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  • Yes, it's a great record. The live band around this time was terrific, too; some of my favorite Crimson concert recordings are from the Islands tour.
  • Very underrated, I can't understand people calling this their worst. The classical compositions are fantastic and I love the combination of jazz, rock and classical in here. The album is definitely in my top 5 King Crimson records and the title track and "Formentera Lady" are among my favorite Crimson songs as well.
  • underrated crimson album, my favourite of the first four
  • Yes, there's definitely a classical influence on this one, particularly on "Song of the Gulls" and the title track, which are both just absolutely beautiful pieces that lend themselves nicely to quiet introspection and reflection. I think Islands has my favorite album cover in the King Crimson catalog too.
  • @MisterJunior: There's also that symphonic/classical influence on Islands that the band experimented with as well, which is what I think makes it such a unique album compared to the rest of the band's work.
  • @Ennish Great thoughts on Islands. I've never understood why this one and Lizard get so much criticism from fans and music journalists alike. These two albums show off the jazz influence on King Crimson better than any other. I'd love to witness the band doing some Islands material at a live show.
  • I will defend this album until the day I die. It's an absolutely underrated album among the King Crimson pantheon, and probably among classic prog releases in general as well. It's definitely in my list of top 3 Crimson albums, and it was an absolute pleasure to witness the band playing "Sailor's Tale" and "The Letters" in person back in 2014.
  • Weird album.
  • One of those "why the fuck is that so underrated" albums (2)
  • Such a great album. The title track is beautiful and the combination of jazz, rock, and classical music is excellent. Definitely my favorite album out of the King Crimson catalog.

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