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Island Records

Related: Compass Point Studios - record label - Chris Blackwell

In the early eighties, after the supposed demise of disco, Island records released a couple of innovative dance singles with Wally Badarou, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, Grace Jones, Will Powers, Gwen Guthrie, Tom Tom Club and NYC Peech Boys. Some of this material was remixed by Larry Levan. -- [Jul 2004]

Buffalo Gals (1982)
Malcolm McLaren appropriates the title of this 1840s tune and has Trevor Horn produce a 1982 hip hop and scratch version of the famous lyrics. In the U.K. released by Charisma and in the US by Island Records.


Island Records is a record label that was founded in Jamaica in 1959 by Chris Blackwell. Its distinctive palm tree logo has been on many famous discs from Bob Marley to U2 with the label being responsible for many of the big acts of the last four decades. The label was sold to PolyGram in 1989.

Notable Artists and date of signing:

--http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Island_Records [Jul 2004]

Island in the Sun

Borrowing the name from Alec Waugh's novel, Island in the Sun, Blackwell created Island Records and released the label's first album, Lance Hayward at the Half Moon, in 1959.

Lee Perry

It was at Black Ark that Perry recorded and produced some of the early, seminal Bob Marley tracks. Using the Upsetters rhythm section of bassist Aston "Familyman" Barrett and his drummer brother Carlton Barrett, Perry guided the Wailers through some of their finest moments, recording such powerful songs as "Duppy Conqueror" and "Small Axe." The good times, however, were not long, especially after Perry, unbeknownst to Marley and company, sold the tapes to Trojan Records and pocketed the cash. Island Records head Chris Blackwell quickly moved in and signed the Wailers to an exclusive contract, leaving Perry with virtually nothing. Perry accused Blackwell (a white Englishman) of cultural imperialism and Marley of being an accomplice. To this day, Perry refers to Blackwell as a vampire, and accuses Marley of having curried favor with politicians in order to make a fast buck. --John Dougan, All Music Guide

Island Reggae 12" Discography


Island records LP Discography

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    Dream Island

    Dub disco re-releases from Island Records in Japan


    Dream White Island

    18 June 2003
    Island Records (Japan) ISCP-1014

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    1. Gwen Guthrie - It Should Have Been You (Larry Levan Mix)
    2. Was (Not Was) - Tell Me That I'm Dreaming (Souped-Up Version)
    3. The Earons - Land Of Hunger
    4. The Tom Tom Club - Wordy Rappinghood
    5. NYC Peech Boys - Come On, Come On (Don't Say Maybe) (Dub)
    6. Will Powers - Adventures In Success (Dub Copy)
    7. Art Of Noise - Moments In Love
    8. Wally Badarou - Chief Inspector (Hill Street)
    9. Grace Jones - Nipple To The Bottle
    10. Loose Joints - Tell You (Today)

    Dream Green Island

    18 June 2003
    Island Records (Japan) ISCP-1014

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    1. Grace Jones - Pull Up To The Bumper
    2. David Joseph - You Canít Hide (Your Love From Me) (Larry Levan Mix)
    3. Was (Not Was) - Wheel Me Out (Classic 12-inch Version)
    4. Holger Czukay Jah Wobble Jaki Liebezeit - How Much Are They?
    5. Wally Badarou - Mambo
    6. NYC Peech Boys - On A Journey (Dub Mix)
    7. The Slits - I Heard It Through The Grapevine
    8. Aswad - Warrior Charge
    9. New York Citi Peech Boys - Life Is Something Special (Special Edition)
    10. Grace Jones - Feel Up

    Special Mixes By Larry Levan

    18 June 2003 (original release 1983)

    Produced by Sly & Robbie, featuring Gwen Guthrie, Wally Badarou, Darryl Thompson, Harry Whitaker.

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    1. Peanut Butter (Prelude)
    2. Hopscotch
    3. Seventh Heaven
    4. Getting Hot
    5. Getting Hot (Prelude)
    6. Peanut Butter
    7. Padlock

    8. Bonus tracks
    9. Hopscotch (Larry Levan Remix Instrumental)
    10. Seventh Heaven (Album Mix)
    11. Getting Hot (Original 12" Version)
    12. Peanut Butter (Original 12" Version)
    13. Padlock (Larry Levan Short Vocal Remix)

    Solid Air (1973) - John Martyn

    Solid Air (1973) - John Martyn [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

    In 1973, Martyn was to release one of the defining British albums of the 1970s, Solid Air, the title song a tribute to the singer-songwriter, Nick Drake, who in 1974 was to die suddenly following an overdose of antidepressants. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Martyn [Jul 2004]

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