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Islands

 

    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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CD
  Artist   Title   Format   Condition   Seller Price    
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 + 2   BAND   Islands + 2
En, Emi, 0724352539222, 18/05/2001
  CD   VERY GOOD Markuee Ltd
Italy
  $6.22     Details
  Band   Islands
Capitol 7 93591 2 Remastered Eu, 1990
  CD   VG+/VG+ Bluesite
Germany
  $7.60     Details
  Band   Islands
2001 Capitol Usa
  CD   / APEXCD
United States
  $8.89     Details
  BAND   Islands
  CD   Action
United Kingdom
  $9.71     Details
  BAND   Islands (bonus Tracks (rmst))
May 8, 2001
  CD   NEW GrooveNet
United States
  $9.98     Details
  band   Islands = Remastered = + 2
5253922 new Cd/capitol 5253922 6 5 2001 The Liner Notes For Robbie Robertson's Version Of The Ba... Special Order
  CD   CDExpress
Netherlands
  $15.06     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
  $19.82     Details
  BAND   Islands
Brand New, In-stock Cd. Ships Fast And Secure. Add To Cart With Confidence! Usa, Umgd/capitol, 25...
  CD   NEW NORTHATLANTI
United States
  $22.93     Details
  Band   Islands + 2
Items Ships In 3-5 Working Days. 492024
  CD   NEW Discorder
Netherlands
  $23.80     Details
  Band   Islands (1977/2001; 2 Bonus Tracks)
  CD   EX Fun Records
Germany
  $26.59     Details
  band   Islands (bonus Tracks (rmst))
724352539222 cd - Islands (bonus Tracks) (rmst) Special Order
  CD   CDExpress
Netherlands
  $27.49     Details
  Band   Islands
Uk
  CD   EX/EX Vinylshop Re
United Kingdom
  $29.00     Details
  Band   Islands
Sealed Promo Japan
  CD   NEW ROBERTS
Japan
  $39.04     Details
  band   Islands, 1977
72435253922 cd Cdx1 Islands Barcode: 72435253922 Label: Capitol Special Order
  CD   CDExpress
Netherlands
  $41.30     Details
  Band   Islands
Sealed Promo Japan
  CD   NEW JAPAN CDs
Japan
  $41.98     Details
  BAND   Islands
  CD   EX/EX F-seventies
France
  $43.08     Details
  Band   Islands
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-   Band   Islands -jap Card-
Items Ships In 3-5 Working Days. 355046
  CD   NEW Discorder
Netherlands
  $88.93     Details

