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:
  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
    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 +

1. BABY LOVE (ORIGINAL MIX) – The Sensations *
3. JOY IN MY SOUL – The Paragons
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 *
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


Author: Ian Woolley

Ian Woolley has been in the music industry since 1974 and has built up a vast amount of musical knowledge across many genres. Starting out singing in a band in his home country of Wales, due to work commitments he relocated to the South coast of England in 1981. He began a successful career as DJ in England which also took him to work briefly in France,Malta, Switzerland and finally Dubai in 1998. Adding to his portfolio, he was one of the original pioneers of Karaoke in England, as well as organising trivia music and general knowledge events. In 2012, he began supplying trivia packages for mobile applications for various companies including Bluestratus, Plain Vanilla Corporation and BSkyB (the latter for a new television game-show). In 2013, he founded Quiz Britain which promotes trivia and quizzing, primarily in the UK where he is CEO. The company supplies and organises bespoke trivia and quiz packages for events – many of which are charity based. Clients have included The Air Ambulance Trust, It’s Your Choice, Joshua Deeth Foundation, Oakhaven Hospice as well as corporate events, including the Only Fools & Horses Convention. The company has also promoted many successful TV game-shows for various companies including ITV and BBC, as well as appearing in some as a contestant. In 2017, he was organiser of a special one day trivia quizzing event called Quizfest UK which involved lots of celebrities from the world of Quizzing, TV, Comedy and the Music industry. He also wrote and directed a short youtube comedy spoof involving many that were present. His newly formed side company QB Productions was launched in 2018, working in various capacities with supplying celebrities from the world of music and TV. These include interviews, book signings, ’an audience with’ theatre shows, guest trivia appearances and individual performances and charity events. At the same time, he began to write monthly columns for the Beat Music Magazine, interviewing many worldwide pop artists across all genres. Reviewing their autobiographies and books, as well as new albums. He also freelances show reviews at various theatres around the UK. Recently he launched an online Podcast called ‘WoolleysBeat’, where he interviews many pop artists and authors of music books and autobiographies, as well as those that work on TV and Radio. As a lover of many genres of music since his teens, Ian’s knowledge is without question and although he works 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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