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Mel Collins

Mel Collins
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Melvyn Desmond "Mel" Collins (born 5 September 1947, Isle of Man) is a British saxophonist, flautist and session musician. Collins is perhaps best known for his work in progressive rock, having been a member of King Crimson on two separate occasions (the first from 1970 to 1972 and the second from 2013 to the present day) and having played with Camel, the Alan Parsons Project, and Chris Squire. He has also worked in a wide variety of contexts ranging from R&B and blues rock to jazz.
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King Crimson — Radical Action (To Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind) King Crimson — Radical Action (To Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind)
(Discipline KCXPBX5001, 2016, 3CD+BR)
King Crimson — Live in Toronto King Crimson — Live in Toronto
(Discipline DGM5013, 2015/2016, 2CD)
Arti e Mestieri — Universi Paralleli Arti e Mestieri — Universi Paralleli
(Cramps Records 88875126942, 2015, CD)
Arti & Mestieri — The Live Arti & Mestieri — The Live
(Ma.Ra.Cash Records MRC033, 2013, CD+DVD)
Nektar — A Spoonful of Time Nektar — A Spoonful of Time
(Purple Pyramid CLP 8932-2, 2012, CD)
Jakszyk, Fripp and Collins — A Scarcity of Miracles Jakszyk, Fripp and Collins — A Scarcity of Miracles
(DGM DGM1101, 2011, CD)
Crimson Jazz Trio — King Crimson Songbook Volume 2 Crimson Jazz Trio — King Crimson Songbook Volume 2
(Inner Knot INK7727, 2009, CD)
Jakko M. Jakszyk — The Bruised Romantic Glee Club Jakko M. Jakszyk — The Bruised Romantic Glee Club
(Innerhythmic ICNCD 2007, 2006, 2CD)
Adrian Belew — Side Three Adrian Belew — Side Three
(Sanctuary Records 06076-84777-2, 2006, CD)
Hereward Kaye — Golden Mile Hereward Kaye — Golden Mile
(Secret 002CD, 2001, CD)
No-Man — Flowermix No-Man — Flowermix
(Hidden Art hi-art 2, 1995, CD)
No-Man — Flowermouth No-Man — Flowermouth
(Kscope KSCOPE111X, 1994/2005, CD)
Martin Barre — A Trick of Memory Martin Barre — A Trick of Memory
(ZYX 3613-2, 1994, CD)
Bryan Ferry — Taxi Bryan Ferry — Taxi
(Reprise 9 45246-2, 1993, CD)
Phil Manzanera — Southern Cross Phil Manzanera — Southern Cross
(Agenda 72167, 1990, CD)
Annie Haslam — Annie Haslam Annie Haslam — Annie Haslam
(T-Bird 0022 CD, 1989/2010, CD)
David Sylvian — Gone to Earth David Sylvian — Gone to Earth
(Virgin V2-86003, 1986, CD)
Phil Manzanera — Guitarissimo Phil Manzanera — Guitarissimo
(E.G. Records EGCD 69, 1986, CD)
Camel — Stationary Traveller Camel — Stationary Traveller
(Camel Productions CP1012, 1984/2004, CD)
10cc — Windows in the Jungle 10cc — Windows in the Jungle
(Mercury 3793175, 1983/2014, CD)
Camel — Nude Camel — Nude
(Esoteric Recordings ECLEC 2159, 1981/2009, CD)
John Wetton — King's Road - 1972-1980 John Wetton — King's Road - 1972-1980
(E.G. Records EGCD 70, 1980/1987, CD)
Anthony Phillips — Private Parts and Pieces II: Back to the Pavilion Anthony Phillips — Private Parts and Pieces II: Back to the Pavilion
(Blueprint BP203, 1980/1996, CD)
Jon Anderson — Song of Seven Jon Anderson — Song of Seven
(Wounded Bird WOU 6021, 1980/2006, CD)
Pete Bardens — Heart to Heart Pete Bardens — Heart to Heart
(Esoteric Recordings ECLEC 2322, 1979/2012, CD)
Camel — I Can See Your House from Here Camel — I Can See Your House from Here
(Esoteric Recordings ECLEC 2158, 1979/2009, CD)
Anthony Phillips — Sides Anthony Phillips — Sides
(Voiceprint VP534CD, 1979/2012, 2CD)
Camel — Breathless Camel — Breathless
(Esoteric Recordings ECLEC 2155, 1978/2009, CD)
Bryan Ferry — The Bride Stripped Bare Bryan Ferry — The Bride Stripped Bare
(Polydor 2302 081, 1978, LP)
Paul Brett — Interlife Paul Brett — Interlife
(RCA Victor PL-25149, 1978, LP)
Phil Manzanera — K-Scope Phil Manzanera — K-Scope
(E.G. Records EGCD 37, 1978/1990, CD)
Camel — A Live Record Camel — A Live Record
(Decca 8829282, 1978/2002, 2CD)
Anthony Phillips — Wise after the Event Anthony Phillips — Wise after the Event
(Passport PB 9828, 1978, LP)
Bryan Ferry — In Your Mind Bryan Ferry — In Your Mind
(Polydor 2302 055, 1977, LP)
Phil Manzanera / 801 — Listen Now Phil Manzanera / 801 — Listen Now
(Virgin EXPCD17, 1977/2000, CD)
Camel — Rain Dances Camel — Rain Dances
(Decca 531 4610, 1977/2009, CD)
Streetwalkers — Vicious but Fair Streetwalkers — Vicious but Fair
(See for Miles SEECD 352, 1977/1992, CD)
Bryan Ferry — Let's Stick Together Bryan Ferry — Let's Stick Together
(Island Records ILPS 9367, 1976, LP)
Chris Squire — Fish out of Water Chris Squire — Fish out of Water
(Wounded Bird WOU 8159, 1975/2007, CD)
Amazing Blondel — Inspiration Amazing Blondel — Inspiration
(Talking Elephant TECD140, 1975/2009, CD)
Uriah Heep — Return to Fantasy Uriah Heep — Return to Fantasy
(Sanctuary Records SMRCD100, 1975/2004, CD)
King Crimson — Red King Crimson — Red
(Discipline KCSP7, 1974/2009, CD+DVD)
King Crimson — Earthbound King Crimson — Earthbound
(Discipline DGM0511, 1972/2006, CD)
King Crimson — Islands King Crimson — Islands
(Discipline KCSP4, 1971/2010, CD+DVD)
Alan Bown — Stretching Out Alan Bown — Stretching Out
(Esoteric Recordings ECLEC2194, 1971/2010, CD)
King Crimson — In the Wake of Poseidon King Crimson — In the Wake of Poseidon
(Discipline KCSP2, 1970/2010, CD+DVD)
Alan Bown — Listen Alan Bown — Listen
(Esoteric Recordings ECLEC 2193, 1970/2010, CD)
King Crimson — Lizard King Crimson — Lizard
(Discipline KCSP3, 1970/2009, CD+DVD)

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