Tag Archives: Island Records

BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS-1973 1978: CATCH A FIRE TO KAYA

Bob Marley and The Wailers-1983-1978: Catch A Fire To Kaya. Nine month after Bob Marley and The Wailers released their critically acclaimed classic album Exodus in June 1977, they returned on the ‘23rd’ of March 1978 with their much-anticipated tenth album Kaya. It was a very different album to Exodus, and was one of Bob Marley …

Continue reading

MIKE HARRISON-FROM THE V.I.P.s TO HIS SOLO YEARS.

Mike Harrison-From The V.I.P.s  To His Solo Years. For Carlisle born Mike Harrison, the period between 1963 and 1975, proved the most  prolific of a six decade career. During that period, Mike Harrison was the lead singer of  The V.I.P.s and Art. They would later become known as Spooky Tooth, who signed to Island Records in 1968. Three years later,  and with the …

Continue reading

BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS-KAYA.

Bob Marley and The Wailers-Kaya. Label: UMC. Nine month after Bob Marley and The Wailers released their critically acclaimed classic album Exodus in June 1977, they returned on the ‘23rd’ of March 1978 with their much-anticipated tenth album Kaya. It was a very different album to Exodus, and was one of Bob Marley and The …

Continue reading

SANDY DENNY-LIKE AN OLD FASHIONED WALTZ-RECORD STORE DAY 2018 EDITION.

Sandy Denny-Like An Old Fashioned Waltz-Record Store Day 2018 Edition. Label: Island Records. Sandy Denny left Fairport Convention in December 1969, and in early 1970, decided to form a new band. The new band became Fotheringay, who released their eponymous debut album in June 1970. Critics hailed Fotheringay a masterful debut, and the album sold …

Continue reading

FREE-VINYL REISSUES 1969-1973.

Free-Vinyl Reissues 1969-1973. Label: UMC. It’s not often that someone get the opportunity to witness history being made. Those that happened to be in the Nag’s Head pub, in Battersea, London on 19 April 1968 saw history being made. They watched as four young men took to the stage for the first time. What some …

Continue reading

MIKE HARRISON-FROM THE V.I.P.s TO THE SOLO YEARS: 1963-1975.

MIKE HARRISON-FROM THE V.I.P.s  TO THE SOLO YEARS: 1963-1975. For Carlisle born Mike Harrison, the period between 1963 and 1975, proved the most  prolific of a six decade career. During that period, Mike Harrison was the lead singer of  The V.I.P.s and Art. They would later become known as Spooky Tooth, who signed to Island Records in 1968. Three years later,  and with …

Continue reading

JOHN MARTYN-GRACE AND DANGER-VINYL EDITION.

JOHN MARTYN-GRACE AND DANGER-VINYL EDITION. With the vinyl revival  in full flow, some of the biggest names in music are taking the opportunity to reissue their albums exclusively on vinyl. This includes one of Glasgow’s most talented sons, John Martyn. Two of his finest albums, including his classic One World and the hugely personal Grace and Danger were reissued on vinyl on …

Continue reading

JOHN MARTYN-A LIFE IN MUSIC REMEMBERED.

JOHN MARTYN-A LIFE IN MUSIC REMEMBERED. It’s hard to believe that it’s seven years since John Martyn passed away on 29th January 2009. Incredibly, John Martyn was only sixty years old. He seemed to have been around forever. John Martyn’s life revolved around music. His career began in 1967, when he was just seventeen. Back …

Continue reading

JADE WARRIOR-FLOATING WORLD.

JADE WARRIOR-FLOATING WORLD. All too often, musical innovators don’t get the credit they deserve. That was the case with Jade Warrior. Their fourth studio album, Floating World was released in 1974, and pioneered both ambient and world music. Floating World was the most ambitious album of Jade Warrior’s career. However, Floating World which was recently …

Continue reading

BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS-CATCH A FIRE.

BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS-CATCH A FIRE. Forty years ago, Bob Marley and The Wailers released the album that launched their career, Catch A Fire which will be rereleased by Commercial Marketing on vinyl on 25th September 2015. Catch A Fire was certified in the UK and was the start of a career where critical acclaim and commercial success were …

Continue reading

BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS-KAYA-VINYL EDITION.

BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS-KAYA-VINYL EDITION. Back in 1978, when Bob Marley and The Wailers released Kaya, critics and fans accused Bob Marley of selling out. Kaya was a much more laid-back album, whereas previous albums had been politically charged and crammed full of social comment. Previously, Bob Marley was seen as Jamaica’s social conscience. …

Continue reading

JOHN MARTYN-THE BEST OF THE ISLAND YEARS.

JOHN MARTYN-THE BEST OF THE ISLAND YEARS. Last year, Commercial Marketing released The Island Years, an eighteen disc box set celebrating the twenty years John Martyn spent at Island Records. This included the seventeen albums John Martyn released between 1967 and 1987. As if that wasn’t enough, The Island Years included previously unreleased mixes, out-takes, …

Continue reading

PORTISHEAD-DUMMY.

PORTISHEAD-DUMMY. Over the years, I’ve often written about many groups groups who were innovators within their chosen genre. This includes King Tubby, Kraftwerk, The Orb and Primal Scream. Each of theses groups have produced albums that have been influential in various ways. King Tubby pioneered dub reggae. Krafwerk were one of this first groups to use …

Continue reading

BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS-CATCH A FIRE.

BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS-CATCH A FIRE. Forty years ago, Bob Marley and The Wailers released the album that launched their career, Catch A Fire which was recently rereleased by Island on vinyl. Catch A Fire was certified in the UK and was the start of a career where critical acclaim and commercial success were ever-present. It also introduced the world to …

Continue reading

BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS-KAYA-DELUXE EDITION.

BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS-KAYA-DELUXE EDITION. Back in 1978, when Bob Marley and The Wailers released Kaya, critics and fans accused Bob Marley of selling out. Kaya was a much more laid-back album, whereas previous albums had been politically charged and crammed full of social comment. Previously, Bob Marley was seen as Jamaica’s social conscience. …

Continue reading

BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS-CATCH A FIRE.

BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS-CATCH A FIRE. If you ask most people to name just one reggae singer, most people will say Bob Marley. Back in the 1970s’, he was hugely influential in increasing the popularity of reggae music. It was the release of Exodus, an album I’ve previously written about, that gave Bob Marley …

Continue reading