The Vinyl Series Volume 3 : Island Records (Vinyl)
Release Date : October 29th 2021
Since its beginnings in Jamaica in 1959, the story of the pioneering Island Records label has been inextricably linked to the story of its founder, Chris Blackwell. Now, Blackwell has curated a series of compilation LPs featuring his hand-picked tracks that correspond with his and Island’s legendary history. On October 29, Island Records / UMC will release the third volume of The Vinyl Series, an 18-track double LP compiling some of the label’s key releases of the late 1960s and early ’70s. Volume One included pivotal songs from 1962 to 1969, and Volume Two, released over the summer, covered the years 1969 to 1973. Taken together, the sets explore the wide-ranging highlights from Island’s remarkable and extensive catalog. This volume of The Vinyl Series includes material which remained rooted in the folk and acoustic-based styles that were crucial to Island’s foundation. That side of the label’s history is represented by Nick Drake’s “Way to Blue” (from his first album, Five Leaves Left) and “Late November” by Sandy Denny, which first appeared on a 1971 label sampler. But it was Cat Stevens who was identified most commonly with Island in the U.K.—he “continued to be Island’s biggest seller,” notes Blackwell—and this album contains his 1971 global smash “Morning Has Broken,” an adaptation of a Christian hymn.