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Tracklist

(Vinyl)
A1   Right As Rain      
A2   Street Walker      
A3   Let The Night Fall      
A4   Ain't That A Lot Of Love      
A5   Christmas Must Be Tonight      
B1   Islands      
B2   The Saga Of Pepote Rouge      
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Review


It's been a long haul for both the Band and Van Morrison; they have made their livings as rock & rollers for close to 20 years now. To judge solely by their new albums (Morrison's is his first release since 1974) time is catching up with them, though whether they will again outdistance it remains an open question. Morrison made better music in '64 and '65 with Them, the first (and last?) great Irish rock & roll band; as the Hawks, the Band made better music in '63, covering Bobby Bland and Muddy Waters tunes at the tail end of a Ronnie Hawkins session.… Read More

Not that rock & roll has ever had anything to do with "progress."

There is a lot of neo-R&B huffing and puffing on A Period of Transition (from what to what?), but Morrison's performances rarely find a focus, almost never hit a groove. The grand gestures of Morrison's style at its most rhetorical ("We are Them, take it or leave it," he snarled during his 1964 sessions) fade in the air. The emotion that would justify those gestures, that would put a little terror into borrowed lines like "From a whisper to a scream," is just out of reach: Transition is "Jackie Wilson Said" without the bite.

The key to the album's sluggishness is the dullness of the horn charts. Van is the most inventive and lyrical arranger of horns rock & roll has known since the heyday of Stax-Volt, but "Flamingos Fly" is the only tune to which the horns add anything but sound; there, they add wit and a sense of fun. This is "Jackie Wilson Said" and something more; the album's finest number by a long distance. The groove is irresistible, and it capsizes the rest of the album.

Van Morrison once sang "Listen to the Lion" and made you feel as if you'd been cornered by one; he will do it again, but he doesn't do it on Transition. This is by no means a bad album, but it lives up to its title all too well.

"I'm not really here, I just stick around for my friends," Captain Beefheart used to say, and that sums up what I hear on Islands—which is not nothing. To be sure, there's not a grand gesture on it. I can't imagine this album meaning anything to someone who does not feel that his or her successes and failures are somehow reflected in the Band's. If one does feel that, Islands is anything but hollow—it may sound like an unassuming last word, if hardly a last stand.

Since the members of the Band have not moved to Hawaii, it's the album's title, and the specter of the Band's recent farewell concert, that implies that last word. Rick Danko and Levon Helm have signed solo recording contracts, and Helm is already working with Dr. John and Paul Butterfield; the thinness of the material on Islands suggests they may be keeping their best songs for their own albums, and the inclusion of a couple of oldies doesn't make up the difference. "Ain't That a Lotta Love," a barband staple that a couple of years ago on a San Francisco stage Levon, Garth Hudson, Dank


