Music Review – SOUL POWER ‘68

Music Review – SOUL POWER ‘68

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

This 42 track double album of rare rock steady and reggae gems from Doctor Bird and Trojan labels through Treasure Isle Records. Those of you that loved their vinyl through the seventies will see the cover which littered those Ronco and K-Tel compilations from that era. Singles that originally saw the light of day from Duke Reid’s label based in Kingston, Jamaica. The studio, opened in 1964 above his liquor store soon put him ahead of the game. His sophisticated recording techniques can well be heard through the many bands that came and went through his doors at the time- like the Melodians which is well represented on this compilation. 

Three of the tracks have never been previously released in any format and now see the light of day finally. And justifiably so. Joya Landis’s Let Me Know, Tommy McCook & the Supersonics Angel of the Morning and My Best Girl (Rhythm) will please even those die hard 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)

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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

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