Island Records

Island Records

Profile:
Island Records (often using a logo that omits "Records") was named for Island In The Sun (a novel, film, and Harry Belafonte calypso hit), and was founded in Jamaica in 1959 by Chris Blackwell and Graeme Goodall. In May 1962, Blackwell relocated the label to the UK in order to market music by Jamaican artists to immigrant communities in London and Birmingham. In 1967, however, Island shifted its focus to relatively edgy rock music, and most of its Jamaican acts were moved to the spinoff label Trojan Records. Island resumed its support of reggae artists with the signing of The Wailers in 1972.

For several years, Island licensed American rights to its material to a variety of labels, most frequently A&M and Atlantic. In 1971, Island first gained its own US label identity through a distribution deal with Capitol. In 1973, Island's American division switched to independent distribution. US headquarters, formerly based in Los Angeles, were relocated to New York City in November 1977. In 1979, US Island began a series of manufacturing and distribution partnerships with major labels, first with Warner Bros. Records Inc., and then with Atlantic Records in late 1981. Similar relationships were forged with Philips [for the world except the US, UK and Australasia up to June 1971], Ariola [Europe from June 1971 except France], Festival [Australasia], Dacapo, and WEA for distribution in various other countries.

Blackwell sold Island to PolyGram in 1989, but remained chairman of Island Entertainment Group until 1997. Since 1999, the Island label has been under the control of the Island Def Jam Music Group in the US and Universal Island Records Ltd. in the UK. In Germany, the brand is part of Polydor Island Group, which formed from the short-lived Island Mercury Labelgroup. In Japan, the brand is used domestically by Universal Sigma. In November 2013, Barry Weiss stepped down as Chairman/CEO of both Island and Def Jam. On the first day of April 2014, Universal Music dissolved The Island Def Jam Music Group. Now re-positioned Island Records, Def Jam Recordings and Motown separately as all three solo labels. David Massey would lead Island Records and expand the label's A&R and support operations.

Labelcode: LC 0407 / LC 00407

An early UK label history can be found in 'Images')
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Contact Info:
UMG Headquarters of N.Y.C.
1755 Broadway, Floor #29,
New York, NY 10019

