Doctor Bird is back with more reggae reissues to kick off the first New Music Friday of the year! PLUS a brand new single ‘Lost (My Guardian)‘, taken from Ken Hensley‘s forthcoming album ‘My Book of Answers‘, is available to download and stream now! Watch the stunning new video below:
Order ‘My Book Of Answers’ here 👉 http://cherryred.co/KenHensley The brand new video for Ken Hensley’s ‘Lost (My Guardian)’ – taken from the new studio album ‘My Book Of Answers’ released on 5 March 2021 on CD and vinyl.
Jimmy London: Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Original Album Expanded
Having made his mark alongside Billy Dyce in the popular vocal duo, the Inspirations, Trevor Shaw aka Jimmy London embarked on what proved to be immensely successful solo career, commencing with a succession of Jamaican hits for leading Kingston-based enterprise, Randy’s Records.
Such was the singer’s success that in 1972, Randy’s Records gathered a dozen of the singer’s recordings for what was his – and the company’s – very first long-playing record, “Bridge Over Troubled Waters”.
Concurrently issued in the UK by Trojan Records, the album firmly established London as a major recording star, with highlights including popular reggae interpretations of the title track, along with ‘A Little Love’, ‘Shake A Hand’, ‘It’s Now Or Never’ and ‘Walk With Love’.
By this time, Trojan had launched its own Randy’s subsidiary label to showcase the cream of its Jamaican counterpart’s output, and it is the majority of tracks that saw issue on the UK imprint between 1971 and 1973, along with remaining highlights from this period (including those featured on the unissued Trojan album, “A Little Love”) that comprise the remainder of this essential double-disc collection of classic early reggae sides.
The High Note Mento Collection, Various Artists, 3 Albums Expanded
Over the past few decades interest in vintage Jamaican mento music has steadily grown, with the genre attracting increasing numbers of fans worldwide. Despite this development, precious little material in the style that was recorded during the Seventies has seen reissue.
This 2CD set aims to address that oversight by showcasing three of the most popular mento collections of the decade – all making their long overdue CD debut here. First released on Sonia Pottinger’s High Note label between 1976 and 1978, “King Vupp”, “Live At Club Caribbean” and “Ram Jam” highlight the respective talents of leading Jamaican performers, King Vupp, the Jolly Boys and the Prince Brothers, with the original LP track-listings bolstered by an array of relevant bonus tracks.
An immensely enjoyable and enlightening listen, “The High Note Mento Collection” effectively demonstrates that there was considerably more to the Jamaican music scene of mid-to-the late Seventies than just roots reggae
Here are some choice picks from our extensive back catalogue that have recently been made available on digital platforms: