Islands (The Band album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 15, 1977 (1977-03-15)
RecordedDecember 1972 – January 1977
StudioShangri-la Studios; Village Recorders, Los Angeles, California
ProducerThe Band
The Band chronology
The Best of The Band
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideC+[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2.5/5 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.TitleWriter(s)Lead VocalsLength
1."Right as Rain"Robbie RobertsonRichard Manuel3:52
2."Street Walker"
3."Let the Night Fall"RobertsonManuel3:11
4."Ain't That a Lot of Love"
Levon Helm3:09
5."Christmas Must Be Tonight"RobertsonDanko3:38

Side two[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Lead VocalsLength
2."The Saga of Pepote Rouge"RobertsonDanko4:14
3."Georgia on My Mind"Manuel3:09
4."Knockin' Lost John"RobertsonRobertson3:50
5."Livin' in a Dream"RobertsonHelm2:52
  • Sides one and two were combined as tracks 1–10 on CD reissues.

Bonus tracks from 2001 CD re-release[edit]

11."Twilight (Single version)"Robertson3:17
12."Georgia on My Mind (Alternate take)"Carmichael, Gorrell3:51


The Band

Additional musicians


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


  1. ^ Islands at AllMusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: B". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  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.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  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