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Mel Collins (born Melvyn Desmond Collins on 5 September, 1947, in the Isle of Man) is a British saxophonist and flautist and prominent session musician.

He has worked with an extensive number of musicians, including Alexis Korner, Clannad, Eric Clapton, Bad Company, Dire Straits, Bryan Ferry, Marianne Faithfull, The Rolling Stones, Tears For Fears and many others, but his most important work was as a member of progressive rock bands King Crimson, Camel, Caravan, and The Alan Parsons Project. For King Crimson he was Ian McDonald's replacement, playing the same three instruments as him on In the Wake of Poseidon, Lizard and Islands before re-appearing as a session musician on the Red album.

He is currently a member of the King Crimson "revival" group, 21st century Schizoid Band with other former Crimson members.

Collins played the sax solo on The Rolling Stones 1978 #1 single "Miss You", as well as playing with Dire Straits on their live album Alchemy in the song "Two Young Lovers".

He has also been a part of the band on Harald Schmidt's live show.

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with Camel Edit

21st Century Schizoid Band Edit

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