Adorable You
Doreen Schaffer
Studio One
April 12, 2004

Track list
  1. Try A Little Smile
  2. Sugar, Sugar
  3. Respect Due
  4. I Don't Know Why
  5. The Vow
  6. Adorable You
  7. Welcome You Back Home
  8. My Love Forgive Me
  9. I Need Your Loving
  10. Make It Tonight
  11. This Love
  12. Behave Yourself
  13. Some Do Some Don't
  14. Father Free Us
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 5 Production : 4 Sound quality : 3/4 Sleeve : 3
The long overdue 'debut album' by Doreen Schaffer on Studio One "Adorable You" is the final album released during the life of the recently deceased Studio One owner, producer and founder Six Clement Coxsone Dodd, whose obituary you can check here, with the extra of being the first album (if I'm correct) to feature on the sleeve behind the Brentford Road address between brackets: Studio One Boulevard. Doreen Schaffer is the undisputed queen of ska, who debuted on record on Studio One in 1964. The track opening this album "Try A Little Smile" is a ballad she recorded in 1977 at Brentford Road after an 18 month stint in the Bahamas to great success, topping both the JBC and RJR charts in Jamaica. Also from those sessions stems the love song "Sugar Sugar" over the Heptones 'Fatty Fatty'-riddim. Following is another brilliant love ballad "Respect Due" written by Jennifer Lara. Delroy Wilson's magnificent (I) "Don't Know Why" gets another splendid treatment (check Errol Dunkley's "Love Is Amazing" for another recent splendid Studio One take on it. Then it's into ska territory for her combinations "The Vow" with Jackie Opel, 1964 debut single "Adorable You", a tune she recorded also for Grover Records' "Adorable" album recorded with Dr.Ring Ding & The Senior Allstars something even mentioned (as 'this German band') in the Studio One sleeve notes, and "Welcome You Back You" both from 1965. Next is the non-reggae ballad "My Love Forgive Me", followed by the early reggae sound of "I Need Your Loving", and "Make It Tonight" about them see me as a supergirl, taking reggae music up on top of the world, quoting the Gaylads' "Joy In The Morning"'s melody and lyrics in the song, followed by a tune that also appeared on the Studio One "Pirate's Choice" album, the beautiful "This Love". "Behave Yourself" is another classic sounding Doreen Schaffer, where "Some Do Some Don't" sounds (meant in a very respectful way) as one of the best UK-Lovers tracks ever recorded. This absolutely must have album is closed by Doreen Schaffer's excellent take on Carlton Malcolm's 1971 gospel/skinhead reggae "Father Free Us".