Lethal Dave Kellys from 2006, recalling the mighty Riding West rhythm, and featuring definitive Baby Cham and Pinchers.
Look out for Wayne McGhie, Jackie Mittoo and Johnny Osbourne passing through from Studio One. Also Alton Ellis’ son, Noel, and numerous local one-aways. Lovingly researched.
‘From over 150 singles and 20 albums these 10 extracts are showing you the quality and range of Jah Reggae music’, as the cover puts it.
From the original sleeve-note — ‘reggae music is reaching its peak and this album is a perfect example of the roots of its success… an exceptionally well put together album with various artists at their best.’
Issued around 1977 on the City Line imprint, these were based around singles which had appeared over the previous few years also on labels like Versatile, Rawse and Senrab.
A warm, intimate portrait of the studio hard at work — featuring The Wailers in a supporting role (with a few of their own sides thrown in).
A lovely, well-paced set, with writers like Smokey, Dennis Brown, Rickie Lee and Barry White; Paulette, Candy McKenzie, Jazzbo, Suzy Brown at the mike; Aswad helping out. That should be Chuck E, not Chucky, yikes.
Exhilarating reggae music from Stoke Newington, north east London, made by soundboys on a Casio and a drum machine, in a room over Eddie Regal’s record shop.
Reclaiming one of those seventies UK Bamboo issues with great Horace Ove photographs on the cover.