SPOOKY TOOTH - The Island Years - An Antology 1967-1974 (2005)
While it may not be the complete works of Spooky Tooth issued by Island Records between 1967 and 1974, the 9 LP or 9 CD box set 'The Island Years' is by far the largest collection of the band's work ever made available. So what is on offer here for a pleasantly affordable price? The 9 LPs or CDs are each based around an album, beginning with 1967's 'Supernatural Fairy Tales' by the Spooky Tooth precursor band, Art, following with the 6 studio albums released by the band on their own, a 1969 album released by Spooky Tooth & Pierre Henry and a previously unreleased 1973 live recording from a gig in Oldenburg, Germany, in which the band reprised many of their best known songs. 9 CDs containing 114 tracks, or 9 LPs with 78 tracks. The CDs are each in gatefold mini LP sleeves and the tracks, mastered by Ben Wiseman are sounding better than ever. The 52 page booklet containing an essay by compiler, researcher Mark Powell as well as complete track annotations, many photos and other memorabilia. Also included is a poster of 'What's That Sound' by Art. All in all a wonderful package available at a reasonable price. This may not be the place for novices to begin but for fans of Spooky Tooth this is one incredible collection!