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BAND - Islands + 2   BAND   Islands + 2
En, Emi, 0724352539222, 18/05/2001
  CD   VERY GOOD Markuee Ltd
Italy
$3.40     Details
BAND - Islands   BAND   Islands
1990 Capitol Cd Version Of The 1977 10 Track Lp, Promo Cutout, Used Like New Usa
  CD   Jack Wolak's
United States
$4.12     Details
  BAND   Islands
  CD   Action
United Kingdom
$6.90     Details
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2001 Capitol Usa
  CD   / APEXCD
United States
$8.89     Details
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0724352539222 cd Quantity In Set: 1 Condition: New/ 0724352539222 Title: Islands Special Order
  CD   CDExpress
Netherlands
$11.21     Details
  Band   Islands
Europe, Capitol Records, 5253922, 2001
  CD   NEW Mantis Music
United States
$12.98     Details
  band   Islands = Remastered = + 2
5253922 cd The Liner Notes For Robbie Robertson's Version Of The Band's Swan Song Makes The Case... Special Order
  CD   CDExpress
Netherlands
$13.73     Details
  band   Islands + 2
492024 cd/ New Copy/ =remastered 1977 Album + 2 Bonus Tracks= Holland Barcode: 0724352539222 Tit... Special Order
  CD   CDExpress
Netherlands
$13.73     Details
Islands + 2 - BAND   BAND   Islands + 2
=remastered 1977 Album + 2 Bonus Tracks= Holland, Emi, 5253922, 2001 Special Order
  CD   NEW CD Euroxpres
United States
$16.28     Details
  BAND   Islands + 2 : Remastered
2001 Digitally Remastered Reissue Of 1977 Enhanced With 2 Bonus Tracks. Last Copy In Stock Nld, 4...
  CD   Red Eye
Australia
$16.78     Details
  Band   Islands + 2
Items Ships In 3-5 Working Days. 492024
  CD   NEW the Leftover
Netherlands
$20.76     Details
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724352539222
  CD   NEW / NEW CD-Maxi-Sing
Netherlands
$21.35     Details
  Band   Islands + 2
Items Ships In 3-5 Working Days. 492024 Special Order
  CD   NEW Discorder
Netherlands
$21.70     Details
  Band   Islands (1977)
  CD   EX Fun Records
Germany
$21.81     Details
  Band   Islands (1977/2001; 2 Bonus Tracks)
  CD   EX Fun Records
Germany
$24.25     Details
BAND - Islands Album   BAND   Islands
Brand New, In-stock Cd. Ships Fast And Secure. Add To Cart With Confidence! Umgd, 2126594, 5/8/20
  CD   NEW NORTHATLANTI
United States
$25.84     Details
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Uk
  CD   EX/EX Vinylshop Re
United Kingdom
$29.00     Details
  band   Islands, 1977
72435253922 new Copy/ Cdx1 Islands Barcode: 72435253922 Label: Capitol Special Order
  CD   CDExpress
Netherlands
$37.67     Details
  BAND   Islands
  CD   EX/EX F-seventies
France
$43.08     Details
  BAND   Islands -jap Card-
Jap-imp. Limited Papersleeve Edition, Remastered Japan, Toshiba, 2008 Special Order
  CD   NEW CD Euroxpres
United States
$46.63     Details
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Jap Promo Mini Lp Card Slv Remaster Cd, 2 Bonus Trks, Obi Sealed Tocp67399
  CD   SEALED/SEALED Tokyo Music
Japan
$52.32     Details
  Band   Islands -jap Card-
Items Ships In 3-5 Working Days. 355046
  CD   NEW Leftovers!
Netherlands
$105.29     Details
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Items Ships In 3-5 Working Days. 355046 Special Order
  CD   NEW Discorder
Netherlands
$110.07     Details
  Band.   Islands (bonus Tracks (rmst))
Brand New From A Seller With A High Star Rating 05/08/2001
  CD   BRAND NEW EverCheap
United States
$8.81     Details
  BAND.   Islands (bonus Tracks (rmst))
May 8, 2001
  CD   NEW GrooveNet
United States
$9.98     Details
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Brand New, In-stock Cd. Ships Fast And Secure. Add To Cart With Confidence! Cap, Cap25392.2, 5/8/...
  CD   NEW NORTHATLANTI
United States
$25.87     Details
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Capitol, 11602, 1977
  LP   G+ GoJohnnyGo
United States
$4.39     Details
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D orange Label / Slight Wear Ring Capitol So-11602, 1976
  LP   M- Krohn's Boul
United States
$5.40     Details
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Usa, Cap, S9-11602
  LP   M-/M- COLLECTIBLE
United States
$5.50     Details
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Canada Sw-11602 Capitol Record Wear To Cover
  LP   VG/VG+ MightyVinyl
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$5.50     Details
  Band   Islands LP   VG+/VG+ Timewarp
Australia
$6.00 - $9.00      Details
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Ring Wear On Cover/ Writing On Cover/ Sticker Stain On Label/ Us, Capitol, So11602, 77
  LP   VG+/VG+ Timewarp
Australia
$6.00     Details
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Ring Wear On Cover/ Writing On Cover/ Sticker On Cover/ Au, Capitol, St11602, 77
  LP   VG+/M- Timewarp
