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Islands
     

Islands

by King Crimson
 

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The weakest Crimson studio album from their first era is only a real disappointment in relation to the extraordinarily high quality of the group's earlier efforts. The songs are somewhat uneven and draw from three years of inspiration. "The Letter" is an adaptation of "Drop In," a group composition that was featured in the early set of the original Crimson lineup from

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The weakest Crimson studio album from their first era is only a real disappointment in relation to the extraordinarily high quality of the group's earlier efforts. The songs are somewhat uneven and draw from three years of inspiration. "The Letter" is an adaptation of "Drop In," a group composition that was featured in the early set of the original Crimson lineup from 1969, while "Song of the Gulls" goes back to the pre-King Crimson trio of Giles, Giles & Fripp for its source ("Suite No. 1"). There are also a few surprises, such as the Beatles-like harmonies on the raunchy "Ladies of the Road" and the extraordinary interweaving of electric guitar and Mellotron by Robert Fripp on "A Sailor's Tale," which is one of the highlights of the early- to mid-period group's output. Some of the music overstays its welcome -- several of the six tracks are extended too far, out of the need to fill up an LP -- but the virtuosity of the band picks up most of the slack on the composition side: Collins' saxes and Wallace's drums keep things much more than interesting in tandem with Fripp's guitar and Mellotron, and guest vocalist Paulina Lucas' keening accompaniment carries parts of "Formentera Lady" that might otherwise have dragged.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/22/2010
Label:
Discipline Us
UPC:
0633367400420
catalogNumber:
674004
Rank:
5897

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Formentera Lady
  2. Sailor's Tale
  3. The Letters
  4. Ladies of the Road
  5. Prelude: Song of the Gulls
  6. Islands
  7. Islands
  8. Formentera Lady
  9. Sailor's Tale
  10. A Peacemaking Stint Unrolls
  11. The Letters
  12. Ladies of the Road

Disc 2

  1. Formentera Lady
  2. Sailor's Tale
  3. The Letters
  4. Ladies on the Road
  5. Prelude: Song of the GUlls
  6. Islands
  7. Formentera Lady
  8. Sailor's Tale
  9. The Letters
  10. Ladies of the Road
  11. Prelude: Song of the Gulls
  12. Islands
  13. Formentera Lady
  14. Sailor's Tale
  15. The Letters
  16. Ladies on the Road
  17. Prelude: Song of the Gulls
  18. Islands
  19. Formentera Lady
  20. Sailor's Tale
  21. The Letters
  22. Ladies of the Road
  23. A Peacemaking Stint Unrolls
  24. Islands
  25. Pictures of a City
  26. Sailor's Tale
  27. Islands
  28. Formentera
  29. Sailor's Tale
  30. Drop In
  31. The Letters
  32. Sailor's Tale
  33. Ladies of the Road
  34. Ladies of the Road
  35. Formentera Lady
  36. Formentera Lady
  37. Formentera Lady

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