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Island are 50 yrs old this year and continuing the anniversary celebrations comes the latest in the label's excellent 3-CD box-set series of Anthology's - 'Out Come The Freaks'. According to the blurb it's Post Punk, although really it's a gathering together of the more leftfield artists Island have provided a welcome home for over the last 37 years.
Starting in 1972 with Roxy Music and rounding things off with a 2008 offering from Portishead it's a cracking ride. Although the weight is towards the late 70s and early 80s (as you'd expect from the Post Punk tag), it crosses the musical boundaries; from the early 70s Art Rock of Brian Eno, John Cale, Nico & Sparks to the beats and dabbling of Tricky, Bomb The Bass, Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy & The Orb. There's a sprinkling of British Reggae with Steel Pulse & Aswaad (well it's Island Records after all); the synths of Ultravox and FGTH; and the pop of Kid Creole and Was (Not Was). There's the genius ego's that are Grace Jones, Julian Cope & Morrissey; those on the fringe - The Slits, Alan Vega & Material; and the bubbling giants to be - U2 & Pulp.
What other label would be as diverse in their roster (bar perhaps Stiff?); giving a release to the political leanings of Malcolm X's 'No Sell Out', the art of Propaganda, the joyous wailings of the B-52's, and the vastly under-appreciated rapping of Tom Tom Club. They re-juvinated Marianne Faithfull and gave MTV their opening anthem - Buggles' 'Video Killed... (But I forgive Island for this - they could not see the number of the beast!). Their release of the all-time classic by The Rods - 'Do Anything You Wanna Do' redeems them and stands as the labels perfect 'mission statement'...a thing of pure beauty. And of course the label did just that - any doubts check out Derek & Clive (aka Peter Cook & Dudley Moore's outrageous alter-egos).
Buy this collection. Forget the genre labelling, just enjoy the breadth of great music and thank Island Records for 50 brilliant years. Here's to another 50!Island Records Post Punk Box Set - Out Come The Freaks [Explicit]