King CrimsonIslands

Label:Island Records – ILPS 9175, Island Records – ILPS-9175
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
Style:Prog Rock


A1Formentera Lady9:55
A2Sailor's Tale7:20
A3The Letters4:25
B1Ladies Of The Road5:29
B2Prelude: Song Of The Gulls4:14

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This edition (1st edition) comes in a sleeve with flipback.
Released on a pink rim palm tree label
with a gatefold lyrics inner sleeve, inside opening.

Identical to Islands, except, on the side A label, the leading (line spacing) between the song titles is slightly greater. See the discussion sub Islands.

℗ 1971 (on center labels).
Recorded at Command Studios, Piccadilly, London.
Produced for E.G. Records.
All songs published by E.G. Music Ltd. © 1971.
Printed and made by the E.J. Day Group, London and Bedford.

Catalogue numbers:
- ILPS-9175 on center labels
- ILPS 9175 on inner sleeve
- no designations on outer sleeve whatsoever

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

This version has an hidden track (1:36), about 1 min. after the end of 'Islands' side B. It is an excerpt from a 'Prelude: Song of the Gulls' studio session (R. Fripp talking and ensemble tuning sounds). It does appear also on CD issues, again after 1 minute of silence.

All runout variants: stamper "M" may look like "I.I", stamper "G" may look like "C".
Runouts are stamped.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A variant 1): ILPS 9175 A-1 U V
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B variant 1): ILPS 9175 B-1 U RP
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A variant 2): ILPS 9175 A-1 U AL 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B variant 2): ILPS 9175 B-1 U M A 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A variant 3): ILPS 9175 A-1 U G 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B variant 3): ILPS 9175 B-1 U G 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A variant 4): ILPS 9175 A-1 U RP
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B variant 4): ILPS 9175 B-1 V
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A variant 5): ILPS 9175 A-1 U RG 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B variant 5): ILPS 9175 B-1 U MG 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A variant 6): ILPS 9175 A-1 U AT 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B variant 6): ILPS 9175 B-1 U AL 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A variant 7): ILPS 9175 A-1 U RU 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B variant 7): ILPS 9175 B-1 RA 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A variant 8): ILPS 9175 A-1 U RP 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B variant 8): ILPS 9175 B-1 U AO 3

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Islands (LP, Album, Stereo)Island Records85 806 ITGermany1971
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Islands (LP, Album)Island RecordsILPS 19175Italy1971
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Islands (LP, Album)Island Records85806 ITNetherlands1971
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Islands (LP, Album)Island RecordsILPS 9175Sweden1971
Islands (LP, Album, Stereo)Island Records, Island RecordsILPS 9175, ILPS-9175UK1971



  • plaffey's avatar
    Edited one day ago
    Wonderful audio on this 1st press . The great dynamics brings this album alive . Makes me love this album even more . Sound quality of a pressing makes a big difference .
    • raimod's avatar
      Lovely "hidden track" ... well, not that hidden at all.
      • Blu.Vinyl's avatar
        Edited one month ago
        In my opinion, compare to my US pressing. The first pressing beats it sound quality. It's way more dynamic than the US one. But, one thing that US pressing had it better, it is the album sleeve. The build quality on the US is way better in my opinion. Overall, the first pressing is the one I would say to go and get. But, a original US pressing, 2010 reissue, or SW remix, are a good option to get on vinyl if you can't get an first pressing.
        • EvilHank94's avatar
          Edited 10 months ago
          Does anyone have the cover/gatefold without the vinyl for sale? I bought an original Court of the Crimson King and this press of Islands was tucked inside but no cover obviously. Please message me if you're looking to sell one.
          • sebastian_schaller's avatar
            Edited 11 months ago
            Tengo una edición que dice "super lujo especial" también de Música Hall, hecha en mu país(Argentina) que dice ser compatible en mono. Todavía no fue subida en la página, la etiqueta es de color rosa. Una belleza su diseño, en tapa dura.
            • guitarfreak1799's avatar
              Anyone have just the inner sleeve? Found a clean copy for cheap but no custom inner.
              • ttmecvinn's avatar
                The sonics on this press are from another world. Insanely good, huge dynamics.
                • johnnypro's avatar
                  Edited 2 years ago
                  this first pressing has so much bass that I honestly prefer the 2014 reissue
                  • StanleyBarker7230's avatar
                    Edited 3 years ago
                    Anyone know why this was released with a flipback cover in the UK? I thought they were near completely phased out by the end of the 60s.
                    • meltdog's avatar
                      Formentera Lady, so mystical and magical. Jazz meets old English folk stuck in an elevator on the way to Mars. Thats my description anyhow...5 stars


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