Strangely Strange - But Oddly Normal - An Island Anthology Box set
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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!
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.
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.
You may find yourself pushing the forward button occasionally but so many tracks for £12-99 you can't go wrong - great value
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent compilation of early 70's "progressive" music. I own all four compilation albums that Island released in the late 60's/early 70's so there are quite a few... Read morePublished 11 months ago by David Speakman
Not as complete as Nice enough to eat, some classics missing..Free woman, 21st Century Schizoid man, Time has told me Nick Drake, Jetho Tull to name a few. Read morePublished 14 months ago by 70s
A worthwhile collection of the classic years of Island Rock music. Great to see the previously-underrated CLOUDS with two outstanding tracks and a glowing bio - about time Island... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Alex
For anyone who was trawling the Blues Clubs scene of the UK in those transient days from R&B to Psychodelia / Flower Power and somewhat Heavy bands; then this compilation is a... Read morePublished 19 months ago by DJ Mike-Norway.
The 'Island Record Label' - enough to put a Weightwatchers smile on the face of even the most overweight Fiftysomething. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mark Barry
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.
When you reach my age all you have to look forward to is the past and this proves it was worth waiting for. Read morePublished on 27 Aug. 2013 by Steve Gomersall