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King Crimson


Eclectic Prog

3.83 | 2009 ratings

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5 stars This Album is grossly misunderstood the number of people that want 'Prog' bands to repeat themselves over and over is astounding the whole idea of prog is to evolve and change to try new and diferent things.

On Islands Fripp and Co do just this from classical to almost beatles like but always inventive and interesting. For instance the Sailor's Tale is Neo Jazz Prog like no other. The letters is a most Beautifuly sad bit of music angular in feel, i cant think of any other song that even comes close to conveying the emotion this does, when listening to this song you can feel who the lady in the song feeling and understand the outcome.

Formentera Lady is long but i think with reason it builds up with the wailing vocal line and blends straight into Sailors tale, one way to look at it is the first two songs are one and complement each other well.

A song about groupies who would have ever thought KC would ever go there, this is the arena for slade and other pop acts, but Ladies of the Road put a new spin on an old subject.

Song of the Gulls Is a beautifull little bit of work from fripp here soulfull and grand, as much classical as it is prog.

Islands what can i say well written song Robert and Peter did well. At the end of the album when we can hear the group of muscians tuning and fripp says "Now what were going to do, do it twice more once with the oboe once with out it and then we're finished for the evening" If only they let us hear the the other two takes.

For my money there was never a bad King Crimson Album but this one does stand on its own with no trouble at all.....

markc138 | 5/5 |


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