A beautiful rock steady vocal from the multi-talented Adams. This in-demand cut comes complete with added harmonies missing from the better known version. With a Val Bennett of the same tune.
Fantastic, fountain-head deejaying loaded with upful verbal brilliance (and signature cocks crowing, shrill yeah-yeah-yeahs) over the best vocal performances of the greatest Studio One rhythms then available.
Drawing on the 1960s, from the Alley Cats through The Skatalites to the Soul Vendors, this top-notch retrospective came soon after the great man’s death in 1998, and it’s a worthy tribute, full of love.
Killer deep ska, superbly led by Roland A. Backed with the Black Brothers’ rude boy anthem, Born To Rule.
Ska beast from the lake of fire with its garments dipped in blood. Plus From Russia With Love on the flip, for crying out loud. Japanese imports, with gorgeous silk-screened labels. Total destruction.
Tremendous, previously-unreleased takes of ska instrumentals by the Soul Brothers.
Rolando Al luxuriating in jazz; a Tommy McCook cha cha cha.
A Skatalites charger and a jolt of vintage Ethiopian ska rumpus, courtesy of Dub Store in Tokyo.
Tasty, clipping, East-Of-The-River-Nile action; backed with a lovely Desmond Dekker.
With Lynn Taitt And The Jets at Federal in 1968. From Dubstore, Tokyo; now on vinyl.
Gorgeous Jamaicanization of The Miracles’ Choosey Beggar, just as fluently doowop.
Sleepy’s first ever record, produced by Phil Pratt. Peter Austin on the flip probably trumps him, with some good, current advice.
Great ska, rocksteady and reggae — with backing from The Skatalites, the Soul Brothers, Soul Vendors, Sound Dimension, and The Wailers, and Garnett Mimms, Fats Domino, Manfred Mann, the Wicked Pickett in the mix.
Tight and punchy, melancholic and soulful, great horns — another winner from Mr Rocksteady.