After launching his Beverley’s Records label in the early 1960s, Leslie Kong quickly established a reputation as being one of the sharpest operators in the Jamaican music business.
By the close of the decade he had exceeded all expectations for a Kingston-based record producer after releasing a number of recordings that not only topped the local charts, but also breached pop listings around the world.
The hit-rate continued into the 1970s, as Kong’s tight and breezy production style ensured such esteemed acts as the Maytals, the Melodians, the Pioneers, Desmond Dekker and Jimmy Cliff all made the UK mainstream charts.
In the autumn of 1970, Trojan Records released ‘Hot Shots Of Reggae’, showcasing a dozen of the producer’s most popular recordings from the preceding months.
The strikingly designed album swiftly became one of the company’s best sellers, yet despite its popularity has remained unissued in any format since its original release.
That oversight has finally been addressed and here, at long last, is the glorious LP in its entirety, with the original dozen tracks augmented by a further 13 Kong- produced recordings from the glorious, golden age of reggae.
1. FREEDOM STREET – Ken Boothe
2. SWEET SENSATION – The Melodians
3. MONKEY MAN – The Maytals
4. WHY BABY WHY – Ken Boothe
5. COTTON DANDY – Ansel Collins & The Beverley’s All Stars
6. SO MUCH LOVE – Joe White
7. SHE’S MY SCORCHER – The Maytals
8. SIMMER DOWN QUASHIE – The Pioneers
9. THERE’S A FIRE – The Gaylads
10.SHOW ME THE WAY – Delroy Wilson
11.THIS TIME I WON’T HURT YOU – The Gaylads
12.I’M THE ONE – Bruce Ruffin
13.DRUMS OF FREEDOM – Ken Boothe
14.HIGH VOLTAGE – Ansel Collins
15.I’LL NEED YOU TOMORROW – The Kingstonians
16.(HEAVY LOAD) DON’T GET WEARY – Carl Dawkins
17.DOUBLE SHOT – Beverley’s All Stars
18.LICK IT BACK – The Clarendonians
19.JAGA JAGA WAR – The Wanderers
20.NIGHT OF LOVE – Ansel Collins
21.HOOLA BULLA – The Slickers
22.GIMME GIMME GAL (BANANA WATER) – The Mellotones
23.WIGGLE WAGGLE – The Wanderers
24.MOON DUST – Ansel Collins
25.DRY UP YOUR TEARS – Bruce Ruffin