Album review
Once Upon A Time (Best Of..)
Delroy Wilson
Trojan Records

Tracking list

  1. This old heart of mine
  2. Once upon a time
  3. I want to love you
  4. Give love a try
  5. This live makes me wonder
  6. Put yourself in my place
  7. It hurts
  8. I'm the one who loves you
  9. You're number one
  10. I've tried my best
  11. Run run
  12. Show me the way
  13. Gave you my love
  14. Loving you is sweeter than ever
  15. Got to get away
  16. Better must come
  17. Cool operator
  18. Be my wife
  19. Adisababa
  20. Can I change my mind
  21. Live and learn
  22. Pretty girl
  23. Ain't that peculiar
  24. What is man ?
  25. It's a shame
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 5 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 3/4 Sleeve : 3/4

Delroy Wilson died in March 1995, ravaged by the drink that had overtaken his life in later years, at the depressingly early age of 46. Delroy Wilson started his career at the tender age of 13 at Studio One, where he recorded his first tune. Throughout the years Delroy recorded for an array of producers, enjoying hits or at least memorable tunes with Bunny "Striker" Lee, Sonia Pottinger, Leslie Kong, Joe Gibbs and Keith Hudson. Although not exactly "the best of", this 26 track Trojan sampler gives a decent overview of the period between 1968 and 1974, when Delroy recorded songs for the afore-mentioned producers. Not included are tracks from his Studio One recordings which took place in the same period. Next to excellent originals like "I want to love you", "Adisababa", "Cool Operator" and "Better must come" he recorded some great and unforgettable versions of R&B hits like the Marvin Gaye & Mary Wells hit "Once upon a time", the Four Tops' song "Loving you is sweeter than ever", Marvin Gaye's 1965 hit "Ain't that peculiar" and the (Detroit) Spinners' tune "It's a shame", thus reflecting his admiration for R&B / Soul music, especially the great "Motown sound". Time and time again Delroy Wilson proved to be one of the greatest soulful singers in reggae music, who left behind - especially to those for whom reggae is a way of life - a catalogue of impassioned tunes that were superbly voiced and seemingly immortal.

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