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Strangely Strange - But Oddly Normal - An Island Anthology Box set

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  • Audio CD (19 Oct. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B000A6OB4A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,184 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Supernatural Fairy Tales - Art
  2. Paper Sun - Traffic
  3. Harpsichord Shuffle - Wynder K. Frog
  4. Rainbow Chaser - Nirvana
  5. Pearly Queen - Tramline
  6. Sunshine Help Me - Spooky Tooth
  7. Dusty - Martyn, John
  8. Meet On The Ledge - Fairport Convention
  9. Song For Jeffrey - Jethro Tull
  10. Carpenter - Clouds
  11. I Keep Singing That Same Song - Heavy Jelly
  12. Black Mass - White Noise
  13. Over The Green Hills - Free
  14. Worry - Free
  15. Giants - Quintessence
  16. Queen Of Scots - Amazing Blondel
  17. Feelin' Alright - Traffic
  18. Sing Me A Song That I Know So Well - Blodwyn Pig
  19. Sailors Life - Fairport Convention

Disc: 2

  1. New Day Yesterday - Jethro Tull
  2. No Time To Live - Traffic
  3. Three Hours - Drake, Nick
  4. Lost In My Dream - Spooky Tooth
  5. Stormbringer - John & Beverley Martyn
  6. Strangely Strange But Oddly Normal - Dr. Strangely Strange
  7. Notting Hill Gate - Quintessence
  8. Banks Of the Nile - Fotheringay
  9. Wild World - Cat Stevens
  10. Painted Chariot - Incredible String Band
  11. Cat Food - King Crimson
  12. Groon - King Crimson
  13. Northstar Grassman And The Ravens - Sandy Denny
  14. Suite In C - McDonald & Giles
  15. Siege Of Yaddlethorpe - Amazing Blondel

Disc: 3

  1. Knife Edge - Emerson Lake & Palmer
  2. Thunderbuck Ram - Mott The Hoople
  3. Northern Sky - Nick Drake
  4. Thru The Night - Alan Bown
  5. Dark Dance - Robin Williamson,
  6. I Am The Walrus - Spooky Tooth
  7. Glistening Glyndebourne - John Martyn
  8. Fire And Water - Free
  9. See My Way - Blodwyn Pig
  10. See The World (Through My Eyes) - Vinegar Joe
  11. Peace Train - Cat Stevens
  12. Watercolour Days - Clouds
  13. Low Spark Of The High Heeled Boys - Traffic
  14. Song For Suzie - Heads Hands & Feet

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By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Aug. 2009
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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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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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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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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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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