UMG Headquarters of Santa Monica
2220 Colorado Avenue, Floor #5,
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Sites:
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Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
... Action  album cover Jansen & Kowalski Action(CD, Maxi) Island Records, Universal ... Germany 2004 Sell This Version
---- The Complete Early Years 1980-1987  album cover U2 The Complete Early Years 1980-1987(6xCD, Album + Box, Album, Comp) Island Records, Island Masters ---- Netherlands 2002 Sell This Version
0000 Live In Milwaukee  album cover American Hi-Fi Live In Milwaukee(File, MP3, Album) Island Records 0000 USA & Canada 2005
0P9940 Day & Age  album cover The Killers Day & Age(CD, Album) Island Records, Island Records 0P9940 South Korea 2008 Sell This Version
0001 Lucky Man / Look At Yourself  album cover Emerson, Lake & Palmer / Uriah Heep Emerson, Lake & Palmer / Uriah Heep - Lucky Man / Look At Yourself(7", Single, Promo) Island Records 0001 Spain 1970 Sell This Version
1A 0357 Mustapha  album cover Los Carayos Mustapha(7", Promo) Island Records, BMG Ariola España 1A 0357 Spain 1990 Sell This Version
1A 0358 Despierta  album cover 21 Japonesas Despierta(7", Single, Promo) Island Records 1A 0358 Spain 1990 Sell This Version
1A 0363 21 Japonesas Cerca Del Aire(7", Single, Promo) Island Records 1A 0363 Spain 1990 Sell This Version
(1A) 0365 Got The Time  album cover Anthrax Got The Time(7", Single, Promo) Island Records, Megaforce Records (1A) 0365 Spain 1990 Sell This Version
1A 0373 Talkin' Blues  album cover Bob Marley & The Wailers Talkin' Blues(7", Promo) Island Records, Island Records, Tuff Gong 1A 0373 Spain 1991 Sell This Version
1A 108823 Watching The Wildlife  album cover Frankie Goes To Hollywood Watching The Wildlife (Single) 1A 108823 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
1A 108922 With Or Without You  album cover U2 With Or Without You (Single) 1A 108922 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
1A 109105 Snobbery & Decay  album cover Act Snobbery & Decay (Single) 1A 109105 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
1A 109152 I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For  album cover U2 I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (Single) 1A 109152 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
1A 109382 Where The Streets Have No Name  album cover U2 Where The Streets Have No Name(7", Single) Island Records, Island Records 1A 109382 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
1A 109415 When The Fingers Point  album cover The Christians When The Fingers Point(7", Single) Island Records 1A 109415 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
1A 109653 Sweet Lies  album cover Robert Palmer Sweet Lies(7", Single) Island Records 1A 109653 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
1A 109725 Aswad Don't Turn Around (Single) 1A 109725 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
1A 109991 Similar Features  album cover Melissa Etheridge Similar Features(7", Single) Island Records 1A 109991 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
1A 109999 Give A Little Love / Gimme The Dub  album cover Aswad Give A Little Love / Gimme The Dub(7", Single) Island Records, Island Records 1A 109999 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
1A 111542 Teardrops  album cover Womack & Womack Teardrops(7") Island Records 1A 111542 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
1A 111 670 Desire  album cover U2 Desire (Single) 1A 111 670 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
1A 111758 Harvest For The World   album cover The Christians Harvest For The World (7", Single) Island Records 1A 111758 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
1A 111909 State Of Euphoria  album cover Anthrax State Of Euphoria (Single) 1A 111909 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
1A 111920 Angel Of Harlem  album cover U2 Angel Of Harlem (Single) 1A 111920 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
1A 112193 On Fire / Funky Cold Medina  album cover Tone Loc On Fire / Funky Cold Medina(7", Single) Island Records 1A 112193 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
1A 112471 MPB (Missin' Persons Bureau)  album cover Womack & Womack MPB (Missin' Persons Bureau)(7", Single) Island Records 1A 112471 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
1A 112 477 Bust A Move  album cover Young MC Bust A Move(7", Single) Island Records, Delicious Vinyl 1A 112 477 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
1A 112606 Take It From Me  album cover Roger Christian (2) Take It From Me(7", Single) Island Records 1A 112606 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
1A 112665 Melissa Etheridge No Souvenirs(7", Single) Island Records 1A 112665 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
1A 112845 The Angels  album cover Melissa Etheridge The Angels(7") Island Records 1A 112845 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
1A 112846 Principal's Office  album cover Young MC Principal's Office(7") Island Records, Delicious Vinyl 1A 112846 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
1A 113091 I Found Out  album cover The Christians I Found Out(7", Single) Island Records 1A 113091 Spain 1990 Sell This Version
1A 113157 Calling You  album cover Jevetta Steele Calling You(7") Island Records 1A 113157 Spain 1990 Sell This Version
1A 114042 Corazón  album cover 21 Japonesas Corazón(7", Single) Island Records 1A 114042 Spain 1990 Sell This Version