LP

  Artist   Title   Format   Condition   Seller Price    
  Band   Islands
Capitol, 11602, 1977
  LP   G+ GoJohnnyGo
United States
  $3.99     Details
  Band   Islands
D orange Label / Slight Wear Ring Capitol So-11602, 1976
  LP   M- Krohn's Boul
United States
  $5.40     Details
  BAND   Islands
Usa, Cap, S9-11602
  LP   M-/M- COLLECTIBLE
United States
  $5.50     Details
  Band   Islands - Canada
Canada Sw-11602 Capitol Record Wear To Cover
  LP   VG/VG+ MightyVinyl
United States
  $5.50     Details
  Band   Islands LP   VG+/VG+ Timewarp
Australia
  $6.00 - $9.00      Details
  Band   Islands
* Ring Wear On Cover/ Writing On Cover/ Sticker Stain On Label Us, Capitol, So11602, 77
  LP   VG+/VG+ Timewarp
Australia
  $6.00     Details
  Band   Islands
* 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+ Mad Music
United States
  $6.99 - $9.99      Details
  Band   Islands
Sn-16007. Sleeve Is Vg (hole Punch In Upper Right Corner) / Vinyl Is Vg. We Ship Within 24 Hour...
  LP   VG+ Mad Music
United States
  $6.99     Details
  Band   Islands
So11602. Sleeve: Vg-, Vinyl: Vg-. We Ship Within 24 Hours (6 Days A Week).
  LP   VG+ Mad Music
United States
  $9.99     Details
  Band   Islands LP   VG/NM Bananas Musi
United States
  $7.00 - $19.00      Details
  Band   Islands
Sr s Cap, 11602
  LP   VG/NM Bananas Musi
United States
  $7.00     Details
  Band   Islands
Uk Imp s Emi, 11602
  LP   NM/NM Bananas Musi
United States
  $19.00     Details
  band   Islands
Very Good+/clean Vinyl/edge/ring/coverwe ar/fast Shipping With Tracking # Usa, Capitol, So-11602, ...
  LP   V/G+ pepechango
United States
  $7.11     Details
  Band   Islands
'77 Record Vinyl (used) This Vinyl Record Comes In Its Original Factory Jacket.the Jacket And T...
  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, 1977
  LP   VG+/EX Vinyl Tap
United Kingdom
  $8.80     Details
Islands - Band   Band   Islands
Capitol, So11602
  LP   LP:NM,CVR:VG+ Recordsonthe
United States
  $8.95     Details
BAND - Islands Album   BAND   Islands
Format:lp/obi Jpn, Capitol, Ecs80780
  LP   EX JET SET
Japan
  $9.28     Details
  Band   Islands
Uk Original 10 Track Album On Orange Label Uk, Capitol, E-st 11602, 1977
  LP   VG/EX COACH HOUSE 
United Kingdom
  $10.07     Details
  BAND   Islands
Capitol511602 Capitol
  LP   VG+ Weird Harold
United States
  $9.50     Details
BAND - Islands Record   BAND   Islands
Uk Issue Of Their 1977 Lp On Capitol. Sticker Marl On The Side 1 Label. Capitol, E-st 11602
  LP   EX / VG Vinyl Exchan
United Kingdom
  $10.07     Details
Band - Islands LP   Band   Islands
Small Split On Spine Canada, Capitol Records, Sw-11602
  LP   VG+ / NM Recordworld
Canada
  $9.99     Details
Band - Islands CD   Band   Islands
Usa, Capitol, So11602, 1977
  LP   NEAR MINT Jack's Vinyl
United States
  $10.00     Details
  Band   Islands
Original 1977 Capitol 11602
  LP   M-/VG++ Backtrack Re
United States
  $10.00     Details
  Band   Islands
  LP   NM- Record-Groov
Canada
  $10.74     Details
  BAND   Islands
Capitol - E-st 11602 Uk
  LP   EX/EX RIVERSIDE
United Kingdom
  $10.99     Details
  Band   Islands LP   VG/VG Acousticsoup
United Kingdom
  $14.10 - $26.45      Details
  Band   Islands
E St 11602 Capitol
  LP   VG/VG Acousticsoup
United Kingdom
  $14.10     Details
  Band   Islands
E St 11602 Capitol
  LP   EX/EX Acousticsoup
United Kingdom
  $26.45     Details
  Band   Islands
So 11602 - U.s Capitol
  LP   EX/EX Acousticsoup
United Kingdom
  $26.45     Details
  band   Islands - Swedish Press
Capitol, 7c 062-85114, Sweden, Ex+/ex Sweden, Capitol
  LP   VG+/VG+ vakuum recor
Denmark
  $15.65     Details
  Band   Islands
- Nz, Capitol, So11602
  LP   EX/EX Moonhop
New Zealand
  $15.00     Details
  Band   Islands
Nice Uk Copy. Uk, Capitol, Est11602, 1977
  LP   EX/EX Vinyl-Record
United Kingdom
  $16.77     Details
  band   Islands
Usa Capitol, Sp-1-6736777, 77
  LP   NM Haggle Vinyl
United Kingdom
  $16.79     Details
  BAND   Islands
Capitol Uk Or As Shown, (est 11602)
  LP   EX/EX Rock Revelat
United Kingdom
  $16.79     Details
  BAND   Islands LP   VinylUK / Be
United Kingdom
  $17.03 - $27.67      Details
  BAND   Islands
Emi Records Ltd.
  LP   VinylUK / Be
United Kingdom
  $17.03     Details
  BAND   Islands
Capitol Recs., 1977, E St 11602, Ex/nm, Ps.
  LP   VinylUK / Be
United Kingdom
  $27.67     Details
Band - Islands Single   Band   Islands LP   VG+/EX/ TOSCA-Record
United States
  $16.80 - $70.80      Details
Band - Islands Single   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-Record
United States
  $16.80     Details
  Band   Islands
1977 Uk Original; Cover With Light Ring/shelf Wear, Little More Wear Along The Bottom Seam, Lp Is...
  LP   VG+/EX+/ TOSCA-Record
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-Record
United States
  $55.20     Details
  Band   Islands
Still Sealed Record With No Cuts Or Holes, No Barcode Either Usa, Capitol, So-11602, 1977
  LP   SS/SS/ TOSCA-Record
United States
  $70.80     Details
  BAND   Islands (u.s.)
Capitol Sn-16007
  LP   EX/M DUANE HOBDEN
United Kingdom
  $17.63     Details
  BAND   Islands
Capitol E St 11602
  LP   VG/EX Retro Vinyl 
United Kingdom
  $18.47     Details
  band   Islands LP   CDExpress
Netherlands
  $17.82 - $27.49      Details
  band   Islands
E551163 lp Used, Condition Record/sleeve: Fair/ Capitol 5c 062-85100 Netherlands Lp Title: Islan... Special Order
  LP   CDExpress
Netherlands
  $17.82     Details
  band   Islands
D-11368 lp Capitol So-11602 1976 M- Orange Label / Slight Wear Ring Special Order
  LP   CDExpress
Netherlands
  $17.82     Details
  band   Islands
9614 lp Vg+ /m- Slt Ring Wear Orange Label Style: Rock 70 Title: Islands Ca... Special Order
  LP   CDExpress
Netherlands
  $27.49     Details
  Band   Islands
Capitol So 511602,1977,sealed!,columbia House Edition,corner Bend vinyl Record Album
  LP   SS/SS Brothers
United States
  $18.00     Details
  Band   Islands
Lp 33rpm press : Usa 1977 10 Titres/tracks Right As Rain/street Walter/let The Night Fall/th...
  LP   VG+/VG+ Compagnie du
France
  $20.47     Details
BAND - Islands EP   BAND   Islands
1977 Capitol Records 10 Track Lp W/ Promo Hold Puinch In Upper Right Hand Corner Of Cover. Still ...
  LP   Jack Wolak's
United States
  $18.54     Details
BAND - Islands Vinyl   BAND   Islands LP   VG/EX Snow Records
Japan
  $18.63 - $30.35      Details
BAND - Islands Vinyl   BAND   Islands
Free Shipping To Many Countries. See Our Shipping Information. Ship By Registered Economy Mail Wi...
  LP   VG/EX Snow Records
Japan
  $18.63     Details
  BAND   Islands
Free Shipping To Many Countries. See Our Shipping Information. Ship By Registered Economy Mail Wi...
  LP   EX/EX Snow Records
Japan
  $22.15     Details
  BAND   Islands
Free Shipping To Many Countries. See Our Shipping Information. Ship By Registered Economy Mail Wi...
  LP   VG/EX Snow Records
Japan
  $30.35     Details
  BAND   Islands
Woc Usa, Capitol, 11602
  LP   VG-/VG+ Beverly Reco
United States
  $18.75     Details
  BAND   Islands
Orig Uk, Capitol, Est11602, 1977
  LP   MM Lost Chord
United Kingdom
  $23.17     Details
  Band   Islands - Orange Labels
Original 1977 Us Capitol Records 1st Pressing Vinyl Lp Presented With Red Company Labels With Oli...
  LP   M-/M- Sound Statio
Denmark
  $23.62     Details
  Band   Islands
Capitol Label,toshiba Emi Recording,lyrics Supplement,140g / Japan -obi Attached Japan, Ecs-80780
  LP   NM/NM JAPAN LP CD
Greece
  $26.25     Details
  BAND   Islands (promo)
Capitol E-st 11602
  LP   EX/M DUANE HOBDEN
United Kingdom
  $26.45     Details
  BAND   Islands
Capitol Label,toshiba Emi Recording,lyrics Supplement,140g / Japan – Obi Attached Japan, Ecs-80
  LP   NM/NM JAPAN LP CD
Greece
  $26.25     Details
  band   Islands
M-/m- , Us Original Pressing Lp From 1977 , Still In Shrink , Capitol Label Eu, Other, J0968
  LP   M-/M- lpcdreissues
Greece
  $28.10     Details
  BAND   Island
With Obi & Insert Japan, Capitol, Ecs-80780, 1977
  LP   EX+/EX Japan Pressi
Japan
  $28.25     Details
  band   Island
10 Track Capitol Records 1977 Est 11602 Ex Ex
  LP   VinylUK / Be
United Kingdom
  $40.43     Details

