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 will lead Island Records and will 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
... Jansen & Kowalski Action(CD, Maxi) Island Records, Universal ... Germany 2004 Sell This Version
0P9940 The Killers Day & Age(CD, Album) Island Records, Island Records 0P9940 South Korea 2008 Sell This Version
0001 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 0358 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 Anthrax Got The Time(7", Promo) Island Records, Megaforce Records (1A) 0365 Spain 1990 Sell This Version
1A 0373 Bob Marley & The Wailers Talkin' Blues(7", Promo) Island Records, Island Records, Tuff Gong 1A 0373 Spain 1991 Sell This Version
1A 108823 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Watching The Wildlife (Single) 1A 108823 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
1A 108922 U2 With Or Without You (Single) 1A 108922 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
1A 109105 Act Snobbery & Decay (Single) 1A 109105 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
1A 109152 U2 I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (Single) 1A 109152 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
1A 109382 U2 Where The Streets Have No Name(7", Single) Island Records 1A 109382 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
1A 109415 The Christians When The Fingers Point(7", Single) Island Records 1A 109415 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
1A 109594 The Christians Ideal World (Remix)(7", Single) Island Records 1A 109594 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
1A 109653 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 Melissa Etheridge Similar Features(7", Single) Island Records 1A 109991 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
1A 109999 Aswad Give A Little Love / Gimme The Dub(7", Single) Island Records, Island Records 1A 109999 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
1A 111542 Womack & Womack Teardrops(7") Island Records 1A 111542 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
1A 111 670 U2 Desire(7", Single) Island Records, Island Records 1A 111 670 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
1A 111758 The Christians Harvest For The World (7", Single) Island Records 1A 111758 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
1A 111909 Anthrax Antisocial(7", Single, Promo) Island Records 1A 111909 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
1A 111909 Anthrax State Of Euphoria(7", Single, Promo) Island Records 1A 111909 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
1A 111920 U2 Angel Of Harlem (Single) 1A 111920 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
1A 112193 Tone Loc On Fire And Funky Cold Medina(7", Single) Island Records 1A 112193 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
1A 112471 Womack & Womack MPB (Missin' Persons Bureau)(7", Single) Island Records 1A 112471 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
1A 112 477 Young MC Bust A Move(7", Single) Island Records, Delicious Vinyl 1A 112 477 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
1A 112606 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 Melissa Etheridge The Angels(7") Island Records 1A 112845 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
1A 112846 Young MC Principal's Office(7") Island Records, Delicious Vinyl 1A 112846 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
1A 113091 The Christians I Found Out(7", Single) Island Records 1A 113091 Spain 1990 Sell This Version
1A 113157 Jevetta Steele Calling You(7") Island Records 1A 113157 Spain 1990 Sell This Version
1A 114042 21 Japonesas Corazón(7", Single) Island Records 1A 114042 Spain 1990 Sell This Version
1A 114400 Bob Marley & The Wailers One Love / People Get Ready(7", Single, RE) Island Records 1A 114400 Spain 1991 Sell This Version
1A 114619 PM Dawn* Set Adrift On Memory Bliss(7", Single) Island Records 1A 114619 Spain 1991 Sell This Version
1A 114728 U2 The Fly(7", Single) Island Records 1A 114728 Spain 1991 Sell This Version
1A 115164 U2 One(7", Single) Island Records 1A 115164 Spain 1992 Sell This Version
1A 109 0174 Sebastian Santa Maria Keep On Singing(7") Island Records 1A 109 0174 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
1R1 6255 Traffic When The Eagle Flies(Reel, 4tr Stereo, 7" Reel, Album) Island Records 1R1 6255 US 1974 Sell This Version
1S 409 Anthrax Anti-Social(7", Single) Island Records, Megaforce Worldwide 1S 409 UK 1989 Sell This Version
002 Laurel Aitken Boogie In My Bones / Little Sheila(7") R & B Records (3), Island Records 002 Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
0002 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
2C 066-98867 The Damned Damned Damned Damned(LP, Album) Stiff Records 2C 066-98867 France 1977 Sell This Version
2ISL-11 Bob Marley & The Wailers Babylon By Bus (Album) 2ISL-11 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
2J 006 97485 Cat Stevens Banapple Gas(7", Single) Island Records 2J 006 97485 Greece 1976 Sell This Version
2J 006 98236 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 Eddie And The Hot Rods Wooly Bully(7", Single) Island Records, Island Records 2J 006 98277 Greece 1976 Sell This Version
2J 062-97467 Uriah Heep The Best Of... (Comp) 2J 062-97467 Greece 1975 Sell This Version
2J062-97759 Spooky Tooth The Best Of Spooky Tooth(LP, Comp) Island Records 2J062-97759 Greece 1975 Sell This Version
2J 062-97812 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 King Crimson USA(LP, Album) Island Records, Island Records 2J 062-98098 Greece 1975 Sell This Version
2J 062-98115 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 Automatic Man(LP, Album) Island Records 2J 062-98510 Greece 1976 Sell This Version
2J 064-97352 Uriah Heep Return To Fantasy(LP, Album, Gat) Island Records 2J 064-97352 Greece 1975 Sell This Version
2J 064-97466 Osibisa Welcome Home(LP, Album, Gat) Island Records 2J 064-97466 Greece 1975 Sell This Version
