad Company is one hell of a Rock N Roll Band."
Miss ya Boz.
ladies of the road January 14, 2007
Written by zetaspheres
the ladies dig sweaty sax.
Boz January 5, 2007
Written by Severance
A Crim hi-point... grubby sax and all.
Boz, Neal, Jack and me... October 26, 2006
Written by Buglunch
King and Beat September 29, 2006
Written by ionpeta
Dear Boz, youíre one who let me think to the Beatles and humour in KC music. Great and unmistakable voice.
BOZ September 28, 2006
Written by gboland
Earth, stream and tree encircled by sea
Waves sweep the sand from my island.
My sunsets fade.
Field and glade wait only for rain
Grain after grain love erodes my
High weathered walls which fend off the tide
Cradle the wind
to my island.
Hail and Farewell Boz September 26, 2006
Written by SSImuse
The Boz/Mel/Ian/Robert incarnation of Crim has been the most underrated of all. But the indelible influence of that lineup comes distinctly from the funkiness that Boz Burrell brought to the table that has been felt throughout to present day and beyond (indeed, who can sit still when you hear the bass line to bad Companyís Rock And Roll Fantasy ?). This along with his truly unique vocals will be sorely missed.
So long, Boz...thanks for everything.
A soulful singer September 26, 2006
Written by candrsn
This is, indeed, a great recording. I find myself humming this tune
quite often, and I find it to be one of the ícoolerí Crimson tracks.
Boz gave King Crimson some soul and a bit of a different dimension
that has never reappeared. I prefer the music of this incarnation of
King Crimson to that of the early eighties band, at the very least. I
simply listen to the live bootlegs from 1971 and 1972 more often,
Boz had a good feel for the bass and, to agree with
Ian Wallaceís comments,he held a good "base" for the band. He did a
remarkable job, considering the circumstances. Maybe he would have
become a virtuoso by staying in Crimson, who knows? He definitely had
that capability, but maybe he had the restraint to ignore that
He was a talented musician and he will be missed.
Farewell Boz September 26, 2006
Written by Andrewn
One of the problems of 70ís bands is that the members are growing older. Crimso appeared to have a charmed life when it came to longevity of members however I have read the sad news of the passing of Boz. He always appeared to be the poor relation of Crimso, joining as a vocalist and ending up learning and playing bass as well without the massive musical credentials of his peers but I personally loved his smoky vocals and he seemed to bring a sense of mischief to the ice precise nature of King Crimson.A sad day indeed."Beneath the wind turned wave, infinite peace, Islands join hands íneath heavenís sea.
Goodbye Boz September 26, 2006
Written by gbruner
Islands didnt really do much for me as a recording, so it was with some reservation that I purchased the Ladies of the Road live CD set. I was just floored by Bozís live performances.. On Islands, he barely raised his voice above a whisper the entire album... On the live CD set he breathes new life into some of the earlier KC material that rocks much harder than Islands.. I believe his vocals of Get Thy Bearings, Pictures of A City, and Cirkus are better than the originals. He might be the best vocalist KC has ever had.. And youíd never know it from Islands..
Goodbye Boz September 26, 2006
Written by acampo
Thanks for being an integral part of my favorite version of the band. You were unduly maligned by the ícriticsí for your playing and singing. What the hell do they know?
My deepest sympathies to family and friends.
Boz, I hope youíre enjoying yourself in Heavenís own rock ní roll orchestra!
Thanks to DGM for the great alternate take of LOR.
Anymore of the March í72 tour hiding in the vaults??
Thatīs rockīn roll September 25, 2006
Written by Stahlhofen
This song brought me to King Crimson. Roberts guitar and the powerful voice of Boz. I hope you will join a big rock group in heaven together with Jimi Hendrix and Keith Moon. Rest in peace.
Farewell Boz September 25, 2006
Written by RSSSYD1
A great recording.It was good to here bozís vocals again after all these years, but Iím sad...all my heroes are fading away like a lover lost in fog. i reach with outstretched hands and grasp at nothing.
R.I.P. Boz! September 25, 2006
Written by IlkkaHaapa
Islands was the very first Crimson album I bought and listened back in the 70ís. Ladies of the Road still is one of my favourite songs.
Farewell to Boz. September 25, 2006
Written by LouieB
What a sad loss to the Crimson world and how unexpected too. Boz Burrell definitely left his mark on King Crimson with their innovative "Islands" album as well as a multitude of live performances with the band (Check out "Earthbound" or the gigs at the Zoom Club to see just how powerful this band line-up was). He definitely had a distinct voice ranging from poignant and quiet to edgy and ballsy. Letís not forget that he was one of the founding members of the legendary supergroup Bad Company.
Well, Boz, thanks for the music and memories. You will definitely be missed. I hope to see you in Heaven someday. Yes, I pray I will see you there.
Rest in Peace, Boz.
By the way, the "Ladies Of The Road" remix featured here as a tribute is AWESOME!!! Thanks DGMLive for this amazing track.
