Perfect — irresistible, bumptious girl-pop from Judy Mowatt’s group.
Very nice, evocative mixture of ska, meringue, swing and co, from 1960, suited and booted by Dub Store.
Cornerstone tune, much versioned, with ladies’ man Derrick taking the piss — ‘Solomon was the wisest man but he didn’t know the secrets… of a woman’ — and another fine Bobby Ellis instrumental.
Soundboy ska from 1964, with a booting girl-boy duet on the flip.
Juggernaut version of the Four Tops, with Ike Bennett at the organ leading Ilya Kuryakin on the flip.
Doing over The Persuaders with his customary aplomb; and keeping it in the family, a nice Kim Harriott lovers on the flip, another cover.
Sweet, uptempo rock steady from Henry Buckley, in 1968, with backing from The Gaylettes. A more rootsy, Biblical edge to the B-side, which was originally coupled with Roland Alphonso’s How Soon.
JH has ample hurt and soulfulness in his great voice to express this song — with tasty horns, and a little Maytals in the vocal arrangement. Tough Taitt instrumental on the flip.
The first twenty-five Blue Beat sevens, As and Bs.
The second twenty-five Blue Beat sevens, As and Bs.
A-sides only on the 180g vinyl.
Rocking Caltone business — with a classic Lynn Taitt rocksteady instrumental on the flip.
Ace Ken Khouri productions for Federal, from 1964-5; beautifully repackaged.
Bad Studio One ska — a Sam Cooke cover by the Baba Boom crew, and a harmonica-instrumental rude-boy shout-out by Charlie Organaire. Via Drum And Bass in Osaka, with silk-screened labels. Killer.
Deep, legendary rocksteady from Maurice ‘Professor’ Johnson, of the mighty Tenors. Both sides can’t fail. Price and presentation from the dodgy end of the reissue game, unfortunately.