(P) Line 2009 Charly Films
Reporting Code TC00356336
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English Short Description
Highlights from the series of London concerts held by Island Records in 2009 to celebrate its 50th anniversary. They feature its major acts from the past 40 years performing their biggest for the label.
English Long Description
Island Records, one of the UK's leading and most innovative record labels, celebrated its 50th Anniversary on 2009 in typical style.
As part of its worldwide 'Island 50 1959 - 2009' celebration of this milestone, in May of that year Island Records, in collaboration with its founder, Chris Blackwell, held an unforgettable week-long series of concerts at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire.
This film of highlights from those concerts features performances from some of the label's biggest acts from the past 40 years.
U2 has recorded for the label for thirty years, becoming its flagship act and its most successful one in terms of global sales. Here they perform their two of their recent UK chart toppers, joined on stage for them by African superstar, Baaba MaaI, one of many World acts the label has promoted over the years. 'One' neatly segues here into 'One Love', a fitting tribute to another of the label's former superstars, Bob Marley.
From its earliest days, Island has always championed reggae. The music was represented by contributions from Steel Pulse and from Marley's widow, Rita Marley, who delivered this stirring version of his classic, 'No Woman, No Cry'.
Yusuf (formerly Cat Stevens) was a mainstay of the company in the early '70's. Featured here are four highlights from his multi-million selling 1970 album, 'Tea For The Tillerman'. A duet re-recording with Ronan Keating of one of these, 'Father And Son', gave him a Christmas number 2 UK hit in 2004.
New York's former model Grace Jones and Tom Tom Club, a Talking Heads off-shoot group, both enjoyed success with the label in the early 80's.
Carrying on the label's long tradition of breaking significant new acts, Keane and The Fratellis, two of Island's most significant signings of recent years, here each perform two of their biggest hits.
Shepherd's Bush Empire, May 2009