Musical niceness galore from both Bushfire and later on Supersonic's Panza & Spider brought the massive in the right festive mood to have Chris Peckings unleash the old Treasure Isle riddims (see the aforementioned "On Bond Street" review
for a more detailed description of riddims and tunes) for Bitty to top with his vocals
and just one line into the album and now show-opener "Walk Away >From Love" had
the crowd screaming, wailing, clapping, whistling for the first of many pull-ups, as
Bitty absolutely fabulously crooned his way through the excellent tunes he covered or
wrote on top of these riddims Tommy McCook and HIS Supersonics laid for Arthur 'Duke'
Reid near the end of the 60s with just one or two exceptions for the early 70s. It's
the combination of Bitty's extraordinary smooth voice and singing, clever songwriting
and enough braggadocio that make it possible to perform these old rocksteady/ska songs in a lovers mood with just a selector instead of a band. The heartfelt "Make It With You", the stompin'"Your Heart", the Smokey Robinson adaptation "Cruisin'" rebuilt completely Jamaican soul style, the excellent "Only
You" over the 'I Shall Wear A Crown'-riddim that's already over 40 years old and
still sounding crisp, "Baby Tonight", the superb "My Lover's Call",
"I've Got Love" and as an encore a reprise of "Baby Tonight" were all
met with the same overwhelming crowd response. If Bitty wanted lighters, he got
lighters, wanted the massive to sing-a-long, he got them singing, and all the while
he remained singing so soulful and smooth, making it one of the best performances I
ever saw by a reggae singer, when he called it quits at about 2:45 am.