Islands ‎– Return To The Sea

Equator Records (2) ‎– EQR0001
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, White

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A1 Swans (Life After Death)
Bass – Patrice AgbokouBass [Outro] – Tim Kingsbury*Drums – J'aimeGuitar – Dan BoecknerGuitar [Outro] – Jim GuthriePiano, Synth – Spencer KrugVocals, Guitar – Nick Diamonds
A2 Humans
Accordion, Piano – Regine Chassagne*Bass Clarinet – Frank LozanoCello – Becky Foon*Charango – Mauricio LobosDouble Bass [Upright Bass] – Richard Reed ParryDrums – J'aimeFrench Horn – Pietro AmatoViolin – Sarah NeufeldVocals, Clavinet – Nick Diamonds
B1 Rough Gem
Bass – Patrice AgbokouDrums, Percussion – J'aimeVocals, Guitar – Nick Diamonds
B2 Don't Call Me Whitney, Bobby
Bass – Patrice AgbokouDrums, Percussion – J'aimeVocals, Guitar – Nick Diamonds
B3 Tsuxiit
Cello – Becky Foon*Double Bass – R. Reed Parry*Drums – J'aimeOrgan, Synthesizer – Nick DiamondsPiano – Regine Chassagne*Violin – Sarah Neufeld
C1 Where There's A Will There's A Whalebone
Backing Vocals – R. Reed Parry*Bass – Steve McDonald*Drums – J'aimeGuitar – Dan BoecknerPerformer [Marching Band] – D. Boeckner*, J'aime, J. Guthrie*, R. Reed Parry*, Will Butler*Vocals – Busdriver, SubtitleVocals, Synth – Nick Diamonds
C2 Jogging Gorgeous Summer
Bass – Patrice AgbokouCuica – Kaveh Nabatien*Drum Machine, Percussion – J'aimeSteel Drums, Recorder – Regine Chassagne*Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Organ [Hammond Organ] – Nick Diamonds
C3 Volcanoes
Bass Clarinet – Frank LozanoCello – Becky Foon*Fiddle [Steak Fiddle] – Richard Parry*Lap Steel Guitar – Michael FeuerstackPercussion [Box], Drums, Washboard, Percussion [Kitchen] – J'aimeViolin – Sarah NeufeldVocals, Guitar – Nick Diamonds
D1 If
Bass Clarinet – Frank LozanoDouble Bass [Upright Bass] – R. Reed Parry*Drums – J'aimeTrumpet – Kaveh Nabatien*Vocals, Electric Piano [Wurlitzer] – Nick Diamonds
D2 Ones
Contrabass – R. Reed Parry*Drums – J'aimeFrench Horn – Pietro AmatoVocals, Guitar – Nick Diamonds
D3 (Untitled)

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Limited to 500 copies.

Gatefold sleeve.

© & ℗ 2006 Equator Records
Printed in Canada.

All songs © Islands (Swann/Blue Apples, BMI/SOCAN)

All words by Nick Diamonds (Swann), except "Where There's a Will..." words by N. Diamonds (Swann), Giovanni Marks (Western Strike ASCAP), Regan Farquhar (Reganomics, ASCAP).

Recorded July 2005 at Breakglass, & J'aime's apartment, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Mastered at the Exchange, London England.

Cover painting "Sea of Ice" by Caspar David Friedrich, 1824 (licensed from the Hamburg Kunsthulle).

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 875918000110
  • Matrix / Runout: EQR0001-A MASTRDISK [N with a line through it]
  • Matrix / Runout: EQR0001-B MASTRDISK [N with a line through it]
  • Matrix / Runout: EQR0001-C MASTRDISK [N with a line through it]
  • Matrix / Runout: EQR0001-D MASTRDISK [N with a line through it]
  • Rights Society: BMI/SOCAN
  • Rights Society: ASCAP

Other Versions (5 of 7) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
RTRADCD297 Islands Return To The Sea(CD, Album) Rough Trade RTRADCD297 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
URA178 Islands Return To The Sea(CD, Album) Spunk URA178 Australia 2006 Sell This Version
12592 Islands Return To The Sea(CD, Album) Rough Trade, Trama 12592 Brazil 2006 Sell This Version
MQ-007 Islands Return To The Sea(CD, Album) Manqué Music MQ-007 2016 Sell This Version
MQ-007 Islands Return To The Sea(2x12", Album, RE, RM, 180) Manqué Music MQ-007 USA & Canada 2016 Sell This Version


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September 25, 2016
One of my favorites from back in the day, luckily found a copy at my local shop for $14. Had no idea it was a limited press. I will second what the previous person said about the quality though, both discs look mint but have a light warp and "Swans" especially has VERY sibilant vocals. Still, very happy to own a copy, absolutely love the album


August 13, 2016
This album turned 10 years old this year...was hoping they'd do a reissue by now but one can still hope.


March 31, 2016

Diamonds and crew at their absolute best and most whimsical. While 2013 to present Islands are more accessible sounding indie-pop this is their "swan" song. Their epic. Their most prolific and unique. Probably one of my favorite and most brilliant records I have. I'm partial of course.


August 8, 2015

This is one of my favorite records of all time. I don't think there's a bad song on the record. I'm not sure how this band (or the Unicorns for that matter) never made it big. Such great song writing and creativity from these guys! After having the mp3 for years, I'm happy to have one of the 500 vinyl copies!


May 29, 2015
edited over 3 years ago
I just realized I have one of the 500 copies on white... didn't realize it was that limited. If I'm being honest I think this is probably the worst sounding record that I own. I think it's probably a bad pressing... very sibilant.... swanssssss... swansssssss I like the actual music so much but every time I put this on it just makes me angry.

Edit: I think it's just the recording that's sibilant.


December 6, 2012
anybody know how many copies were put out?