Thank you. September 24, 2006
Written by o0ArdRi0o
I always liked what Boz did with King Crimson. I never understood the criticisms lain against his contributions and maybe even mentioning such is making too much of it but i just honestly feel any is too much. I thought he was just fine for what they were and can enjoy their work to this day which is why i was listening to the KCCC release from Detroit 1971 maybe just as Boz was leaving us all behind but at any rate on that same day before hearing.If youíre clapping clap in time,donít mess us about.
Dear Boz September 24, 2006
Written by RadioAnydaynow
Dear Boz Iím so sad...
Ladies Of The Road September 24, 2006
Written by geraldo
I heard this song on KLOS, a Los Angeles Radio station, when it was first released. I immediately went out and bought as many KC records as I could find. The songís effect was intoxicating and I have been drunk on the music of King Crimson ever since. Ladies Of The Road is simply a brilliant song.
Letter For Boz September 24, 2006
Written by sukric
I remember the first time I heard Islands how taken I was with its overall mood. We have now lost the man who I feel was the soul of this particluar album in Crim history. That period of time (71-72) brought back to us a revitalized KC of which the achievements of the bass player and vocalist canít be understated. His renderings of such tunes as "Pictures Of A City" and "Schizoid Man" brought new life to these great classics!! I just wish to say now how much you will be missed as a dear friend who came through my headphones to comfort me when the need arose.
Rest In Peace Boz and to your family they have my deepest sympathies. The world has truly lost a great musician and friend.
Boz the voice of the Islands September 23, 2006
Written by tomasealonso
Yesterday night the new of Bozís passing away shocked me.
In Spanish language, Boz sounds almost identical to "voice".
Iíll always recall his voice when on an island or close to the sea, seagulls will understand my mood then.
See you Boz, wherever youíll be, and even better, hear you Boz in my island, on me!
Farewell to a great human being and artist.
danger a shade below the waistline September 23, 2006
Written by rfwhitman
The mighty Crim has always had a touch of danger... Ladies of the Road take the danger a shade below the waistline. Boz, Fripp and Collins respectively contribute rampant, unhinged performances to this picture of life on the road. Reading about Boz today, what really was moving to me was what happened after Bozí first gig with Crimson. Already having doubts, he went for a long walk around Frankfurt, encountering as it happens a cricket match. Somehow on that walk Boz found the courage to keep going. The reviewer noted that from then on, Boz grew stronger on each of the successive nights of the tour. Thatís how Iíd like to remember him. Godspeed...
Apples we stole in our youth September 23, 2006
Written by Hagiasophia
Boz, you put an ecstatically lively, very visceral, gritty, grounded unique sound in King Crimson that it did not have before;
like a passionate child alone who suddenly goes out to play in the mud and dirt for the first time...and he loves it.
My condolences to his family and friends.
Rest in peace, Boz.
rip boz 1 September 23, 2006
Written by apleasantsymmetry
too young and such a great talent
its sad that one of the crimson family tree is now gone
R I P BOZ
Boz September 23, 2006
Written by lars2005
What a terrible loss! Boz contribution to the world of rock music as a great singer and gifted bass player will be allways be remembered.
Iíll not forget September 23, 2006
Written by genesis6611
As a young 14 year old innocent I paid £1.50 for earthboumd on the Help label.I ím still listening. In my opinion its the definitive version of "schizoid man". Iíll not forget
emerald fire... September 23, 2006
Written by BOUKALIS
Impaled on nails of ice and raked with emerald fire...
The lyrics of P.Sinfield, sung by Boz Burrelís powerfull, heartfelt voice, on ISLANDS, my favorite album, along with LIZARD, of the 1969-1973 era, have never stopped haunting me, after all these years... May he rest in peace.
And by the way, this is an amazing LADIES OF THE ROAD remix- thank you.
Boz September 23, 2006
Written by emperornobody
I donít know what to say except thank you, Boz, for living on this world in this time and contributing to some of my favorite music by one of my favorite bands. Learning to play an instrument from the ground up under such pressure and anticipation is one of the yeoman feats in music history, and you did it with aplomb to spare, to the point that no one listening could have imagined that you had just begun playing. Earthboundís 21CSM stands as the most terrifying and committed version ever. I think you were the best singer KC ever had, and probably ever will have.
Bye bye to the bass bashing Bozell, and thank you.
Unique September 22, 2006
Written by DanielK
In a unique band as King Crimson Boz was just as unique and his vocals took the band in directions they rarely went again. This vocal and Bozís 21st Century Schizoid Man vocal from Earthbound are highlights indeed, with that 21CSM vocal being perhaps the most memorable and powerful of all Crimson vocalists.
R.I.P. Boz Burrell!
Thanks Bob! September 22, 2006
Written by French
He really did a great job when he was part of that crazy Crimson. Probably his voice is one of the reasons because Islands is my favorite Crimson album.
Good Luck Boz, wherever you are!!!
Goodbye Boz September 22, 2006
Written by GhostTrain
Certainly a fitting tribute to Boz. I really like the joyous, free-spirited feel of this - just this side of anarchy, and I think Bozzell would have approved.
