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King CrimsonIslands

Label:Island Records – ILPS 9175, Island Records – ILPS-9175
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
Country:UK
Released:
Genre:Rock
Style:Prog Rock

Tracklist

A1Formentera Lady9:55
A2Sailor's Tale7:20
A3The Letters4:25
B1Ladies Of The Road5:29
B2Prelude: Song Of The Gulls4:14
B3Islands9:14
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Notes

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.

℗ 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
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A variant 9): ILPS 9175 A-1 U L 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B variant 9): ILPS 9175 B-1 U GD 1

Other Versions (5 of 148)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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

Reviews

  • ttmecvinn's avatar
    ttmecvinn
    The sonics on this press are from another world. Insanely good, huge dynamics.
    • johnnypro's avatar
      johnnypro
      Edited one year ago
      this first pressing has so much bass that I honestly prefer the 2014 reissue
      • StanleyBarker7230's avatar
        Edited one year 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
          meltdog
          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
          • LeonTP's avatar
            LeonTP
            Edited 2 years ago
            I prefer the 40th remix almost all the way. It has nearly as good a bass as the UK original but with a better vocal presence like on the 2010 version without sacrificing other areas.

            Ranking:
            1. 40th Wilson Remix
            2. UK original
            3. 2010 Reissue
            • bell-end's avatar
              bell-end
              Has nobody really left a comment about the track 'islands'? It is so profoundly moving I feel like crying every time I listen to it.
              It builds and builds over 6 minutes,though it clocks in at over 9 minutes.
              • Tonyjopet
                There is also a small mistake in the lyrics for the first line in the 4 verse. It is written "sun shine down", but he sings "star(s) shine down".
                • harrymerkin's avatar
                  harrymerkin
                  Highly under rated King Crimson LP in my opinion. I think the opening track is fantastic, the way its drifts off into a heavy string melody. All around a classic I think.

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