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King Crimson Islands (CD/DVD-Audio) KCSP4 CD/DVD-A
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FormatAudio CD / DVD Audio
Ordering NumberKCSP4
Release date11.10.2010

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      Islands, the only studio album from the second performing lineup of King Crimson was always more akin to a snapshot of the band than a fully realised image. The CD/DVD-A package assembled as the fifth in the series of 40th anniversary releases provides that much bigger picture. The CD presents a complete stereo remix by Steven Wilson & Robert Fripp alongside a group of additional tracks representing a near complete “alternate album” of studio takes, run-throughs and mixes. The DVD-A presents a complete 5.1 surround sound mix by Steven Wilson, a hi-res stereo version of the 2010 mix, a hi-res stereo version of the original album mix taken from the 30th anniversary master source and almost 90 minutes of additional material – the vast majority of it previously unreleased – including many studio takes mixed from the original recording sessions specifically for this release. The material covers everything from early rehearsals of ‘Pictures of a City’ (one of the final new songs performed by the 1969 lineup) to the previously unheard ‘A Peacemaking Stint Unrolls’ (showcasing early ideas & elements that would appear in fully realised form on later KC albums), a fragment of Fripp playing the tune of ‘Islands’ on a mellotron, a blistering live ‘Sailor’s Tale’ from the Zoom Club & much more, making this an essential release for King Crimson fans.

      Islands occupies a unique place in the King Crimson discography. Unlike the previous albums “In the Wake of Poseidon” & “Lizard” which were studio creations, never taken on the road by a performing band, most of the Islands material was performed live. Yet the album manages to offer the continuity of the earlier albums, showcasing Fripp’s growth as a composer & arranger in pieces such as the title track & ‘Prelude: Song of the Gulls’, while simultaneously providing the classic Crimson sonic assault of ‘Sailor’s Tale’, a piece ideally suited to being performed live & one that would stretch & alter with each new performance.

      This release fully vindicates the claim that this lineup – short lived though it may have been – had as much to offer musically as any of the more well-known King Crimson incarnations

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      hideCD/DVD-A 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: Robert Fripp & David Singleton remix
      moreCD/DVD-A 2
      • 1.Original album 2010 stereo mix
      • 2.Original album 1971 mix, 30th anniversary remaster
      • 3.Islands: Alternative album
      • 4.Routes to Islands
      • 5.Islands: Additional tracks: Assorted Ladies