#1 The Islander - Chris Blackwell with Paul Morley
In the vein of Sound Man and The Soundtrack of My Life, a lyrical, warmhearted, and inspirational memoir from the founder of Island Records about his astonishing life and career helping to bring reggae music to the world stage and working with Bob Marley, U2, Grace Jones, Cat Stevens, and many other icons.
Chris Blackwell, like the paradigm-shifting artists he came to support over his sixty-plus years in the music business, never took the conventional route. He grew up between Jamaica and London, crossing paths with Ian Fleming, Noel Coward, and Errol Flynn. After being expelled from an elite British school for rebellious behavior in 1954 at age seventeen, he moved back to Jamaica, and within five years, founded Island Records—the company that would make an indelible mark on music, shifting with the times, but always keeping its core identity intact.
The Islander is the story of Blackwell and his cohorts at Island Records, who time and again, identified, nurtured, and broke out musicians who had been overlooked by bigger record labels, including Steve Winwood, Nick Drake, John Martyn, and Cat Stevens. After an impromptu meeting with Bob Marley and his bandmates in 1972, Blackwell decided to fund and produce their groundbreaking album Catch a Fire. He’d go on to work with Marley over the rest of his career, remain his close friend, and continually champion Jamaican culture and reggae music.
In the ensuing years, Blackwell worked with U2, Grace Jones, the B-52s, Tom Waits, Robert Palmer, Tom Tom Club, and many other groundbreaking artists. He also opened the first Jamaican boutique hotel, on the property of Ian Fleming’s former home, Goldeneye, where all the James Bond books were written.
- Robin Lane "All I'll Ever Need":
John Batdorf and Michael McLean 2022
BATMAC MUSIC BMI / Shining Star Music ASCAP
Acoustic Guitars/Vocals/Bass/Keys/Percussion By:John Batdorf
Electric Guitars and Mandolin By: Michael Dowdle
BGVs By: Bill Batstone
Fiddle By: Scott Foxx
Produced and Arranged By John Batdorf/John Batdorf Music
I’m not a wannabe cowboy
And I’m not at home on the range
I like to fish, but that’s about it
And Cowboy hats make me feel strange
But the road took a turn that surprised me
And I’m more than just down on my luck
If I was a drinkin’ man, I’d probably take my van
Down to the bar that’s surrounded by trucks
Though I never liked country songs much
So I can’t soothe my soul in a bottle
My woman I’d never forsake
I’m not church goin’ and God isn’t showin’ me
Where guys like me catch a break
So I’m here on the highway just drivin’
But I’m feelin’ Roy Rogers nearby
He’s smilin’ at me and singing a melody
And I’ll be damned if I know why
It kind of makes me wanna cry
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Easy Come Easy Go (1st version)
The Thought of Loving You
The Thought of Loving You
Remastered by Kurt Reil at The
House of Vibes, Highland Park, NJ
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Release Date: June 18, 2021.
"Hyacinth House" includes many lyrics surrounding Morrison's upheaval about his personal life and relationships. The line "someone who doesn’t need me", refers to his troubles with girlfriend Pamela Courson. According to Krieger, the line heard in the song's bridge: "I see the bathroom is clear" is a reference to an occurrence when Morrison's friend Babe Hill left the studio's bathroom so Morrison could use it to record his vocals. Krieger has also said that the line "To please the lions" was inspired after Morrison was in Krieger's house and saw a baby bobcat that he had owned. Doors' drummer John Densmore said about Morrison's interpretation and lyrics, "He was re-examining, but not with regret. Toward the end, Jim said, 'Probably next time, I'd be a little solitary, Zen gardener working in his garden.' I don't interpret that as a regret, but he had a hunch." LINK: https://joevigtop40.blogspot.com/2022/10/october-2020-robin-lane-chris-blackwell.html