1A 114400 One Love / People Get Ready  album cover Bob Marley & The Wailers One Love / People Get Ready(7", Single, RE) Island Records 1A 114400 Spain 1991 Sell This Version
1A 114619 Set Adrift On Memory Bliss  album cover PM Dawn* Set Adrift On Memory Bliss(7", Single) Island Records 1A 114619 Spain 1991 Sell This Version
1A 114728 The Fly  album cover U2 The Fly(7", Single) Island Records 1A 114728 Spain 1991 Sell This Version
1A 115164 One  album cover U2 One(7", Single) Island Records 1A 115164 Spain 1992 Sell This Version
1A 109 0174 Keep On Singing  album cover Sebastian Santa Maria Keep On Singing(7", Single) Island Records 1A 109 0174 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
1R1 6255 When The Eagle Flies  album cover Traffic When The Eagle Flies(Reel, 4tr Stereo, 7" Reel, Album) Island Records 1R1 6255 US 1974 Sell This Version
1S 409 Anti-Social  album cover Anthrax Anti-Social(7", Single) Island Records, Island Records, Megaforce Worldwide 1S 409 UK 1989 Sell This Version
002 Boogie In My Bones / Little Sheila  album cover Laurel Aitken Boogie In My Bones / Little Sheila(7", Single) R & B Records (3), Island Records 002 Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
0002 Moonshadow / Call Me Diamond  album cover Cat Stevens / Mike Heron (2) Cat Stevens / Mike Heron (2) - Moonshadow / Call Me Diamond(7", Single, Promo) Island Records 0002 Spain Unknown Sell This Version
002 Tanzen Bewegen Darstellen  album cover Sportpädagogik Tanzen Bewegen Darstellen(LP, Album) Friedrich Verlag 002 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
2C 066-98867 Damned Damned Damned  album cover The Damned Damned Damned Damned(LP, Album) Stiff Records 2C 066-98867 France 1977 Sell This Version
2C 068-97812 Go  album cover Stomu Yamashta* / Steve Winwood / Michael Shrieve Stomu Yamashta* / Steve Winwood / Michael Shrieve - Go(LP, Album) EMI, Island Records, EMI, Island Records 2C 068-97812 France 1976 Sell This Version
2C 068-98870 Mirage  album cover Klaus Schulze Mirage(LP, Album, Gat) EMI, Island Records 2C 068-98870 France 1977 Sell This Version
2ISL-11 Babylon By Bus  album cover Bob Marley & The Wailers Babylon By Bus (Album) 2ISL-11 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
2J 006 97485 Banapple Gas  album cover Cat Stevens Banapple Gas(7", Single) Island Records 2J 006 97485 Greece 1976 Sell This Version
2J 006 98236 Gimme Some Lovin' / Gimme Some Lovin 1976  album cover The Spencer Davis Group Gimme Some Lovin' / Gimme Some Lovin 1976(7", Single) Island Records 2J 006 98236 Greece 1976 Sell This Version
2J 006 98277 Wooly Bully  album cover Eddie And The Hot Rods Wooly Bully(7", Single) Island Records, Island Records 2J 006 98277 Greece 1976 Sell This Version
2J 062-97467 The Best Of...  album cover Uriah Heep The Best Of... (Comp) 2J 062-97467 Greece 1975 Sell This Version
2J062-97759 The Best Of Spooky Tooth  album cover Spooky Tooth The Best Of Spooky Tooth(LP, Comp) Island Records 2J062-97759 Greece 1975 Sell This Version
2J 062-97812 Go  album cover Stomu Yamashta* - Steve Winwood - Michael Shrieve Stomu Yamashta* - Steve Winwood - Michael Shrieve - Go(LP, Album) Island Records 2J 062-97812 Greece 1976 Sell This Version
2J 062-98098 USA  album cover King Crimson USA (Album) 2J 062-98098 Greece 1975 Sell This Version
2J 062-98115 Rastaman Vibration  album cover Bob Marley & The Wailers Rastaman Vibration(LP, Album) Island Records, Island Records 2J 062-98115 Greece 1976 Sell This Version
2J 062-98510 Automatic Man  album cover Automatic Man Automatic Man(LP, Album) Island Records 2J 062-98510 Greece 1976 Sell This Version
2J 064-97352 Return To Fantasy  album cover Uriah Heep Return To Fantasy(LP, Album, Gat) Island Records 2J 064-97352 Greece 1975 Sell This Version
2J 064-97466 Welcome Home  album cover Osibisa Welcome Home(LP, Album, Gat) Island Records 2J 064-97466 Greece 1975 Sell This Version
2J 064-98114 High And Mighty  album cover Uriah Heep High And Mighty (Album) 2J 064-98114 Greece 1976 Sell This Version
2J064-98509 Viva ! Roxy Music - The Live Roxy Music Album  album cover Roxy Music Viva ! Roxy Music - The Live Roxy Music Album(LP, Album, Gat) Island Records, Island Records 2J064-98509 Greece 1976 Sell This Version
2J 066-97811 Numbers  album cover Cat Stevens Numbers(LP, Album) Island Records, Island Records 2J 066-97811 Greece 1976 Sell This Version
2j 162 - 98511/12 King Crimson ‎– The Young Persons' Guide To King Crimson   album cover King Crimson King Crimson ‎– The Young Persons' Guide To King Crimson (Comp) 2j 162 - 98511/12 Greece 1976 Sell This Version
2LA-833 Rattle And Hum  album cover U2 Rattle And Hum(2xLP, Album, 2 I) Island Records 2LA-833 Mexico 1988 Sell This Version
2MCR 25019 Rattle And Hum  album cover U2 Rattle And Hum(2xCass, Album) Island Records 2MCR 25019 Mexico 1989 Sell This Version
2W5-3288 Second Edition   album cover PiL* Second Edition (Cass, Album, Dol) Island Records 2W5-3288 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
2WX 3288 Second Edition  album cover Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition (Album) 2WX 3288 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
3A 11542 Teardrops  album cover Womack & Womack Teardrops(12") Island Records 3A 11542 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
3A 608823 Watching The Wildlife (Hotter)  album cover Frankie Goes To Hollywood Watching The Wildlife (Hotter) (Maxi) 3A 608823 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
3A608 880 The Christians Forgotten Town(12", Maxi, Promo) Island Records 3A608 880 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
