Island Life: 50 Years of Island Records

Island Life: 50 Years of Island Records

     
 
Following its great DVD video collection in 2007, Universal issues this ambitious compilation of singles originally issued on Chris Blackwell's Island Records. Of all the record labels out there, Island was the truly maverick one. Beginning in 1959 as a tiny indie imprint in Jamaica, Blackwell began by issuing calypso and other forms of Caribbean music -- and would

Overview

Following its great DVD video collection in 2007, Universal issues this ambitious compilation of singles originally issued on Chris Blackwell's Island Records. Of all the record labels out there, Island was the truly maverick one. Beginning in 1959 as a tiny indie imprint in Jamaica, Blackwell began by issuing calypso and other forms of Caribbean music -- and would eventually issue groundbreaking sets by Bob Marley, Desmond Dekker, Junior Murvin, Jimmy Cliff, Gregory Isaacs, Burning Spear, Black Uhuru, Linton Kwesi Johnson, and dozens of others. But as this triple-disc collection suggests, reggae, ska, and calypso were far from the only styles of music Island issued. Here are tracks from the careers of U2, Traffic, Cat Stevens, Bad Company, Robert Palmer, the B-52's, Pulp, Nick Drake, Jethro Tull, John Martyn, Sandy Denny, Sparks, Tom Tom Club, Slits, Amy Winehouse, in addition to others from the Caribbean artists above. Here are 39 singles from Island's catalog, along with a third bonus disc of contemporary artists covering classic ones on the label. Examples range from Winehouse covering Toots & the Maytals' "Monkey Man," Paul Weller re-versioning Drake's "River Man," Joe Cocker covering Cliff, and Keane paying tribute to Pulp on "Disco 2000," to name a few. There are 14 tracks on the bonus disc. This is an excellent introduction to Island, though of course it is wildly incomplete, and an undeniably great mix of music for the money.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/09/2009
Label:
Universal I.S.
UPC:
0600753188194
catalogNumber:
5318819

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Pride (In the Name of Love)
  2. Rehab
  3. Common People
  4. Relax
  5. Pull Up to the Bumper
  6. Addicted to Love
  7. Jamming
  8. Connected
  9. Harvest for the World
  10. Kissing with Confidence
  11. This Town Ain't Big Enough for the Both of Us
  12. Rock Lobster
  13. I'm a Wonderful Thing, Baby
  14. Video Killed the Radio Star
  15. Up Where We Belong
  16. Grace Kelly
  17. Never Be Lonely
  18. Somewhere Only We Know
  19. Push the Button
  20. Chelsea Dagger

Disc 2

  1. Moonshadow
  2. Love Is the Drug
  3. Let's Stick Together
  4. Harlem Shuffle
  5. Wild World
  6. My Boy Lollipop
  7. Police and Thieves
  8. Night Nurse
  9. Don't Turn Around
  10. Now That We've Found Love
  11. Israelites
  12. Living in the Past
  13. All Right Now
  14. Eighteen with a Bullet
  15. Keep on Running
  16. Hole in My Shoe
  17. Valerie
  18. Feel Like Makin' Love
  19. Lucky Man

Disc 3

  1. Monkey Man
  2. Disco 2000
  3. River Man
  4. Many Rivers to Cross
  5. Love Is the Drug
  6. Is This Love
  7. How Can I Tell You
  8. Teardrops
  9. Everybody's Changing
  10. Keep on Running
  11. This Is Love
  12. 18 with a Bullet
  13. Stir It Up
  14. With or Without You

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Nick Drake   Composer
Buffy Sainte-Marie   Composer
Jimmy Cliff   Composer
Bob Marley   Composer
Bryan Ferry   Composer
Isley Brothers   Composer
Paul Rodgers   Composer
Todd Rundgren   Composer
Yusuf (Cat Stevens)   Composer
Steve Winwood   Composer
Wilbert Harrison   Composer
Jackie Edwards   Composer
Holly Johnson   Composer
Greg Lake   Composer
Jack Nitzsche   Composer
Nile Rodgers   Composer
PJ Harvey   Composer
Dallas Austin   Composer
Nick Banks   Composer
Harry Wayne "K.C." Casey   Composer
Adam Clayton   Composer
Jarvis Cocker   Composer
August Darnell   Composer
Geoffrey Downes   Composer
Candida Doyle   Composer
Sly Dunbar   Composer
Richard Finch   Composer
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Peter Gill   Composer
Lynn Goldsmith   Composer
Toots Hibbert   Composer
Trevor Horn   Composer
Leon Huff   Composer
Richard Hughes   Composer
Gregory Isaacs   Composer
Marvin Isley   Composer
Ronald Isley   Composer
Rudolph Isley   Composer
Will Jennings   Composer
Junior Murvin   Composer
Leslie Kong   Composer
John Lawler   Composer
Morris Levy   Composer
Andy Mackay   Composer
Ron Mael   Composer
John Merchant   Composer
Larry Mullen   Composer
Mark O'Toole   Composer
Lee "Scratch" Perry   Composer
Russell Senior   Composer
Robbie Shakespeare   Composer
Paul Stewart   Composer
Diane Warren   Composer
Sylvester Weise   Composer
Pete Wingfield   Composer
Bruce Woolley   Composer
Dan Warner   Composer
Mark Webber   Composer
Jacob Brackman   Composer
Todd Deguchi   Composer
Jim Korthe   Composer
Desmond Dacres   Composer
Robert Birch   Composer
Nicholas Hallam   Composer
Cynthia Wilson   Composer
Keisha Buchanan   Composer
Mutya Buena   Composer
Richard Havers   Liner Notes
Heidi Range   Composer
Amy Winehouse   Composer
Tom Chaplin   Composer
Jodi Marr   Composer
Mika   Composer
Kevin Jeremiah   Composer
Ciaran Jeremiah   Composer
Dan Gillespie Sells   Composer
Robert Spencer   Composer

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