Dapper 1967 rocksteady, previously unreleased. Eddie also recorded as a duo with Alton Ellis — Alton And Eddy.
Gorgeous Rock A Shacka / Drum And Bass reissues from Japan. Silk-screened labels to die for. Killer Studio One ska originally out on C And N, Clement And Norma, Mr and Mrs Dodd.
His first record, leading a duet with Ken Boothe in 1966. Moody and soulful, with tough horns.
Instrumentals in ska, mento and other Caribbean styles recorded in 1966, at the threshold of rocksteady. The only one of his eight Federal albums to feature ska. Super-fine LP from Dub Store.
Fire! The Federal musical director walks it like he talks it. Blazing horns and jazzy brilliance all round.
Spiritual jazz exquisitely crosses rastafarian roots in this bongo-led gem expertly produced at Dynamic in 1970 by Sonia ‘I was one for drums’ Pottinger. Terrific opening salvo from a new reggae reissue label.
The best of Ern’s sixties LPs. A lovely bunch of rocksteady instrumentals, suited and booted for reissue by Dub Store in Tokyo.
Winston Matthews, Lloyd McDonald and George Haye — Wailing Souls to be. From 1966, this is classic vocal rocksteady, one of the certified gems in the Merritone catalogue. Backed with unreleased ska.
The fledgling Wailing Souls, rocking steady but broken-hearted in 1966; backed with the perfect ska antidote, a previously-unreleased Hopeton Lewis pick-me-up.
A couple of Soul Vendors scorchers — backing Roy Richards on Summertime and Owen Gray in a version of the Brenton Wood soul classic. Lovely silkscreened labels. Rock-A-Shacka business.
Upful, get-ready rock steady, with the High Priest sweetly vibesing the mic, Jackie Jackson locking it down on bass.
This beautiful acoustic cut is previously unissued. Raw soulful lovers, with close-harmony backing, and double bass and guitar as irresistible as Egyptian Reggae. Terrific.
Ace rocksteady version of the Sam Cooke; and a wicked Jackie Mittoo on the flip, with King Sporty wigging out. Shower the sounds, shake your money-maker… Rhythm Street, where the beat is sweet for dancing feet.
Arguably the first, surely one of best of all Jamaican gun tunes, banned in 1966 by JA radio but picked up by Blackwell. Roy Richards wanders off into Three Blind Mice, halfway through.