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Islands: 40th Anniversary Series Extra tracks, CD+DVD, Original recording remastered

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The classic album has been mixed for 5.1 Surround Sound from the original studio masters by Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) & is fully approved by Crimson founder Robert Fripp. Almost 90 minutes of bonus material mostly unreleased including a full 'Alternate Album', rehearsal takes, live material, studio sessions & material mixed for the first time for this release.DVD-A (compatible with all DVD players & DVD Rom players) features a 5.1 DTS Mix and High Resolution Stereo mixes (24bit/48khz), and features both the original album mix & the new album mix in High Resolution stereo.

Track Listings

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 (Studio Run Through -Bonus Track)
  8. Formentera Lady (Take 2 - Bonus Track)
  9. Sailor's Tale (Bonus Alternate Mix/Edit)
  10. A Peacemaking Stint Unrolls (Bonus Track)
  11. The Letters (Bonus Rehearsal/Outtake)
  12. Ladies of the Road (Bonus Remix)

Disc: 2

  1. Islands Album DVD-A Lossless Surround Sound, DTS 5.1 Surround Sound
  2. Islands Album original mix - High Resolution Stereo
  3. Islands Album new mix High Resolution Stereo
  4. Almost 90 minutes of bonus material mostly unreleased including a full Alternate Album , rehearsal takes, live material, studio sessions & material mixed for the first time for this release.


Product Details

  • DVD Audio (November 22, 2010)
  • Please Note: This is a DVD-Audio disc which is playable on most DVD players as well as all DVD-Audio players. Click here for additional information regarding compatibility.
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Extra tracks, CD+DVD, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Discipline
  • ASIN: B003XTUZIM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,142 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Lizard and Islands have always been the two Crimson albums closest to my heart, so when I heard they were to be released in 5.1 DVD audio, I was quite thrilled. No amount of anticipation could have prepared me for the acutal experience of these amazing reissues. Listening to these works, one forgets the technology involved, and is absorbed into the beauty of Fripp's brilliance. One must be forwarned however. Being exposed to such sonic perfection will make ANY mp3 sound flat and weak by comparison. I am currently re-burning all my CD's into wave files for home listening. Now that storage is not a cost issue, I can no longer limit my experience for the sake of portability. Islands, as an LP, or early CD release, has suffered from the wide range of volume in the recording, especially in songs like "the letter", and "ladies of the road". The low volume parts had signal to noise problems, and the loud parts verged on clipping. This new version has non of these problems. I was able to enjoy total emmersion into the soundscape, bringing me to tears on "song of the gulls". I am so grateful for the geeks holed up in studios producing this kind of work, whether its the beatles or roxy music being reformed. If you like Islands, this is a must.
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Not nearly as weird and as jazzy as it's predecessor ' Lizard ' and not as heavy as it's studio successor ' Lark's Tongue ', 'Islands ' is to me an underrated classic by King Crimson. The arrangements are sparse, the mellow moments (which there are a bunch of here) are absolutely beautiful, the band rock out a few times (though maybe not enough), and the production nearly flawless.

As one other reviewer pointed out, Boz Burrell is given relatively simple bass lines, probably due to the fact that he didn't even PLAY bass before joining King Crimson...he was chosen as their bassist after Fripp heard him noodling around on a bass guitar and liked what he heard. Boz does play his bass parts well, however and also does a fine job singing. Saxist/flutist Mel Collins is his usual brilliant self, drummer Ian Wallace gives some underrated performances. As for Fripp himself, this album really was a showcase for his writing and arranging skills. He does get in some terrific guitar playing here and there, particularly on the very nasty and funny ode to groupies ' Ladies Of The Road ', especially during his solo, during which he seems to be fighting the rather awkward blues of the song itself! I also love Sinfield's naughty lyrics, Mel Collins entrance after the line " I smiled and just unzipped her.. ", the way Wallace comes in after the first verse, the refrain (done in 3/4 time), etc...

The only word to desribe the last two songs, ' Prelude: Song Of The Gulls ' and ' Islands ' is gorgeous. Actually, I CAN think of other words, like melodic, peaceful, tranquil, wonderful, sleep inducing, blah blah blah. My youngest brother and youngest sister thought that Boz sang ' eyelids ' instead of ' Islands '!
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I really enjoy this 1971 release by King Crimson in spite of the fact that it is neither as wildly virtuosic nor heavy as the first album and the trio of brilliant albums released during 1973-1974. In contrast, Islands is largely quiet and brooding, with dark, low tones played on reed, brass, and string instruments, woodwinds, along with moody mellotron pads here and there. With respect to the new band members, bassist Boz Burrell's lack of familiarity with the electric bass and his admittedly simplistic approach to the instrument might not have worked in any other setting but works well in this stripped down context. Fortunately, his lack of playing ability is more than compensated for by his great vocal abilities, superior acoustic bassist Harry Miller (his bowed and plucked parts are featured on the first piece), and superb drumming by Ian Wallace. Fripp of course is excellent as both a composer/arranger and guitarist, although his guitar playing is not featured prominently on this album - in fact, with the exception of a single, frenzied guitar solo on Sailor's Tale, the electric guitar is pretty much absent. Keboardist extraordinaire Keith Tippett is another person that I wish there was more of on this album. The pieces including Formentara Lady/Sailor's Tale, The Letters, and Islands are more or less similarly sullen, quiet, and acoustic, while the classically influenced instrumental Song of the Gulls is hauntingly beautiful and features a wonderful string arrangement written by Robert Fripp. In stark contrast to these five pieces is Ladies of the Road, which is a brash and vulgar song (with Beatle-esque undertones) that pays homage to groupies and is not terribly good, although Mel Collins sax solo is perfectly "brash and vulgar".Read more ›
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When I first listened to 'Letters', back in 1971, I found myself shaking afterwards! When I listen to this song today, it has the same effect on me as back then! Nothing has changed, because this incredible album was eons ahead of its time, to begin with. It's no wonder that many Crimson fans do not place this gem where it belongs: It's too personal, too esoteric, perhaps fully accessible only to the "initiates" (let us not forget that Robert Fripp is a very spiritual person and a serious student/teacher of meditation. In fact, in his guitar school, meditation is an integral part of the student's training). This album certainly contains the best elements of King Crimson's music. The heavy (Sailor's Tale), the lyrical (Formentera Lady, Islands), the classical (Prelude..), the jazzy (Letters, Sailor's Tale), and the pop/humorous (Ladies of the Road). But most important, behind the real beauty of the music, comes a message of despair and agony: The cry of the contemporary man who tries to escape the crashing loneliness of this age. The need of us humans to escape our plightful, lonely "island" state of existence and merge into a collective consciousness (..Islands join hands 'neath heaven sea). Together with 'Red', this is not only my favourite Crimson album, but one of my five favourite albums ever!
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