2J 064-98114 Uriah Heep High And Mighty(LP, Album) Island Records 2J 064-98114 Greece 1976 Sell This Version
2J064-98509 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 Cat Stevens Numbers(LP, Album) Island Records, Island Records 2J 066-97811 Greece 1976 Sell This Version
2j 162 - 98511/12 King Crimson King Crimson ‎– The Young Persons' Guide To King Crimson (2xLP, Comp) Island Records 2j 162 - 98511/12 Greece 1976 Sell This Version
2LA-833 U2 Rattle And Hum(2xLP, Album, 2 I) Island Records 2LA-833 Mexico 1988 Sell This Version
2T 6650 003 Traffic On The Road(2xLP, Album) Island Records 2T 6650 003 UK 1973 Sell This Version
2W5-3288 PiL* Second Edition (Cass, Album, Dol) Island Records 2W5-3288 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
2WX 3288 Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition (Album) 2WX 3288 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
3A 11542 Womack & Womack Teardrops(12") Island Records 3A 11542 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
3A 608823 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Watching The Wildlife (Hotter) (Maxi) 3A 608823 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
3A 608922 U2 With Or Without You(12", Promo) Island Records, Island Records 3A 608922 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
3A 609009 Sly & Robbie Boops (Here To Go)(12") Island Records 3A 609009 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
3A 609105 Act Snobbery & Decay (Maxi) 3A 609105 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
3A 609152 U2 I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (Maxi) 3A 609152 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
3A 609174 Sébastian Santa Maria* Keep On Singing (Sigue Cantando) (Maxi) 3A 609174 Mexico 1987 Sell This Version
3A 609178 The Christians Hooverville (And They Promised Us The World)(12") Island Records 3A 609178 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
3A 609382 U2 Where The Streets Have No Name(12") Island Records 3A 609382 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
3A 609415 The Christians When The Fingers Point(12", Maxi) Island Records 3A 609415 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
3A 609472 Eric B. & Rakim Paid In Full(12") Island Records 3A 609472 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
3A 609594 The Christians Ideal World (Extended Remix Version)(12", Maxi) Island Records 3A 609594 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
3A 609653 Robert Palmer Sweet Lies(12") Island Records 3A 609653 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
3A 609725 Aswad Don't Turn Around(12", Maxi) Island Records 3A 609725 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
3A 609798 The Christians Born Again (Remix) 3A 609798 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
3A 609999 Aswad Give A Little Love (12") Island Records 3A 609999 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
3A 611015 Mica Paris My One Temptation(12") Island Records 3A 611015 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
3A 611542 Womack & Womack Teardrops(12", Maxi) Island Records, 4th & Broadway 3A 611542 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
3A 611 670 U2 Desire(12", Maxi) Island Records 3A 611 670 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
3A 612 008 Tone Loc Wild Thing(12") Island Records 3A 612 008 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
3A 612 471 Womack & Womack MPB (Missin' Persons Bureau)(12", Maxi) Island Records 3A 612 471 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
3A 612477 Young MC Bust A Move(12", Maxi) Island Records 3A 612477 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
3A 612 546 Bandera Cruisin' Down Collins(12", Maxi) Island Records 3A 612 546 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
3A 612 619 Dino (2) I Like It(12", Maxi) Island Records 3A 612 619 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
3A 613157 Jevetta Steele Calling You(12", Maxi) Island Records, Island Records 3A 613157 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
3A 614400 Bob Marley & The Wailers One Love / People Get Ready(12") Island Records 3A 614400 Spain 1991 Sell This Version
3A 614401 PM Dawn* A Watcher's Point Of View(12", Maxi) Island Records 3A 614401 Spain 1991 Sell This Version
3A 614619 P.M. Dawn Set Adrift On Memory Bliss(12", Maxi) Island Records, Island Records 3A 614619 Spain 1991 Sell This Version
3A 615127 U2 Mysterious Ways(12") Island Records 3A 615127 Spain 1991 Sell This Version
3A 615164 U2 One(12", Single) Island Records 3A 615164 Spain 1992 Sell This Version
3A 74321108851 U2 Even Better Than The Real Thing(12", Single) Island Records 3A 74321108851 Spain 1992 Sell This Version
3D CID 1001 White Noise An Electric Storm (Album) 3D CID 1001 UK & Europe 1992 Sell This Version
3D CID 1002 Nirvana (2) Travelling On A Cloud (Comp) 3D CID 1002 UK 1992 Sell This Version
3FREAKS 12 DJ Shadow 3 Freaks(12", Promo) Island Records 3FREAKS 12 UK 2006 Sell This Version
3G-M-BD0246 The Killers Live From The Royal Albert Hall(Blu-ray, Unofficial) Island Records 3G-M-BD0246 US 2009 Sell This Version
3LWCD1 Frankmusik 3 Little Words(CD, Single, Promo) Island Records 3LWCD1 UK 2008 Sell This Version

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ik1mdf

ik1mdf

September 13, 2015
In my collection I have ORIZZONTE ISLAND AMAZING BLONDEL - ENGLAND. sleeve:ORL 8630 - label:ORL 8630 - matrix: ORL 8630. Thanks I am still on CIP and I cannot put any new release into database. Please help
ultimathulerecords

ultimathulerecords

April 1, 2015
UK Island LP label timeline
Pink 1: Oct 1967 to July 1969
Pink 2: Aug 1969 to Dec 1969
Pink 3: Jan 1970 to Nov 1970
Pink rim (palmtree/sunray): Dec 1970 to Nov 1975
blue rim (palmtree/sunset): Dec 1975 to Mid 1977
blue (night & day): Mid 1977 to ?
etc.
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