ISLAND
RECORDS

Independent label: Island Records was founded in Jamaica, in 1959, by Chris Blackwell.  To begin with it specialised in Ska; Blackwell relocated the label to London in 1962, hoping to find a ready market for his recordings among the expatriate West Indian community.  Island flourished, and its scope widened.  Blackwell signed the Spencer Davis Group and licensed their records to Fontana; their success inspired him to concentrate upon the Rock market rather than the Reggae one.  The late '60s and early '70s saw some soon-to-be household names arriving at the label: Traffic, King Crimson, Jethro Tull and Free, among others.  Producer Joe Boyd brought Folk-Rock to the label, with Fairport Convention and Fotheringay, while singer / songwriters Cat Stevens, John Martin and Nick Drake also found a home there.  Roxy Music arrived as well, in 1972.  1973 saw a revival of the Reggae side of the company, with the signing of Bob Marley and the Wailers, who proceeded to sell albums by the zillion.   Other Reggae artists signed on and enjoyed mainstream success: Toots and the Maytals, Aswad and Steel Pulse.  Island began the 1980s by discovering U2; not a bad start, by anybody's reckoning.  In 1989, however, Blackwell sold the company to A&M; it continues to this day, as part of a large conglomerate rather than as an independent, and it is still flourishing. Distributed By Island Records. Thanks to Robert Lyons For The Info.

 
70 Various Artists Gimme Some Lovin' (Live) #1 ISLAND TIM 1
 
70 Traffic Empty Pages ISLAND TRAF 1
71 Claire Hamill What Are Your Smiles At ISLAND ISL 72
 
71 Claire Hamill What Are Your Smiles At ISLAND ISL 72
    
73 Bryan Ferry Sympathy For The Devil ISLAND IDJ 1
73 Wailers I Shot The Sheriff ISLAND IDJ 2
74 Meters Ride Your Pony ISLAND IDJ 3
75 Andy MacKay Wild Weekend ISLAND IDJ 4
75 Robert Palmer Which Of Us Is The Fool (12") ISLAND IDJ 5
75 Not Traced ISLAND IDJ 6
75 Bob Marley And The Wailers Trenchtown Rock ISLAND IDJ 7
75 Not Traced ISLAND IDJ 8
75 War Low Rider / Heartbeat (12") ISLAND IDJ 9
76 Paco De Lucia Between Two Rivers (Entre Dos Aguas) Edited Dj Version 3.40 ISLAND IDJ 10
76 Not Traced ISLAND IDJ 11
76 Not Traced ISLAND IDJ 12
76 Not Traced ISLAND IDJ 13
76 Pete Wingfield Eyes In The Back Of My Head ISLAND IDJ 14
76 Michael Nesmith With The First National Band I Fall To Pieces ISLAND IDJ 15
76 Bryan Ferry Price Of Love ISLAND IDJ 16
76 Not Traced ISLAND IDJ 17
76 Ultravox! Wide Boys (12") ISLAND IDJ 18
77 Eddie Quansah Che Che Kulé (12") ISLAND IDJ 19
77 Wilton Place Street Band Disco Lucy (I Love Lucy Theme) (12") ISLAND IDJ 20
77 Jim Capaldi Goodbye My Love (12") ISLAND IDJ 21
77 Various Artists Island 45's (12") ISLAND IDJ 22
77 Not Traced ISLAND IDJ 23
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77 Georgie Fame Daylight (12") ISLAND IDJ 25
77 Bob Marley & The Wailers Exodus - Special Disco Cut (12") ISLAND IDJ 26
77 Not Traced ISLAND IDJ 27
77 Not Traced ISLAND IDJ 28
79 Hi-Tension Unspoken / Power And Lightning (12") ISLAND IDJ 29
79 Roundtree Discocide / Manhattan Fever  (12") ISLAND IDJ 30
75 Bad Company Deal With The Preacher ISLAND BCDJ 1
 
75 Various Artists Island Disco Sampler ISLAND IEP 1
    
76 Ferry Bryan Extended Play Ep ISLAND IEP 1
76 Eddie & The Hotrods Live At The Marquee [Ep] ISLAND  IEP 2
76 Jess Roden Band Live! ISLAND  IEP 3
76 Michael Nesmith With The First National Band I Fall To Pieces ISLAND  IEP 4
77 Eddie And The Hot Rods At The Sound Of Speed ISLAND  IEP 5
78 Free [ Uk ] Free [ Ep ] ISLAND IEP 6
78 Free [ Uk ] Free [ Ep ] ISLAND IEP 6DJ
78 Free [ Uk ] Free [ Ep ] ISLAND IEP JB6
78 Traffic Hole In My Shoe ISLAND IEP 7
78 Traffic Hole In My Shoe ISLAND IEP JB7
78 Ultravox! Live Retro ISLAND IEP 8
78 Jimmy Cliff Wild World  ISLAND IEP 9
78 Spencer Davis Group, The Spencer Davis Group (EP, Comp)  3 versions ISLAND IEP 10
80 Toots & The Maytals Toots & The Maytals E.P. ?(7", EP) ISLAND IEP 11
77 Warsaw Pakt Safe And Warm ISLAND PAKT  1
77 Bob Marley And The Wailers Promotional Advert ISLAND WIP 6402 IDJ
78 Jade Warrior  Way Of The Sun  ISLAND JAD 1
 
78 Bob Marley & The Wailers / Robert Palmer Record Shop Sampler (Album) ISLAND RSS 1
78 Not Traced ISLAND RSS 2
77 Illusion  / Ian Gillan Band Untitled (12") ISLAND RSS 3
78 Steel Pulse Prodigal Son / Sound Check / Ku Klux Klan (12") ISLAND RSS 4
79 Inner Circle / Eddie + Hot Rods Island Sampler (12") ISLAND RSS 5
79 Not Traced ISLAND RSS 6
79 Nick Drake Sampler (12") ISLAND RSS 7
79 Not Traced ISLAND RSS 8
79 Robert Palmer Secrets Sampler (12") ISLAND RSS 9
79 Not Traced ISLAND RSS 10
79 Not Traced ISLAND RSS 11
79 Not Traced ISLAND RSS 12
79 Not Traced ISLAND RSS 13
79 Various Artists Reggae ISLAND RSS 14
79 Various Artists Special Shop Sampler (12") ISLAND RSS 15
79 Various Artists Leaving The Seventies Behind ! - Autumn 1979 (Album) ISLAND RSS 16
79 Various Artists Untitled ISLAND RSS 17
79 B-52'S Strobe Light ISLAND  PSR 438

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