Unfortunately his work in the band was underappreciated and vilified for years, but in the last few years, I think most, if not all KC fans have come to enjoy his contribution to the Crimson oeuvre. As much as he may have disliked the songs and lyrics, he really did have a warm, wonderful voice, and he was no slouch as a bassist either.
Thanks for the music, Boz. Weíll miss you.
Bozs' Finest KC Moment September 22, 2006
Written by emmapeelfanclub
This is an excellent and fitting tribute to dear Boz Burrell. Robert is spot on in describing this track as the Boz erasí defining moment. Long a favourite of mine, Bozsí performance on this track is brilliant. A great delivery of one of Peter Sinfields very best lyrics and his bass work here is outstanding. So are Mel Collins, Ian Wallace and Robert... and given the recent debate over Frippsí best solo, I wouldnít say this is his best, but its most definitely one of my true favourites.
Listening to this remix just now was rather poignant... those wonderful melodic choruses really do have a sad poignancy about them on this sad occasion, Roberts playing on those sections sound rather mournful. Along with the brutal but blistering rendition of "21st Century Schizoid Man", this is Bozsí finest moment in King Crimson. His era was a very worthy one and it is a pity it ultimately wasnít to be, but the legacy of this line up is a fine one, and has been greatly enhanced thanks to the various live releases that DGM has released over the last decade.
Thank you DGM and Sid for this treat and tribute, but of course the biggest thanks goes to Boz Burrell himself for his contribution to rock music and King Crimson.
Boz RIP September 22, 2006
Written by Wilbert
I am very sad to read that Boz Burrell has died. The Island/Earthbound version of the band was my introduction to the band in 1972, when Earthboundís Schidzoid Man was played on the radio, the complete 11 minutes, 45 sec. Boz screamed his heart out on Schidzoid Man, very impressive. As Iíve read I understand that Boz had some difficulty sometimes with the lyrics, the three boys had some difficulty with Fripp and Fripp had some difficulty with the jamming-nature of this line up. But for me this was the King Crimson number one. Thank you Boz for your voice, spirit and power.
For Boz September 22, 2006
Written by pyython
Earthbound was the album that completely pulled me in to the KC world (Red started the movement for me). Itís home-recorded quality hid the fact that this group jams and brings a lot to the table. Bozís voicings drove several pieces and "It makes no difference what you think about me. It makes a whole lot of difference what I think about you!" and his subsequent gutteral grunting still stands in my mind as one of the great lines in Rock and Roll. Ab-so-friggin-lutely awesome!
That and his voicing on the Pharoah Sanders piece from Denver í72 will always have a very special place in my heart and mind.
My deepest sympathies to Bozís family and friends in this time of sorrow. I sure he will be missed, and I know he will not be forgotten.
September 22, 2006
Written by frederick
This is sad news indeed. The Islands version of KC was always my favorite and I could not believe that Boz had never played bass before joining King Crimson. What a astoundingly talented musician! I am not sure, but in photographs it looked like he used a pick however his tone was always deep and full and he had a great feel. I did not know Mr. Burrell but I was truely inspired by his playing and all of the musicians in the Islands band. I still have the gatefold sleeve album and I have purchased every one of the archival records/downloads of the Islands band that DGM makes available. There is ALWAYS something new to my ears on those releases and Boz Burrell was a big part of that. Very very sad news. I think I will bring my jazz bass down to a blues gig I have here in portland tonight and tip one to Mr. Burrell. Fred Chalenor
Boz Burrell September 22, 2006
Written by CalvinHobbes
Very sad news.
"Beneath the wind turned wave
Islands join hands
íNeathe heavenís sea."
Some thoughts... September 22, 2006
Written by prjt2501
Iím not sure what I can add or say that others will not do in a far more concise or eloquent manner. What I can say is that Islands (and the 1971-1972 band live) is one of my most enjoyed incarnations of that beast called King Crimson, simply because it was so at odds with everything that came before and followed on from it. The musicians may have moved on, but the music lives on, and is as pertinent and moving today as it was when it first took flight.
It is sad when any favoured musician passes away. I may never have met him, but Bozís work with Crimson, and Bad Company, and so on, was an integral part of my youth and informal musical education. His contributions live on, but he will be missed. My condolances to his friends, family, and past/present bandmates in this time of loss.
Farewell September 22, 2006
It is strange how much the death of someone you have never met can touch you. Everyone in the DGM office has been shocked by the news in their own way, even though Boz the person has recently been nothing more than a stranger to whom we send a cheque on a twice yearly basis. Amazingly for a band that has encompassed so many people, he is, of course, the first KC member to die - althought Boz the musician will remain, in a way, part of the ongoing present, for as long as we enjoy his music. As a teenage fan of Bad Company, and in the last decades as part of a KC archive team, I have spent many hours in his company - and it was wonderful to hear his personality shining through on this aborted remix of Ladies of the Road. May he rest in peace. My thoughts go out to his family and friends.