Islands 40th anniversary edition

Recorded between the band’s numerous live dates, Islands continues King Crimson’s penchant for mixing contrasting styles and dynamics; from the gothic melodrama of The Letters, the warm laid-back musings of Formentera Lady, the stately chamber orchestra setting of Song Of The Gulls, through to the raucously skewed blues of Ladies Of The Road and the yearning, poignant title track. The stand-out however, is Sailor’s Tale which breaks with the symphonic and jazz-inspired leanings of their previous albums. Propelled by Ian Wallace’s insistent cymbal and Mel Collins’ acerbic sax break, it also introduces a spikier, fractious metal-edged guitar sound that ultimately points the way towards Larks’ Tongues In Aspic. Originally released at the end of 1971, Islands also marks the end of lyricist Peter Sinfield’s tenure in the group.

This 40th Anniversary edition on CD/DVD-A features new stereo & 5.1 mixes by Robert Fripp and Steven Wilson plus high resolution stereo mixes of the original, extensive additional audio material.
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Written by Bernd Wollenweber
Album Extravaganza
I bought this album in 1994 and I didn´t like it. For me it was the weakest KC album. The 40th anniversary edition reached my collection this year. And what, I really enjoy this version very much. The sound is superb and the music very extravaganza. Mr. Wilson had done a fine job. Especially "Islands" is so beautiful. Love this album now.
Written by Paul Smith
underrated album
Islands is a much more sedate album than the previous offerings, i myself did not give it enough attention in my younger days, to my amazement upon listening to it again a few years back, i heard a very different album to what i remembered. Islands is now my favourite of all crimson LPs, such subtlety and delicate colours that are truly unique and beautiful. I struggle for the words to describe this LP. Amazing and underrated is the best i can do. If like me you dismissed this LP back in the day. Give it another listen, you may have your mind blown. I know i did.
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