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King Crimson


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5 stars Perhaps, my favorite KC album. Altough I've read that people didn't really care for Boz' vocals, I view them as the best from any KC album. What I don't get is Boz being credited with choreography (haha). "Sailor's Tale" is a searing freakout, cathartic instrumental, that really stands out for me. The seamless transition from "Formentera Lady" to "Sailor's Tale" is great. Boz' vocals really come out on "The Letters" which is a dramatic song about infidelity. The chorus in "Ladies of the Road" is really wonderful, with vocal participation from Ian Wallace and Mel Collins. Fripp's guitar playing is excellent throughout and his instrumental "Prelude: Song of the Gulls" is one of his most delicate and pastoral compositions. "Islands" is a very subtle ending to this album and is a continuation of sorts of the previous song. This album serves as a transitional album, from their earlier albums, to their next couple of amazing albums. If you can find this and you like KC, then buy it, I've only got it on record, but when it's back in print on cd, I'll definately pick up on that also.


billyshears'67 | 5/5 |


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