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Strangely Strange But Oddly Normal: An Island Records Anthology 1967-1972 [Box set]

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (25 May 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B0027CASEW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,879 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Supernatural Fairy TalesArt 3:350.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Paper Sun (Album Version (Mono))Traffic 4:120.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Harpsichord ShuffleWynder K. Frog 3:570.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Rainbow ChaserNirvana 2:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Pearly QueenTramlines 3:430.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Sunshine Help MeSpooky Tooth 3:040.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Dusty (Album Version)John Martyn 3:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Meet On The LedgeFairport Convention 2:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. A Song For JeffreyJethro Tull 3:190.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The CarpenterClouds 3:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. I Keep Singing That Same Old SongHeavy Jelly 8:180.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Black Mass: An Electric Storm In HellWhite Noise 7:210.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Over The Green Hills (Part 1)Free0:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. WorryFree 3:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. GiantsQuintessence 4:370.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Queen Of ScotsAmazing Blondel 1:410.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Feelin' Alright?Traffic 4:210.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Sing Me A Song That I KnowBlodwyn Pig 3:030.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. A Sailor's LifeFairport Convention11:10Album Only


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. A New Day YesterdayJethro Tull 4:080.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. No Time To LiveTraffic 5:210.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Three HoursNick Drake 6:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Lost In My DreamSpooky Tooth 5:060.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Stormbringer (Album Version) [feat. Beverley Martyn]John Martyn 4:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Strangely Strange But Oddly NormalDr. Strangely Strange 4:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Notting Hill GateQuintessence 2:540.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Banks Of The NileFotheringay 8:070.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Wild WorldCat Stevens 3:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Painted ChariotThe Incredible String Band 3:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The North Star Grassman And The RavensSandy Denny 3:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Suite In C; Including Turnham Green, Here I am And OthersMcDonald & Giles11:14Album Only
Listen13. The Siege Of YaddlethorpeAmazing Blondel 2:320.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Knife Edge (Live at 'Stomping Encore' Concert, Gaelic Park, New York, 1 Sept 1971)Emerson, Lake & Palmer 5:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Thunderbuck Ram (Album Version)Mott The Hoople 4:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Northern SkyNick Drake 3:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Thru The NightAlan Bown 4:150.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Dark DanceRobin Williams 1:040.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. I Am The Walrus [feat. Mike Harrison]Spooky Tooth 6:230.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Glistening Glyndebourne (Album Version)John Martyn 6:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Fire And WaterFree 3:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. See My WayBlodwyn Pig 5:040.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. See The WorldVinegar Joe 6:200.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Peace TrainCat Stevens 4:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Watercolour DaysClouds 5:290.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. The Low Spark Of High-Heeled BoysTraffic11:43Album Only
Listen14. Song For SuzieHeads, Hands & Feet 7:120.79  Buy MP3 


Product Description

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This three CD set is a re-issue of the critically acclaimed Island anthology which was released back in 2005. Containing over three and a half hours of music from the legendary "pink label" period of the Island back catalogue (1967 to 1972) Strangely Strange features the best from the likes of Nirvana, Quintessence, Heavy Jelly, Free, John Martyn, Spooky Tooth, Traffic and many, many more. The 48-page booklet contains sleeve notes by Mark Powell, biogs and rare photographs.

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238 of 241 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a thought 15 Aug 2009
By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Love this compilation to bits BUT
AN IDEA
Has Island thought about issuing the CD versions of all those wonderful compilations of 'You can all Join In'. 'Nice Enough to Eat', 'Bumpers' and 'El Pea'?
You could release them just like the 'Classic Album Series of artists with neat little reproductions of the sleeves in cardboard.

Think if all 5 were included it would sell like hotcakes.

Just look at re releases like the B52s, The Pogues, The Pretenders, Jefferson Airplane and their like.
Fools like me would buy and enjoy them and it would be a wonderful addition to the pension funds of some of those grate (sic) performers?
A little bit like Bob Monkhouse did with the Royalties for his TV show 'Mad Movies'. Lots of actors were on the breadline and he ensured that royalties were paid to the septuagenarians.

