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King Crimson


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3.80 | 1701 ratings

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4 stars It's funny enough that this album was the second album that I listened to after my brother Jokky (he is now a businessman and no longer prog!) introduced me to King Crimson "In The Court of The Crimson King". The first time I listened to "Islands" was in the cassette format and the song truly haunted me especially "Formentera Lady". But I really enjoyed it. When couple of years ago the 30th anniversary remaster edition was released I upgraded into CD format. It's a very informative CD sleeve notes with all old days news with respect to King Crimson. It's wonderful package!

The album is pastoral, orchestral as you might hear from songs like "Formentera Lady", "Song of the Gulls" and the title track. "Sailor's Tale" gives a good transition between early KC sound and the mid 70s. "The Letters" reminds me to one of the early albums. "Ladies of the Road" which I knew from another compilation cassette that my friend lent me at the time, is a bluesy number. For those of you who love King Crimson, it's a must having this album. But if you are new to KC, you'd better start with "In The Court of The Crimson King" and "In The Wake of Poseidon". It's an excellent addition to any prog music collection. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

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