Islands continues King Crimson’s penchant for mixing contrasting styles and dynamics; from the gothic melodrama of The Letters, the warm laid-back musings of Formentera Lady, the stately chamber orchestra setting of Song Of The Gulls, through to the raucously skewed blues of Ladies Of The Road and the yearning, poignant title track. The stand-out however, is Sailor’s Tale which breaks with the symphonic and jazz-inspired leanings of their previous albums. Propelled by Ian Wallace’s insistent cymbal and Mel Collins’ acerbic sax break, it also introduces a spikier, fractious metal-edged guitar sound that ultimately points the way towards Larks’ Tongues In Aspic. Originally released at the end of 1971, Islands also marks the end of lyricist Peter Sinfield’s tenure in the group.
Robert Fripp – Guitar,Mellotron, Peter’s Pedal, Harmonium and Sundry Implements
Mel Collins – Flute, Bass Flute, Saxes and Vocals
Boz Burrell – Bass, Vocals
Ian Wallace – Drums, Percussion and Vocals
Peter Sinfield – Words, Sounds and Vision