The Heartbeat CD is the original single LP masterpiece — downright essential Studio One — supplemented by an extra eight bits and bobs.
Sublimely versioning the almighty Curtis anthem; with another rocksteady clarion-call on the flip, brassy and more stern, by The Hamlins.
‘The Soul Brothers possess a Crystal Clear Sound. Obviously it would be better to Cut the Chatter and Spin the Platter.’ Instrumentals by the awesome house band led by Jackie Mittoo and Roland Alphonso, 1965-67.
An excellent introduction — top selection across styles and vintages, well paced, and with some marvellous photographs of Jackie at Kingston airport, Canada bound.
Fine thirty-one-track compilation focussed on the sixties, after ska, when Mittoo’s twin influences of US soul and Jimmy Smith were most tangible.
Excellent organ instrumental, backed with a lovely, early Al Campbell.
Tough pan-Caribbean wig-out, complete with twanging guitar and characteristically hot organ; with The Jamaicans’ lovely version of the Sam Cooke. (Ajax fans do a pretty good job of those oohs and ahs, too.)