Music Review – SOUL POWER ‘68

A previously unreleased album that will appeal to ska lovers everywhere has finally seen the light of day…

This 42-track double album contains rare rock and reggae gems and is being released through Treasure Isle Records — and what a treasure it is! This compilation contains singles and other popular songs from labels like Doctor Bird, Trojan, and Duke Reid’s own label… so you know that the Melodians are well-represented here!

Three of the tracks have never been previously released in any format, so get excited! Joya Landis’s “Let Me Know and Tommy McCook & the Supersonics’ “Angel of the Morning” and “My Best Girl (Rhythm)” will please even the pickiest fans.

Soul Power ‘68 leaves the ska soul soothed with a peripheral mix of instrumentals and long-forgotten reggae classics from the heart of Jamaica in the 60’s. What’s not to love? 

Track Listing:

DISC ONE:

  1. IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR – The Silvertones
    2. SOUL POWER (MY LAST WORD) – Radcliff Butler *
    3. MUSIC IS MY OCCUPATION – Tommy McCook & The Supersonics
    4. FUNKY BEAT – Lloyd Williams
    5. LONELY STREET – The Conquerors
    6. WORK YOUR SOUL – Tommy McCook & The Supersonics
    7. COME ON LITTLE GIRL – The Melodians
    8. WHAT CAN I DO – Clive & Doreen
    9. VENUS – Tommy McCook & The Supersonics *
    10. I FELL IN LOVE – The Conquerors
    11. GOOD BYE BABY – Lloyd Williams *
    12. BLACK POWER – Winston Wright & The Supersonics
    BONUS TRACKS
    13. KEEP ON GOING – Lloyd Tyrell *
    14. I LOVE YOU TRUE AKA SO TRUE – Joya Landis *
    15. IF YOU SEE JANE – The Yardbrooms
    16. UNCLE SAM – Tommy McCook & The Supersonics
    17. LIVE WIRE – The Gladiators
    18. SHE’S GONE – Hopeton Lewis *
    19. LET ME KNOW (SOUL VERSION) – Joya Landis *
    20. SLOW AND EASY – The Silvertones
    21. MY BEST GIRL (RHYTHM) – Tommy McCook & The Supersonics +

DISC TWO
1. BABY LOVE (ORIGINAL MIX) – The Sensations *
2. LET’S JOIN HANDS TOGETHER – The Melodians
3. JOY IN MY SOUL – The Paragons
4. WHEN THE LIGHTS ARE LOW – Joya Landis
5. BANG BELLY – Tommy McCook & The Supersonics
6. SOUL LOVE – Joey & His Group
7. RIDE ME DONKEY – Joya Landis *
8. ROCKING SOUL – Tommy McCook & The Supersonics
9. BLACK POWER (TAKE 2) – Hopeton Lewis & Sir Lord Comic *
10. LOVE ME ALL THE TIME – Joya Landis
11. SOUL STYLE – Tommy McCook & The Supersonics
12. LIVE IT UP – Hopeton Lewis *
13. LET ME KNOW (ROCK STEADY VERSION) – Joya Landis +
14. HUMPTY DUMPTY – Phyllis Dillon *
15. OILY OILY – Tommy McCook & The Supersonics *
16. YOUR LOVE IS ALL OVER ME – Joya Landis *
17. BREAKING UP – The Termites
18. MERRY MOOD AKA RANGLIN ON BOND STREET – Ernest Ranglin & The Supersonics
19. THERE SHE GOES – Hopeton Lewis
20. DARLING FORGIVE ME – The Sensations *
21. ANGEL OF THE MORNING (RHYTHM) (TAKE 5) – Tommy McCook & The Supersonics +

* tracks new to CD
+ previously unreleased

SOUL POWER ’68 is released via CHERRY RED RECORDS (SKU:DBCDD074)

 

Edited by Joanna Gerberding

Author: Ian Woolley

Staff writer Ian Woolley has been in the music industry for longer than he cares to remember (actually 1974) and has built up a vast amount of musical knowledge across many genres down the years. Relocating from Wales to the South Coast of England in 1981, he began a successful career as DJ which also took him to work briefly in France, Malta, Switzerland, and finally Dubai in 1998. His newly formed side company QB Productions was launched in 2018. At the same time he began to write monthly columns for the Beat Music Magazine interviewing many worldwide pop artists across all musical genres reviewing their autobiographies and books, as well as new albums. These days he freelances writing show and music gig reviews at various theatres around the UK and recently launched an online Podcast called ‘WoolleysBeat’ where he interviews many well-known leading pop artists and bands.As a lover of many genres of music since his teens, Ian’s knowledge is without question and although he works occasionally with many established acts, he has always been keen to promote upcoming bands and artists.His motto is ‘you never pass a good busker by’!

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