Islands (The Band album)

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Studio album by The Band
Released March 15, 1977 (1977-03-15)
Recorded December 1972 – January 1977
Studio Shangri-la Studios; Village Recorders, Los Angeles, California
Genre Rock
Length 35:15
Label Capitol
Producer The Band
The Band chronology
The Best of The Band
(1976)The Best of The Band1976
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C+[2]
MusicHound woof![3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2.5/5 stars[4]

Islands is the seventh studio album by the Canadian-American rock group the Band. Released in 1977 to mixed reviews, it is the final studio album from the group's original lineup.

Primarily composed of previously unreleased songs from the Band's career (including their 1976 cover of "Georgia on My Mind", which was recorded to aid Jimmy Carter in his presidential bid),[5] Islands was released to fulfill the group's contract with Capitol Records, so that the soundtrack to their film The Last Waltz could be released on Warner Bros. Records. In the CD liner notes, Robbie Robertson compares the album to the Who's Odds & Sods.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Lead Vocals Length
1. "Right as Rain" Robbie Robertson Richard Manuel 3:52
2. "Street Walker"
Danko 3:16
3. "Let the Night Fall" Robertson Manuel 3:11
4. "Ain't That a Lot of Love"
Levon Helm 3:09
5. "Christmas Must Be Tonight" Robertson Danko 3:38

Side two[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Lead Vocals Length
6. "Islands"
instrumental 3:54
7. "The Saga of Pepote Rouge" Robertson Danko 4:14
8. "Georgia on My Mind" Manuel 3:09
9. "Knockin' Lost John" Robertson Robertson 3:50
10. "Livin' in a Dream" Robertson Helm 2:52

Bonus tracks from 2001 CD re-release[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
11. "Twilight (Single version)" Robertson 3:17
12. "Georgia on My Mind (Alternate take)" Carmichael, Gorrell 3:51


The Band

Additional musicians


  • Ed Anderson – engineering
  • Neil Brody – engineering
  • Rob Fraboni – engineering
  • Nat Jeffrey – engineering


  1. ^ Islands at AllMusic
  2. ^ Robert Christgau
  3. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds) (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 72. ISBN 1-57859-061-2. 
  4. ^ Brackett, Nathan, with Hoard, Christian (eds) (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th edn). New York, NY: Fireside. p. 42. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  5. ^ Morris, Chris, Liner Notes to Islands CD release