Australia
$9.00     Details
  Band   Islands LP   VG/NM Bananas Musi
United States
$7.00 - $19.00      Details
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Sr s Cap, 11602
  LP   VG/NM Bananas Musi
United States
$7.00     Details
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Uk Imp s Emi, 11602
  LP   NM/NM Bananas Musi
United States
$19.00     Details
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'77 Record Vinyl (used) This Vinyl Record Comes In Its Original Factory Jacket.the Jacket And Th...
  LP   VG+ SquareDealOn
United States
$8.03     Details
BAND - Islands (lp Uk)   BAND   Islands (lp Uk)
10 Track But Has Ringwear And Scuff Marks On Sleeve (est11602) Uk, Capitol, Est11602, 1977
  LP   VG+/EX Vinyl Tap
United Kingdom
$8.61     Details
BAND - Islands Record   BAND   Islands
Format:lp/obi Jpn, Capitol, Ecs80780
  LP   EX JET SET RECO
Japan
$8.71     Details
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Capitol511602 Capitol
  LP   VG+ Weird Harold
United States
$9.50     Details
Band - Islands LP   Band   Islands
Capitol, So11602
  LP   LP:NM,CVR:VG+ Recordsonthe
United States
$9.95     Details
Band - Islands CD   Band   Islands
Small Split On Spine Canada, Capitol Records, Sw11602, 1977
  LP   NM / VG+ Recordworld
Canada
$9.99     Details
Band - Islands Single   Band   Islands
Usa, Capitol, So11602, 1977
  LP   NEAR MINT Jack's Vinyl
United States
$10.00     Details
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Original 1977 Capitol 11602
  LP   M-/VG++ Backtrack Re
United States
$10.00     Details
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Capitol - E-st 11602 Uk
  LP   EX/EX RIVERSIDE
United Kingdom
$10.99     Details
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Capitol Records, So-11602
  LP   MINT (M)/MINT (M) Jim and Toms
United States
$11.88     Details
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Usa Capitol, Sp-1-6736777, 77
  LP   NM Haggle Vinyl
United Kingdom
$11.18     Details
  Band   Islands LP   VG/VG Acousticsoup
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$13.42 - $25.16      Details
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E St 11602 Capitol
  LP   VG/VG Acousticsoup
United Kingdom
$13.42     Details
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E St 11602 Capitol
  LP   EX/EX Acousticsoup
United Kingdom
$25.16     Details
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So 11602 - U.s Capitol
  LP   EX/EX Acousticsoup
United Kingdom
$25.16     Details
  band   Islands - Swedish Press
Capitol, 7c 062-85114, Sweden, Ex+/ex Sweden, Capitol
  LP   VG+/VG+ vakuum
Denmark
$14.27     Details
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- Nz, Capitol, So11602
  LP   EX/EX Moonhop
New Zealand
$15.00     Details
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Uk Or As Shown, Capitol, Est 11602
  LP   EX/EX Rock Revelat
United Kingdom
$15.98     Details
  BAND   Islands LP   VinylUK / Be
United Kingdom
$16.20 - $26.33      Details
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Emi Records Ltd.
  LP   VinylUK / Be
United Kingdom
$16.20     Details
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Capitol Recs., 1977, E St 11602, Ex/nm, Ps.
  LP   VinylUK / Be
United Kingdom
$26.33     Details
  band   Islands LP   CDExpress
Netherlands
$16.25 - $54.04      Details
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D-11368 lp Capitol So-11602 1976 M- Orange Label / Slight Wear Ring Special Order
  LP   CDExpress
Netherlands
$16.25     Details
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E551163 lp Used, Condition Record/sleeve: Fair/ Capitol 5c 062-85100 Netherlands Lp Title: Islan... Special Order
  LP   CDExpress
Netherlands
$16.25     Details
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Capitol year:77 - D/label:capitol Special Order
  LP   CDExpress
Netherlands
$54.04     Details
Band - Islands EP   Band   Islands LP   VG+/EX/ TOSCA
United States
$16.80 - $70.80      Details
Band - Islands EP   Band   Islands
Cover Has A Hint Of Ring Wear Starting To Form, Lp Has Minor Scuffs, Almost Mint- Usa, Capitol, S...
  LP   VG+/EX/ TOSCA
United States
$16.80     Details
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1977 Uk Original; Cover With Light Ring/shelf Wear, Little More Wear Along The Bottom Seam, Lp Is...
  LP   VG+/EX+/ TOSCA
United States
$27.60     Details
  Band   Islands
Cover Has A Hint Of Ring Wear Starting To Form, Lp Is Mint- Usa, Capitol, So-11602, 1977
  LP   EX-/M-/ TOSCA
United States
$55.20     Details
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Still Sealed Record With No Cuts Or Holes, No Barcode Either Usa, Capitol, So-11602, 1977
  LP   SS/SS/ TOSCA
United States
$70.80     Details
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