Lloydie Fix It Back
Lloyd Parks
Parks Music
December 22, 2014

Track list
  1. Fix It Back
  2. I Like Your Style
  3. It's Too Late
  4. It's Now Or Never
  5. Holiday Together
  6. Lover Man
  7. Give Love To The People
  8. So Many Ways
  9. Sweet Love
  10. Beautiful Weekend
  11. Good Vibes At The Party
  12. Hey Jude
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4/5 Production : 3/4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
Renowned Reggae vocalist (and bandleader/bass player of We The People Band) Lloyd Parks started his music career when he joined his uncle Dourie Bryan, who played in a Calypso band. After that he performed with the Invincibles band, whose members at that time included Ansell Collins on organ, Sly Dunbar on drums and Ranchie McLean on guitar. He then teamed up with Wentworth Vernal, forming a Rocksteady vocal duo called The Termites. In 1968 they recorded an album for Coxsone Dodd entitled "Do The Rocksteady: Presenting The Termites", and enjoyed a number of hits for the legendary producer including "Do It Right Now", "My Last Love", "Rub Up Push Up" and "Have Mercy Mr. Percy", a plea for leniency from a landlord. After three years, Parks and Vernal split up.

Lloyd Parks then briefly joined The Techniques as a replacement for Pat Kelly, recording tracks such as "Say You Love Me" and "You Don't Care", before embarking on a solo career. His first solo single "Stars" was a minor hit, but it was the classic "Slaving", a moving song about the struggles of a working man, that won him international acclaim. Some of his other best known solo hits include "Officially", "Mafia", "Girl In The Morning" and "Baby Hang Up The Phone". Being one of Jamaica's top bassists, he was also part of session bands such as Skin, Flesh & Bones, the Revolutionaries and the Professionals. In 1978 he formed We The People Band, recording and touring principally with Dennis Brown. Later on the band als toured with Freddie McGregor, Marcia Griffiths and many other Reggae greats.

Lloyd Parks' latest self-produced album was recorded at Harmony House and Mixing Lab Recording Studios and features the cream of the crop amongst Jamaican musicians such as Willie Lindo, Winston Bowen, Dean Fraser, Everton Gayle, Ansel Collins, Mikey Chung, Sticky Thompson and of course Lloyd Parks himself. Released on his own Parks Music imprint which he launched back in 1973, "Lloydie Fix It Back" contains mostly mellow love tunes, delivered in such a way that these efforts will surely appeal to the mature listener. The songs that make the best impression are the soulful "I Like Your Style", "It's Too Late", "Sweet Love" and "Beautiful Weekend". However the standouts are the roots song "Give Love To The People" and "Lover Man" for which Lloyd Parks revisits his classic "Slaving" riddim. The only two tunes we gladly skip are the renditions of Elvis Presley's "It's Now Or Never" and The Beatles "Hey Jude".

All in all a nice album from one of Reggae's finest artists/musicians.