Island Life | Media Sampler

1 Jul 1986
Island Records
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.

Track Listing:

nr artist track author(s) time provenance
A1 Bob Marley No Woman, No Cry [V. Ford] 4:03 Live At The Lyceum
Island ILPM 9376
A2 John Martyn Certain Surprise (J. Martyn) 3:51 One World
Island ILPM 9492
A3 Traffic The Low Spark Of High-heeled Boys (Winwood/ Capaldi) 5:45 The Low Spark Of High-heeled Boys
Island ILPM 9180
A4 Mott the Hoople Rock & Roll Queen (Ralphs) 5:06 Rock & Roll Queen
Island ILPM 9215
A5 Cat Stevens Moon Shadow (Cat Stevens) 2:48 Teaser & The Firecat
Island ILPM 9154
A6 Nick Drake Time Has Told Me (Nick Drake) 4:25 Heaven In A Wild Flower
Island ILPM 9826
B1 Grace Jones Private Life (Chr. Hynde) 5:08 Warm Leatherette
Island ILPM 9592
B2 Free All Right Now [Fraser/ Rogers] 4:12 Fire & Water
Island ILPM 9120
B3 Tom Waits 16 Shells From A Thirty-ought Six [T. Waits] 4:29 Swordfishtrombones
Island ILPM 9762
B4 Fairport Convention Matty Groves [Trad. arr. Fairport] 5:09 Liege & Lief
Island ILPM 9115
B5 Marianne Faithfull Broken English [B. Reynolds/ M. Faithfull/ Mavety/ York/ Stannard] 2:59 Broken English
Island ILPM 9570
B6 Jimmy Cliff The Harder They Come (Jimmy Cliff) 3:05 The Harder They Come
Island ILPM 9202

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.

Mold numbers:
MP 1 A-1U-1-1-1 and C-D SOUND CLINIC
MP 1 B-1U-1-0-x1

Related to: 
Vinyl: Island MP1