3A 608922 With Or Without You  album cover U2 With Or Without You 3A 608922 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
3A 609009 Boops (Here To Go)  album cover Sly & Robbie Boops (Here To Go)(12") Island Records 3A 609009 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
3A 609105 Snobbery & Decay  album cover Act Snobbery & Decay (Maxi) 3A 609105 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
3A 609152 I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For  album cover U2 I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (Maxi) 3A 609152 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
3A 609174 Keep On Singing = Sigue Cantando  album cover Sébastian Santa Maria* Keep On Singing = Sigue Cantando (Maxi) 3A 609174 Mexico 1987 Sell This Version
3A 609178 Hooverville (And They Promised Us The World)  album cover The Christians Hooverville (And They Promised Us The World)(12") Island Records 3A 609178 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
3A 609382 Where The Streets Have No Name  album cover U2 Where The Streets Have No Name(12") Island Records 3A 609382 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
3A 609415 When The Fingers Point  album cover The Christians When The Fingers Point(12", Maxi) Island Records 3A 609415 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
3A 609472 Paid In Full  album cover Eric B. & Rakim Paid In Full(12") Island Records 3A 609472 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
3A 609594 Ideal World (Extended Remix Version)  album cover The Christians Ideal World (Extended Remix Version)(12", Maxi) Island Records 3A 609594 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
3A 609653 Sweet Lies  album cover Robert Palmer Sweet Lies(12") Island Records 3A 609653 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
3A 609725 Don't Turn Around  album cover Aswad Don't Turn Around(12", Maxi) Island Records 3A 609725 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
3A 609798 Born Again (Remix)  album cover The Christians Born Again (Remix) 3A 609798 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
3A 609999 Give A Little Love   album cover Aswad Give A Little Love (12") Island Records 3A 609999 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
3A 611015 My One Temptation  album cover Mica Paris My One Temptation(12") Island Records 3A 611015 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
3A 611542 Teardrops  album cover Womack & Womack Teardrops(12", Maxi) Island Records, 4th & Broadway 3A 611542 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
3A 611 670 Desire  album cover U2 Desire(12", Maxi) Island Records 3A 611 670 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
3A 612 008 Wild Thing  album cover Tone Loc Wild Thing(12") Island Records 3A 612 008 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
3A 612 471 MPB (Missin' Persons Bureau)  album cover Womack & Womack MPB (Missin' Persons Bureau)(12", Maxi) Island Records 3A 612 471 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
3A 612477 Bust A Move  album cover Young MC Bust A Move(12", Maxi) Island Records 3A 612477 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
3A 612 546 Cruisin' Down Collins  album cover Bandera Cruisin' Down Collins(12", Maxi) Island Records 3A 612 546 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
3A 612 619 I Like It  album cover Dino (2) I Like It(12", Maxi) Island Records 3A 612 619 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
3A 612847 The Cristians Words(12", Maxi) Island Records 3A 612847 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
3A 613157 Calling You  album cover Jevetta Steele Calling You(12", Maxi) Island Records, Island Records 3A 613157 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
3A 614400 One Love / People Get Ready  album cover Bob Marley & The Wailers One Love / People Get Ready(12") Island Records 3A 614400 Spain 1991 Sell This Version
3A 614401 A Watcher's Point Of View  album cover PM Dawn* A Watcher's Point Of View(12", Maxi) Island Records 3A 614401 Spain 1991 Sell This Version
3A 614619 Set Adrift On Memory Bliss  album cover P.M. Dawn Set Adrift On Memory Bliss(12", Maxi) Island Records, Island Records 3A 614619 Spain 1991 Sell This Version
3A 615127 Mysterious Ways  album cover U2 Mysterious Ways(12") Island Records 3A 615127 Spain 1991 Sell This Version
3A 615164 One  album cover U2 One(12", Single) Island Records 3A 615164 Spain 1992 Sell This Version

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ultimathulerecords

ultimathulerecords

April 1, 2015
edited 5 months ago
UK Island LP label timeline

Pink 1: Oct 1967 to July 1969 example
Pink 2: Aug 1969 to Dec 1969 example
Pink 3: Jan 1970 to Nov 1970 example
Pink Rim (palm tree/sunray): Dec 1970 to Nov 1975 example
original pink rim labels: ℗ 197# only under ILPS number
later pink rim labels:
℗ 197# Island Records Ltd. under ILPS number
Blue Rim (palm tree/sunset): Dec 1975 to Mid 1977 example
Blue (night & day): Mid 1977 to ? example
etc.

Black HELP label: example

Inner sleeves...
Most of the Pink Rim label issues came in light blue Island poly-paper sleeves on first pressings.
Some came in black poly-paper sleeves (including most Black HELP label releases).

# = additional number, i.e. 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5
John_Dunbar

John_Dunbar

November 6, 2014
Island 88 548 XCT = Dave Mason - Pop Chronik 15, 2 LP.Set, gatefold, 1970, incl. 4 pages sheet inside, D