The Bottom Line:
Promo to announce 25 years of Island.
"Promo sampler not for re-sale"
Virgin sold a numbered limited edition through their own channels, though.
This promo and the eponymous second one prelude to a big release to celebrate Island's 25th anniversary in 1987. The seven LP box Island Life (IBX 25) did not materialise until April 1988, however. John Martyn is represented on this item with three tracks: Traffic-Light Lady (side five); You Can Discover (live) on side eight - probably the Rainbow Theatre version; and Certain Surprise (side nine).
John's albums were also rereleased this year in a budget version with an Island Life logo on the cover.
MP 1 A-1U-1-1-1 and MP 1 B-1U-1-0-x1.
|01||Bob Marley||No Woman, No Cry||[V. Ford]|
|02||John Martyn||Certain Surprise||(J. Martyn)|
|03||Traffic||The Low Spark Of High-heeled Boys||(Winwood/ Capaldi)|
|04||Mott the Hoople||Rock & Roll Queen||(Ralphs)|
|05||Cat Stevens||Moon Shadow||(Cat Stevens)|
|06||Nick Drake||Time Has Told Me||(Nick Drake)|
|07||Grace Jones||Private Life||(Chr. Hynde)|
|08||Free||All Right Now||[Fraser/ Rogers]|
|09||Tom Waits||16 Shells From A Thirty-ought Six||[T. Waits]|
|10||Fairport Convention||Matty Groves||[Trad. arr. Fairport]|
|11||Marianne Faithfull||Broken English||[B. Reynolds/ M. Faithfull/ Mavety/ York/ Stannard]|
|12||Jimmy Cliff||The Harder They Come||(Jimmy Cliff)|