Island Life: 50 Years Of Island Records Box set
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To coincide with the 50th anniversary of Island Records, UMTV releases a 3CD set of classic Island hits plus a number of unique cover versions from current Island Artists. Founded by the legendary Chris Blackwell, Island has been long renowned as the most musically influential record label and has been consistently successful over the years. One of their earliest hits "My Boy Lollipop" by Millie is included, as well as a host more hits and cover versions, including an exclusive version of "Monkey Man" by Amy Winehouse. The album is sure to appeal to Island Records aficionados as well as all music fans.
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Some reviewers have given low marks for content but I think that is a little unfair; for around a tenner you actually get three CDs of excellent music, presented in an attractive slipcase and a small booklet of track details and sleeve illustrations. For those people lucky enough to have caught the BBC TV documentary "Keep on Running", shown on BBC4 as part of the channels tribute to Islands 50th anniversary, the tracks chosen for this collection will make perfect sense. Each track and each act has been important at a certain point in the labels history - from the first hit with Millie to the major seller Cat Stevens to superstars U2 and up-to-date with Sugarbabes and The Fratellis. Each act, each track chosen, is there for a reason.
There are other Island collections available which cater for more specific areas of the labels output, and one of those may suit your individual taste better - but please don't dismiss this one just because it doesn't have you favourite track or artist! This is an excellent collection with two discs covering a huge range of musical styles and eras, and a third disc of fun for collectors and lovers of the unusual. At the price Island are almost giving it to you - buy it and join in with the labels celebration!
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