Just a thought... Please tick to say my review was of use and heck you never knows Island just might take heed watch this space!
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103 of 104 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From a time when music was magical. 25 Feb 2006
Format:Audio CD
This 3 CD set is superb in every way. Thirty odd years ago I owned a double Island Sampler called "El Pea". I always regretted the fact that I no longer have a means of playing vinyl, but this box set has filled my need. It contains much of what was on El Pea and coming from Island, that most innovative of record labels, the music here is inventive and the true meaning of progressive becomes apparent. From a time when you had either singles or albums bands, most of the acts on this collection never ever had a hit recording. Most were big on the university circuit (oh those heady days). There are exceptions like Free, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Cat Stevens, Jethro Tull and Traffic, all of whom did enjoy singles chart successes. But what a joy to again hear the likes of early Mott the Hoople, Dr Strangely Strange, Quintessence and Heads, Hands and Feet. Stalwarts like King Crimson and Fairport Convention are also represented here as are the Incredible String Band and Spooky Tooth.
The box set comes complete with a well written booklet and, a touch I especially like cosmetic though it is, the CD's themselves look like the old record label, an idea that seems to be growing to my delight.
So I'm stuck in a time warp but who cares. When you have music of such quality I'm pleased to be a 50 something who still remembers "Sounds" and Radio One In Concert on a Saturday night fondly. The set covers Island acts from 1967 to 1972 and is a must for the discerning muci lover. Come back Chris Blackwell. We need you.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the past still holds up 19 Jun 2009
Format:Audio CD
This anthology covers the period between 1967 and 1972 when Island Records was transformed from an importer of reggae to an incubator for some of the more experimental fusions of folk, the classics, jazz, electronics and blues-based rock that were emerging at the time. With airplay dominated by the singles charts, one of the main vehicles for promoting these less commercially-oriented acts was the budget-priced sampler, and Island Records produced probably the most eclectic and engaging series of any record company. Bumpers arguably represents the most broadly-based example but by the time of the last of the series, El Pea, the underground sound was becoming more mainstream and in some ways less innovative.

Sadly the overlap between this anthology and the samplers is not complete - no reggae or jazz/rock - but most of the featured artists are represented and the ensemble captures very well the spirit of the original samplers and, probably more relevantly, the musical tastes of a specific market. Alongside great tracks from obscure artists like McDonald & Giles, Nirvana, Heavy Jelly and Heads, Hands & Feet, are strong tracks by Traffic, Nick Drake, Fairport Convention and others.

If you owned any of the old Island samplers you will probably love this anthology. If you are too young to have heard these songs first time round, you are in for a pleasant surprise. This collection not only captures the spirit of those original samplers but also demonstrates that the quality of those artists largely still stands up today.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strangely good, if a little weird 10 Nov 2005
By N. Mason VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Anyone who remembers buying the Island budget albums in the late 60's and early 70's such as 'Nice Enough to Eat' and 'Bumpers' will enjoy much of the music on this excellent value triple album. It has to be said that not every track is a classic by a long way but there is enough truly original music from the early 'progressive rock' years to keep everyone happy. There are some excellent examples from the early 'Island' catalogue and tracks such as 'Northern Sky' by Nick Drake make any album worth the money. It is good to see that, although there are repetitions from those early sampler albums there are lots of tracks that were not on those albums - highlights include tracks from Fotheringay, Jethro Tull, Mott the Hoople, Blodwyn Pig and a couple of superb Traffic tracks.
You may find yourself pushing the forward button occasionally but so many tracks for £12-99 you can't go wrong - great value
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Enough To Eat 29 Aug 2009
Format:Audio CD
Totally agree with Glenn Cook (above), especially the first two, "You can all join in" and "Nice enough to eat" (the original, not the punk compilation). A number of the tracks from these appear in this compilation but those two compilations from forty years ago, along with the "Rock machine" CBS albums, formed the foundation of our listening for a whole generation of lovers of the underground. Island - you're sitting on a goldmine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant.
A really good selection tracks.
Any prog fan should be delighted.
A very enjoyable listen.
Island records did have some great artists on their books.
Published 7 months ago by Mr. K. Maddock
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply superb - but uncommonly nice
When you reach my age all you have to look forward to is the past and this proves it was worth waiting for. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Steve Gomersall
4.0 out of 5 stars Bringing back memories
As I was growing up, my dad played a lot of music that I didn't like. One summer holiday, we set off to Cornwall and before we had travelled more than 10 minutes, my Sony Walkman... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Dougie
4.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for the memories.
A brilliant mix of tracks, though I have many on original vinyl LPs.
Why did they choose to put on the worst track from White Noise/An Electric Storm? Read more
Published 17 months ago by John Pulver
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Bought as a Xmas pressie for my hubbie. Very pleased with it. Just wish that they would bring out Bumpers too
Published 18 months ago by K. Irvine
4.0 out of 5 stars No more cat food?
I have just looked again at my version of this box-set as I saw that the current version on the web site is a 2009 reissue of the 2005 release which I have. Read more
Published on 14 Jan 2011 by Tricky Tree
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable
Nice Enough to Eat was one of my favourite albums as a teenager. And You Can All Join In. The only blemish is the failure to include a good track by Quintessence. Read more
Published on 10 Nov 2010 by French legal translator
5.0 out of 5 stars back in time
this album took me back to my misspent youth with bands i had forgotten about like heavy jelly and blodwyn pig a must for people who love d music in the late 60's
Published on 14 Sep 2010 by jc
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh
With a slew on very obscure and highly collectible British singles from the likes of The Circles, The V.I.P.'s, Wynder K. Read more
Published on 2 Sep 2010 by William T. Luther
5.0 out of 5 stars great re-edition
I had bought Island LP samplers many years ago and so was glad to see this out. It brings back great memories and the tracks have been well chosen for the most part - but then... Read more
Published on 26 Jun 2010 by A. Holliday
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