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LLOYD CHARMERS & FRIENDS | REGGAE IN WONDERLAND THE SPLASH SINGLES 1968-1973 2CD out this week...

LLOYD CHARMERS & FRIENDS | REGGAE IN WONDERLAND THE SPLASH SINGLES 1968-1973 2CD out this week...

LLOYD CHARMERS & FRIENDS | REGGAE IN WONDERLAND THE SPLASH SINGLES 1968-1973 2CD out this week...


  • First serious anthology of Lloyd Charmers’ earliest productions.
  • Twelve tracks new to CD.
  • Features some of reggae music’s greatest Jamaican performers.

The late 60s and early 70s witnessed a transformation of the Jamaican music industry, with the global popularity of the new reggae sound opening the way for a host of ambitious independent record producers to make their mark on the local scene and shores beyond.

Among this new breed of record-makers were a number of former recording artists whose influence on the future direction of reggae would prove profound, with their number including Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Winston ‘Niney’ Holness, Clancy Eccles, Derrick Harriott and the man whose early reggae productions are showcased on this set, Lloyd Charmers.

‘Reggae In Wonderland’ collects the cream of Charmers’ early output as an independent producer from a fascinating period in Jamaican music history, during which reggae underwent a series of transformations that commenced with the driving rhythms of boss reggae and closed with a more measured style that echoed the rock steady sound of the late 60s.

Among the recordings featured here are major hits and long forgotten rarities, performed by some of Jamaica’s most accomplished artists, most notably Bob Andy, Ken Boothe, Dave Barker, Owen Gray, B.B. Seaton, Bobby Davis and of course Charmers himself. To quote the legendary Paul Nicholas, this is reggae like it used to be!

DISC ONE

1  Long About Now - Bruce Ruffin

2  Real Real - Lloyd Robinson

3  Come See About Me - Lloyd Charmers & The Soul Stirrers

4  House In Session - Tommy Cowan

5  They Got To Move - Lloyd Robinson

6  Why Baby Why - Lloyd Charmers

7  Hot Shot - Karl Bryan

8  Trouble Trouble - Lloyd Robinson

9  Last Laugh - The Jokers

10  The Sweeter She Is - The Charmers

11  Doggone Right - Bobby Davis

12  Sindy - Lloyd Charmers

13  Since I Lost My Baby - Bob Andy

14  Colour Him Father - Lloyd Charmers

15  Going In Circles - Bobby Davis

16  Black Power - Lloyd & Dave

17  Baby I Need Your Loving - Bob Andy

18  Birth Control - Lloyd Charmers

19  I'm Gone - Lloyd & Hortense

20  I Can't Get Next To You - The Charmers

21  I Love You Madly - Busty Brown

22  Love I Madly - Bongo Tony

23  All Kinds Of Everything - Lloyd Charmers

24  California Dreaming - Lloyd Charmers *

25  Just As Long As You Need Me - Busty Brown

26  Just My Imagination (take 2) - Dave Barker

DISC TWO

1  Oh Me Oh My - Lloyd Charmers

2  What Should I Do - Dave Barker

3  Going In Circles - Lloyd Charmers

4  Cool and Easy - U Roy Junior

5  One Woman - Lloyd Charmers

6  Reggae In Wonderland - Lester Williams

7  I've Gotta Get A Message To You - The Charmers

8  Ever Strong - Bongo Tony

9  Skinhead Train - Lloyd Charmers

10  Life Of A Millionaire - Dave Barker *

11  Rock Steady - The Marvels

12  Travelling On - Lloyd Charmers *

13  Summertime - Dave Barker *

14  Humpty Dumpty - Bongo Tony

15  One Big Unhappy Family (Part One) - Lloyd Charmers

16  One Big Unhappy Family (Part Two) - Lloyd Charmers*

17  Harry's Mood - Lloyd Charmers

18  Be My Baby - The Marvels *

19  One, Two, Three - Roy Shirley *

20  Plus One - Roy Shirley

21  Shaft - Lloyd Charmers

22  Rasta Never Fails – Lloyd & Ken

23  Africa Is Paradise - Lloyd & B.B.

24  Owen Gray's Greatest Hits (Part 1) - Owen Gray *

25  Owen Gray's Greatest Hits (Part 2) - Owen Gray *

26  The End - Lloyd Charmers

27  Just My Imagination (take 1) - Dave Barker *

* New to CD