Island singles were released with Alvin Lucier Illuminated By The Moon WI and numbers starting with Sue records were deleted from their catalogue in Julyand American Sue issues returned to the London American label. T Jackie Opel Go Whey sedate English ways of the elite were in for a musical uprising. The history and the discography of the Island Records label can conveniently be divided into three phases:. Since this story has the provenance of two sources it may have credence but other factors are likely. Jackie Opel Go Whey on the Island label used a black variation of the "white i" label with a pink "i" logo and silver print.
Barbara Pennington and Betty Davis. Island also joined a growing trend amongst U. Also in , another American record label, Shelter Records , began to issue U. Artists included the Dwight Twilley Band, J. Finally, the Black Swan label was reactivated for certain reggae-styled releases, some of which appeared with WIP-series numbers.
For reasons of continuity, this section of the discography also includes singles numbered in the WIP 6xxx series which were released between and WIP was the last single to be released with a pink label. The next single, WIP was on the Chrysalis label, but from the one after that, WIP , the "pink rim" palm tree label was introduced.
The series was used for pre-releases in the seconds half of the s, white labels. IDJ was a limited edition series for related releases on the colourful Island label.
Following on from the s releases, these were originally released with pink labels featuring the 'white i' logo, except for the two Chrysalis albums. A series of budget-priced albums. Those on the Island label used a black variation of the "white i" label with a pink "i" logo and silver print. For singles released during the years to , which were numbered in this series, see Singles of the s section, above.
This new series of numbers was introduced in to replace the long-running WIP series for 7" singles and other formats. As the CD format gained ascendancy during the later s, so more and more singles were released with the prefix CID, indicating a CD release, initially alongside the "standard" 7" release.
During this period Island regained some more important artists on its roster and continued to release 20 to 50 albums a year. The catalogue numbers don't follow the release dates as the numbers were given to projects scheduled for release. Some new labels entered the Island distribution and were given Island catalogue numbers received for UK release while retaining their original labels e. ZE, Celluloid. In the US the label was distributed via Islands Antilles label and division.
In , Island release 15 compilation albums dedicated to reggae, presenting twelve of its best selling reggae artists and three styles, "DJ", "lovers" and "rockers", on one disc each.
The albums were compiled by Trevor Wyatt , the covers were illustrated by various artists on the basis of paintings and contain extensive liner notes. In , Island Records was sold to Polygram.
Immediately Polygram started to re-release parts of the Island catalogue, mainly classics from the s and good selling records from the s within a CD series called Island Masters. The series ran with the prefix IMCD and catalogue numbers starting with 1.
The first year of the label has seen more than 70 releases. Finally the catalogue comprised more than titles, from the year on in re-mastered quality. The discography can be seen under Island Masters.
As CD became the preferred format for the majority of sales, singles released in that format were prefixed CID. Otherwise, the series continued the numbering of the IS series begun in the s. Singles released on a variety of vinyl formats 7", 10", 12", etc. Frequently, CD and larger format releases included additional or sometimes different songs to those found on the traditional 7" format.
The independent catalogue numbers seem to end in Island released for a short while Jamaican music on new sub-labels Island Jamaica and Island Jamaica Jazz, the latter one obviously responding to the success of bands like Jazz Jamaica and the music by trombone soloists like Rico Rodriguez.
The series that started in the late s continued in the first half of the s releasing more material from Island's back catalogue. The discography can be found under Island Masters. This series started with 26 releases in Island used the new label to re-issue a part of its reggae catalogue.
More titles had been reissued in , while the parent label changed at least for the European releases from Island to Mango. When he mentions breeding experiments, he is silenced with a promotion. A carnival gymnast is fired for a younger model, but before she can go, the boss is killed. Was it her… or the monkey who goes crazy at the sight of a gun?
Maybe it was her secret. But they kill the monkey. He knows me of old and here is the chance to sell some of those old soul records from the West Indies that have been forgotten and ignored by the reggae collectors. T he record is not perfect but then Jamaican records from the early sixties are primitive.
The rumour that the vinyl sometimes came from re cycled tyres may even be true. There were only three or four studios and everything had to be done in one take. A voice both raw and beautiful comes out of the speakers.
Here is a great soul singer. I try to find out more about Jackie Opel in the ever — burgeoning books on Jamaican music. I want to know more because Jackie has got to me — the voice has got to me as only a great soul singer can. T he search becomes a passion. I speak to contemporaries of Jackie Opel and by internet to the West Indies. Slowly the unwritten story, so far, comes to life.
Although Jackie Opel is now little known of outside of a passionate band of devotees his extra ordinary talent was much appreciated at the time. Opel would spin and fall to the ground in a crescendo of legs drooping and flailing arms, a small man in stature but a big man in heart and personality.
The music critic Al Gilkes wrote at the time ………. On stage Jackie forced his way into the hearts of his audience to make them share his experience.
His tears were their tears, his joy theirs …….. J ackie Opel was born Dalton Sinclair Bishop sometime in He was in fact a Bajan by birth from the unkempt Martinsdale area of Bridgetown.
Life can not have been easy for Jackie. He came from a large family and money was short. There was a middle class elite whose views influenced the music available on the radio stations and in the hotel venues of the islands. T he sedate English ways of the elite were in for a musical uprising.