Island Life: 50 Years of Island Records

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/9/2009
  • Label: Universal I.S.
  • UPC: 600753188194
  • Catalog Number: 5318819

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pride (In the Name of Love) - U2 Tribute Band (3:49)
  2. 2 Rehab - Amy Winehouse (3:34)
  3. 3 Common People - Pulp (4:04)
  4. 4 Relax - Frankie Goes to Hollywood (3:54)
  5. 5 Pull Up to the Bumper - Grace Jones (3:39)
  6. 6 Addicted to Love - Robert Palmer (4:15)
  7. 7 Jamming - Bob Marley & the Wailers (3:35)
  8. 8 Connected - Stereo MC's (3:46)
  9. 9 Harvest for the World - The Christians (3:55)
  10. 10 Kissing with Confidence - William Powers (3:56)
  11. 11 This Town Ain't Big Enough for the Both of Us - Sparks (3:03)
  12. 12 Rock Lobster - The B-52s (6:49)
  13. 13 I'm a Wonderful Thing, Baby - Kid Creole & the Coconuts (3:51)
  14. 14 Video Killed the Radio Star - Buggles (3:17)
  15. 15 Up Where We Belong - Jennifer Warnes (3:49)
  16. 16 Grace Kelly - Mika (3:07)
  17. 17 Never Be Lonely - The Feeling (3:32)
  18. 18 Somewhere Only We Know - Keane (3:56)
  19. 19 Push the Button - Sugababes (3:38)
  20. 20 Chelsea Dagger - The Fratellis (3:23)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Moonshadow - Cat Stevens (2:50)
  2. 2 Love Is the Drug - Roxy Music (3:57)
  3. 3 Let's Stick Together - Bryan Ferry (2:56)
  4. 4 Harlem Shuffle - Bob & Earl (2:48)
  5. 5 Wild World - Jimmy Cliff (3:51)
  6. 6 My Boy Lollipop - Millie (2:00)
  7. 7 Police and Thieves - Junior Murvin (3:52)
  8. 8 Night Nurse - Gregory Isaacs (4:07)
  9. 9 Don't Turn Around - Aswad (3:16)
  10. 10 Now That We've Found Love - Third World (3:50)
  11. 11 Israelites - Desmond Dekker & the Aces (2:32)
  12. 12 Living in the Past - Jethro Tull (3:20)
  13. 13 All Right Now - Free (5:32)
  14. 14 Eighteen with a Bullet - Pete Wingfield (3:28)
  15. 15 Keep on Running - The Spencer Davis Group (2:43)
  16. 16 Hole in My Shoe - Traffic (2:49)
  17. 17 Valerie - Steve Winwood (4:05)
  18. 18 Feel Like Makin' Love - Bad Company (5:12)
  19. 19 Lucky Man - Emerson, Lake & Palmer (4:38)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Monkey Man - Amy Winehouse (2:53)
  2. 2 Disco 2000 - Keane (4:34)
  3. 3 River Man - Paul Weller (3:45)
  4. 4 Many Rivers to Cross - Joe Cocker (3:43)
  5. 5 Love Is the Drug - Grace Jones (7:09)
  6. 6 Is This Love - Scott Matthews (4:40)
  7. 7 How Can I Tell You - Gabriella Cilmi (4:02)
  8. 8 Teardrops - Sugababes (3:54)
  9. 9 Everybody's Changing - Taio Cruz (3:34)
  10. 10 Keep on Running - Remi Nicole (3:13)
  11. 11 This Is Love - The Feeling (3:49)
  12. 12 18 with a Bullet - I Blame Coco (3:17)
  13. 13 Stir It Up - The Fratellis (6:20)
  14. 14 With or Without You - Jonathan Jeremiah (4:00)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Nick Drake Composer
Buffy Sainte-Marie Composer
Jimmy Cliff Composer
Bob Marley Composer
Bryan Ferry Composer
The Isley Brothers Composer
Paul Rodgers Composer
Todd Rundgren Composer
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 Jr. 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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