The Island Years (Ultravox album)

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The Island Years
Compilation album by Ultravox
Released 1999
Recorded 1976 - 1978
Genre Rock, pop, new wave, glam rock, protopunk, synthpop
Label Spectrum, PolyGram
Producer Ultravox, Brian Eno, Steve Lillywhite, Conny Plank
Ultravox chronology
Extended Ultravox
The Island Years
The Very Best Of Midge Ure & Ultravox

The Island Years is a compilation by Ultravox, released in 1999 by PolyGram and Spectrum labels. It comprise the songs of their three first albums (Ultravox!, Ha! Ha! Ha! and Systems of Romance), when John Foxx was the group's vocalist and frontman, and another two guitarists, Stevie Shears and Robin Simon were with them[1] (although not at the same time). The album is a compilation of the band's experimental years, before Midge Ure became a member and the 1980s hits.

This is a more modern version of the Slow Motion compilation, released in 1993 by the same labels.

The band are credited as Ultravox!, although the band decided to drop the exclamation mark (!) before recording their Systems Of Romance album.

Track list[edit]

  1. "Dangerous Rhythm"
  2. "My Sex"
  3. "I Want to Be a Machine"
  4. "The Wild, the Beautiful and the Damned"
  5. "Life at Rainbow's End"
  6. "Young Savage"
  7. "Slip Away"
  8. "ROckWrok"
  9. "Hiroshima Mon Amour"
  10. "Distant Smile"
  11. "Man Who Dies Every Day"
  12. "While I'm Still Alive"
  13. "Slow Motion"
  14. "Quiet Men"
  15. "Cross Fade"
  16. "Just for a Moment"



  1. ^ Ultravox! - The Island Years (booklet notes) (Polygram, Spectrum, 1999)