Out this week three new reissues from Robinsongs & Doctor Bird Records!
DOCTOR BIRD RECORDS:
Includes three major UK hits: ‘Israelites’, ‘007’ and ‘Ah It Mek’
50th anniversary release | Most comprehensive release of the trio’s output ever!
Originally released on Leslie Kong’s celebrated Beverley’s Records at the start and end of 1968, respectively, the ‘Action!’ and ‘Intensified’ albums effectively demonstrated why Desmond Dekker & the Aces were Jamaica’s premier musical act throughout the late Sixties.
Both of these now immensely rare long players provide the focus for this 2CD set, which also includes the remainder of the trio’s magnificent output from the rock steady era, including rare alternate cuts and the original versions of their three major UK chart hits – ‘007’, ‘Israelites’ and ‘Ah It Mek’.
A rock steady music lover’s delight, there has quite simply never previously been a more comprehensive or compelling collection of Desmond Dekker & the Aces’ output.
Two of the most collectable Trojan LPs ever issued | 50th anniversary of both albums | Features numerous tracks new to CD
When Trojan Records was launched in the summer of 1968, the productions of Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid’s Treasure Isle Records dominated Jamaica’s musical landscape, spurring the newly formed London-based company to hastily secure exclusive UK rights to this esteemed catalogue.
There followed a series of popular singles and two superb albums that provide the bulk of this 2CD set. Showcasing the talents of some of the giants of the rock steady era, the recordings, all issued during the latter half of ’68, demonstrate just why the Duke is widely regarded as the king of the rock steady sound.
With many of these tracks unavailable for decades, this 52 track collection provides essential listening for fans of Duke Reid’s distinctive Treasure Isle rock steady sound, which remains just as appealing today as it was when first created some 50 years ago!
Available Here: SOUL OF JAMAICA / HERE COMES THE DUKE: EXPANDED EDITION
Robinsongs is very proud to announce the release of three Whispers albums, “Whisper In Your Ear”, “The Whispers” and “Imagination”, on a double CD.
The “Whisper In Your Ear” Album was originally released in 1979 on the Solar Label, and features the tracks ‘Homemade Lovin’’ and ‘Can’t Do Without Love’, which is also included as a 7” version bonus track.
Following up the “Whisper In Your Ear” album was the 1980 “The Whispers”, which included the worldwide smash hit ‘And The Beat Goes On’, topping the US R&B chart for an incredible five weeks. The album also made the US Top 20 Pop chart, and just missed topping the UK Pop Chart by reaching No. 2. ‘And The Beat Goes On’ was to become the Whispers’ biggest hit and a disco anthem. Also featured on the album were the tracks ‘Lady’ and ‘My Girl’ which also charted big for the group. The album went platinum in America.
The third album on this package is “Imagination”, originally released in 1981 and certified Gold in America. The stand out tracks on this album are ‘It’s A Love Thing’ (which was a Top Ten Hit on both sides of the Atlantic), ‘I Can Make It Better’, ‘A Song For Donny’ and ‘Up On Soul Train’.
This package features sleeve notes by Christian John Wikane, a New York based music journalist who interviewed Walter Scott of The Whispers for this release, who describes this exciting new phase of The Whispers career: “The early days of Solar Records were just incredible”.
Look out for “One For The Money”, “Open Up Your Love” and “Headlights” which is also available on Robinsongs.
Available Here: THE WHISPERS WHISPER IN YOUR EAR / THE WHISPERS / IMAGINATION