Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

The Best Of - Classic Vol.1
The Webber Sisters
Scorcher Music
CD
July 27, 2009

The Webber Sisters - Best of The Webber Sisters - Classic, Vol. 1 Track list
  1. The First Cut Is The Deepest
  2. One Life to Live
  3. What You Gonna Do About It
  4. Someone Love You
  5. The Way We Were
  6. Tell Me Why
  7. If You Knew
  8. Down The Asile
  9. Wind Beneath My Wings
  10. Come To Me
  11. His Majesty
  12. Running Gun
  13. Past, Present & Future
  14. Dance With Me
  15. Mixed Up Love
  16. Last Chance
  17. Love Me Tonight
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 3/4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 3
Sisters Cynthia and Merlene Webber began recording (separately and together) during the late sixties and early seventies. Merlene Webber was the most prolific of the both. She cut several hits for Coxsonne Dodd's Studio One imprint. She scored early with 'Hard Life' and 'Dream, Dream' produced by Syd Bucknor and issued in England on the Third World label. Ackee released the unusual 'Natengula' in the UK in 1971. Introduced to producer Lloyd Campbell by the singer Keith Poppin, she went on to release a series of hit singles issued on his Spider Man, Joe Fraser and (UK) Jama labels including 'Letter To Mommy and Daddy' 'He Will Have To Stay' First Cut Is the Deepest 'As Long As You Love Me', 'One Life To Live' (backed by The Revolutionaries), the self-penned 'No More Running' and 'Once You Hit the Road', which became the title track of her first solo album.

Merlene also took the lead on the first Webber Sisters album called 'Right Track'. Cynthia may have been less prolific but her singles include the excellent 'Do Jah Good' issued in the US on the Bull Sentra label and her own album 'Sweet Soul and Inspiration'. In 1982 they released the album 'I&I Love You Honey'. In the nineties both Black Eagle and Scorcher Music in the U.S issued some twelve-inch releases by the Webber Sisters as well.

'Classic - Volume 1' is to our knowledge the only collection of The Webber Sisters available. The album kicks off with Merlene Webber's topnotch hit version of First Cut Is The Deepest which was included on her album 'Once You Hit The Road'. Some of the best tracks are drawn from the 'I And I Love You Honey' album, including the mediocre cover of Someone Loves You and the well done cover of the soul classic The Way We Were. Last Chance and the Patti Labelle cover Down The Aisle are from that same album. With Come To Me too scored for the Studio One label. Here's another version, too bad the sound quality is really below average, seems it was straight dubbed from disc. Too bad they have included some more recent work, a kind of uptempo dancehall flavoured tunes such as a cover of Bette Midler's Wind Beneath My Wings and Dance With Me, which happens to be a misplaced cover of Bunny Wailer's 'Dancing Shoes'. The only good exception is the cut across the 'Queen Majesty' riddim called His Majesty on which they are accompanied by an unknown deejay.

If you used to be, or still are a fan of the Webber Sisters this is a nice album to enjoy some (nice) memories.