King Crimson ‎– Islands

EG ‎– EGCD 5
CD, Album, Reissue


1 Formentera Lady 10:15
2 Sailor's Tale 7:34
3 The Letters 4:32
4 Ladies Of The Road 5:35
5 Prelude: Song Of The Gulls 4:15
6 Islands 11:54

Companies, etc.



Originally released in 1971, this is the first release on a CD.

Recorded at Command Studios, Piccadilly, London.
Produced for EG Records Ltd
All songs published by EG Music Ltd 1971
© 1971 EG Records Ltd
℗ 1971 EG Records Ltd

Outer cover illustration Trifid Nebula in Sagittarius by courtesy of The Institute of Technology and Carnegie Institutions of Washington.

Track durations on the release are taken from the original LP artwork: 1 5.20, 2 12.29, 3 4.32, 4 5.32, 5 4.15, 6 9.16 - those in the Tracklist are taken from a CD player.

There's no pause between tracks 1-3.
There is a hidden track at the end of track 6, (also on the original 1971 LP release). It was never considered as a separate track and not considered also on duration written on covers or labels. It contains a part of preparation to record or the rehersal of Prelude: Song Of The Gulls (track 5), including studio chat, Fripp's instructions, strings tuning, metronome beat, and counting to the start.
Real duration of track 6: 9:14
It is followed by a long silence: 1:00
Hidden track: 1:38

Packaged in a standard jewel case with 4-page booklet.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 012985 300520
  • Barcode (String): 5012985300520
  • Matrix / Runout (Mirrored): EGCD 5 : ·MASTERED· ·BY NIMBUS·
  • SPARS Code: AAD

Other Versions (5 of 112) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ILPS 9175, ILPS-9175 King Crimson Islands(LP, Album) Island Records, Island Records ILPS 9175, ILPS-9175 UK 1971 Sell This Version
SD 7212 King Crimson Islands(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Atlantic SD 7212 US 1975 Sell This Version
IEZP-22 King Crimson Islands(CD, Album, RE, RM, HQC) WHD Entertainment, Inc., Discipline Global Mobile, Inner Knot IEZP-22 Japan 2010 Sell This Version
PCCY-01424 King Crimson Islands(HDCD, Album, RE, RM, Gol) Discipline Global Mobile PCCY-01424 Japan 2000 Sell This Version
2310 519 King Crimson Islands(LP, Album, RE) Polydor, EG 2310 519 Italy 1979 Sell This Version