Sparks ‎– The Island Years

Island Records ‎– 0602547359117, Universal Music ‎– 0602547359117
3 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Stereo, 180g
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 180g, Gatefold
Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Stereo, 180g
Box Set, Compilation


Kimono My House
A1 This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us
A2 Amateur Hour
A3 Falling In Love With Myself Again
A4 Here In Heaven
A5 Thank God It’s Not Christmas
B1 Hasta Mañana, Monsieur
B2 Talent Is An Asset
B3 Complaints
B4 In My Family
B5 Equator
A1 Propaganda
A2 At Home At Work At Play
A3 Reinforcements
A4 B.C
A5 Thanks But No Thanks
A6 Don't Leave Me Alone With Her
B1 Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth
B2 Something For The Girl With Everything
B3 Achoo
B4 Who Don't Like Kids
B5 Bon Voyage
A1 Hospitality On Parade
A2 Happy Hunting Ground
A3 Without Using Hands
A4 Get In The Swing
A5 Under The Table With Her
A6 How You Getting Home?
B1 Pineapple
B2 T*ts
B3 It Ain't 1918
B4 The Lady Is Lingering
B5 In The Future
B6 Looks, Looks, Looks
B7 Miss The Start, Miss The End
Big Beat
A1 Big Boy
A2 I Want To Be Like Everybody Else
A3 Nothing To Do
A4 I Bought The Mississippi River
A5 Fill-er-Up
A6 Everybody's Stupid
B1 Throw Her Away (And Get A New One)
B2 Confusion
B3 Screwed Up
B4 White Women
B5 I Like Girls
The Rest Of Sparks
A1 Lost And Found
A2 Barbecutie
A3 Alambamy Right
A4 Marry Me
A5 Profile
A6 The Wedding of Jacqueline Kennedy to Russell Mael
B1 I Want To Hold Your Hand
B2 England
B3 Gone With The Wind
B4 Intrusion/Confusion
B5 Looks Aren't Everything
B6 Tearing The Place Apart

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The first 100 customers to pre-order ‘The Island Years’ with the Official Sparks Store will receive a signed art print of the iconic ‘Big Beat’ sleeve.

Sparks: The Island Years, a collection of the band’s four Island Records studio albums from 1974-1976 along with a newly-created adaptation of the 1979 compilation, The Best Of Sparks, punningly retitled The Rest Of Sparks.

Includes download card.

The heavyweight vinyl box set includes Kimono My House, Propaganda, Indiscreet (Gatefold Sleeve) and Big Beat and a fifth LP, The Rest Of Sparks, that rounds up all of the band’s Island B-sides from the period, most of which have never previously been available on vinyl album, while the tracks ‘Looks Aren’t Everything’ and ‘Intrusion/Confusion’ are making their debut on vinyl.

Barcode und andere Identifikationsmerkmale

  • Barcode: 6 02547 35911 7
  • Label Code: 00407
  • Matrix / Runout (Kimono My House - Side A): 4735903 BF98776-01 A1 AM 31
  • Matrix / Runout (Kimono My House - Side B): 4735903 BF98776-01 B2 JP 31
  • Matrix / Runout (Propaganda - Side A): 4735903 BF98779-01 A1 AM
  • Matrix / Runout (Propaganda - Side B): 4735903 BF98779-01 B1 AM |/\
  • Matrix / Runout (Indiscreet - Side A): 4735906 BF98782-01 A1 JP
  • Matrix / Runout (Indiscreet - Side B): 4735906 BF98782-01 B1 JP
  • Matrix / Runout (Big Beat - Side A): 4735909 BF98784-01 A1 JP =/\
  • Matrix / Runout (Big Beat - Side B): 4735909 BF98784-01 A1 JP
  • Matrix / Runout (The Rest Of Sparks - Side A): 4735910 BF98786-01 B1 JP
  • Matrix / Runout (The Rest Of Sparks - Side B): 4735910 BF98786-01 B1 JP


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8. Oktober 2018
Good quality box set. The records sound good. My only problem is with the “The Rest of Sparks” compilation: the band’s name is misspelled on the spine.


28. März 2016
A very nice set indeed. Thick, glossy sleeves, strong inner sleeves and very clean, thick vinyl. The only complaint is that the Big Beat and Rest Of Sparks sleeves are terribly reproduced. Universal are known for dispensing with all of their original artwork so their represses use scans of original LP sleeves. Kimono, Propaganda and Indiscreet all look really good but Big Beat has a blemish from the original scanned sleeve in the upper left and is dull and hazy overall, and the Rest Of Sparks has terrible color and contrast. The cost is high but I waited until I could find the set for $75 total. The outer box is very thick and glossy, and it fits the LPs very nicely. The download card allows access to MP3s of all songs, though I would have much preferred a lossless download option. In general, a very nice set for completists and collectors.