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
Shangri-la Studios; Village Recorders, Los Angeles, CA
Genre Rock
Length 35:15
Label Capitol
Producer The Band
The Band chronology
The Best of The Band
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]

All songs written and composed by Robbie Robertson, unless otherwise noted.

Side one[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Right as Rain"   3:52
2. "Street Walker" (Rick Danko, Robertson) 3:16
3. "Let the Night Fall"   3:11
4. "Ain't That a Lot of Love" (Homer Banks, Willia Dean Parker) 3:09
5. "Christmas Must Be Tonight"   3:38

Side two[edit]

No. Title Length
6. "Islands" (Danko, Garth Hudson, Robertson) 3:54
7. "The Saga of Pepote Rouge"   4:14
8. "Georgia on My Mind" (Hoagy Carmichael, Stuart Gorrell) 3:09
9. "Knockin' Lost John"   3:50
10. "Livin' in a Dream"   2:52

Bonus tracks from 2001 CD re-release[edit]

No. Title Length
11. "Twilight (single version)"   3:17
12. "Georgia on My Mind (alternate take)" (Carmichael, Gorrell) 3:51


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


  1. ^ Islands (The Band album) 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