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King Crimson Islands LP 200 Gram Vinyl Robert Fripp Discipline Global Mobile DGM KCLP4 2014 EU

Artist: King Crimson
Title: Islands
Catalog Number: KCLP4
Label: Island Records
Reissued by: Discipline Global Mobile
Barcode: 633367910417
Original release year: 1971
Reissue year: 2014
Number of discs: 1
Revolutions per minute: 33⅓ rpm
Disc size: 12"
Vinyl Weight Grade: 200gr
Limited Edition: Yes
Total Item Weight: 344gr
Pressing country: EU
For Market Release in: EU
Added to catalog on: December 18, 2016
Collection: King Crimson Robert Fripp Remasters
Note: Never eligible for any further discounts
Vinyl Gourmet Club: No


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Unit Price: 21,37 €

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A beautiful and sometimes unfairly overlooked part of King Crimson's always intriguing back catalog, on Islands Crimson left behind the formula they followed for their first three albums, setting off for more adventurous avenues of expression. If his leadership were ever in question before, Fripp had emerged as the mastermind of the group by this point.

 

 

  • Limited Edition
  • 200 Gram Super-Heavyweight Vinyl
  • Newly Cut from Masters approved by Robert Fripp
  • Cut by John Dent at Loud Mastering
  • Featuring the Original 1971 Stereo Mix
  • Reproduction of Original Cover Artwork

 

 

Islands is the sixth in a series of audiophile King Crimson vinyl reissues. The album's return to the 12" vinyl format is newly cut from masters approved by Robert Fripp. Manufactured on 200 gram super-heavyweight vinyl and housed in a reprint of the original sleeve.

 

A frequently beautiful and sometimes unfairly overlooked part of King Crimson's always intriguing back catalog, on Islands Crimson left behind the formula they followed for their first three albums, setting off for more adventurous avenues of expression. If his leadership were ever in question before, Fripp had emerged as the mastermind of the group by this point.

 

There's a much looser feel here, and even when essaying a delicate ballad like "Formentera Lady" or the gorgeous title track, jazzy bass and piano lines and free-wheeling percussion keep things from getting too settled. The jazz influence always present in Crimson grew far more pronounced on Islands via saxman Mel Collins and pianist Keith Tippett.

 

Where the KC of old turned to Wagnerian grandeur to fill its classical quota, here they favor a more modern classical flavor, often approaching a third stream feel. Fripp's two instrumentals "Sailor's Tale" and "Prelude: Song of the Gulls" showcase his compositional and instrumental brilliance at its most undiluted. While there's more of a sprawling, spacious feel and little fury on Islands, the dynamic shifts are as drastic as ever, as evidenced by new bassist/vocalist Boz Burrell's barely audible singing on "The Letters."

 

 

Musicians:


Robert Fripp - guitar, mellotron, harmonium, sundry implements
Peter Sinfield - words, sounds, visions
Mel Collins - saxophones, flute, bass flute, backing vocals
Ian Wallace - drums, percussion, backing vocals
Boz Burrell - bass guitar, lead vocals, choreography


Track Listing:


Side A
1. Formentera Lady
2. Sailor's Tale
3. The Letters


Side B
1. Ladies of the Road
2. Prelude: Song of the Gulls
3. Islands

 

Click here to listen to samples on YouTube.com

 

 


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