CD Single

  Artist   Title   Format   Condition   Seller Price    
  Band   Islands - Sealed
Us
  CD Single   Music and
United States
  $8.00     Details

LP+CDR

  Artist   Title   Format   Condition   Seller Price    
  BAND   Islands LP+CDR   NEW cdBBQ
United States
  $55.95 - $85.95      Details
  BAND   Islands
Lp + Cdr Copy: 1977 Orange Label; Jacket: Bb Hole Thru Top Right Capitol:so-11602 This Is An Exce... Special Order
  LP+CDR   NEW cdBBQ
United States
  $55.95     Details
  BAND   Islands
Lp + Cdr Copy: Capitol So 511602, 1977, Sealed!, Columbia House Edition, Corner Bend This Is An E... Special Order
  LP+CDR   NEW cdBBQ
United States
  $73.95     Details
  BAND   Islands
Lp + Cdr Copy: Jp With Obi & Insert Capitol:ecs-80780 This Is An Excellent Lp That I Will Acq... Special Order
  LP+CDR   NEW cdBBQ
United States
  $85.95     Details
  BAND   Islands - Uk
Lp + Cdr Copy: Gb 1977 10 Track But Has Ringwear And Scuff Marks On Sleeve (est11602) Capitol Thi... Special Order
  LP+CDR   NEW cdBBQ
United States
  $68.95     Details
  BAND   Islands - Us
Lp + Cdr Copy: 1977 10 Track But Sleeve Has Wear And Coloured Sticker Tear (so11602) This Is An E... Special Order
  LP+CDR   NEW cdBBQ
United States
  $68.95     Details
  BAND   Islands - Swedish Press
Lp + Cdr Copy: Se Capitol, 7c 062-85114, Sweden, Ex+/ex Capitol This Is An Excellent Lp That I Wi... Special Order
  LP+CDR   NEW cdBBQ
United States
  $77.95     Details

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