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KING CRIMSON “ISLANDS” (U.S.ATLANTIC) 1972 VG+JACKET SHOWS SHELF/RING WEAR WITH NO DISCOLORATION, NO SPLIT SEAMS, ROUGH EDGES, CREASING. DISC HAS HAS MULTIPLE LIGHT SURFACE SCUFFS BUT PLAYS NICELY
After reinventing their sound with Lizard, King Crimson lost their rhythm section and vocalist. For Islands, Ian Wallace was enlisted on drums and Boz Burrell on vocals. As the rhythm section was still lacking a member, Fripp taught Burrell how to play bass while the album was being written – I feel that his novice skills perhaps limited where KC could go with it although this isn’t necessarily a bad thing as we see another dimension of the band here; Islands is worlds apart from Lizard. Where Lizard would present itself with avant-garde/jazz ‘structures’, Islands prefers to bask in meditative tranquility. This is probably the most polarized of all the Crimson albums. It seems as though people either love it or hate it. And I, absolutely love it. It’s just so different from anything I’ve ever heard. While it’s my favorite King Crimson album, I can see why some people don’t care for it, it’s because it’s so unlike any other KC album out there. But to me, it’s stark changes from tranquility and beauty to anarchy and misogyny work perfectly.
Ladies of the Road5:29
Prelude: Song of the Gulls4:14
Total length: 42:13