Lovers Rocking
Vivian Jones
Imperial House Music
July 30, 2013

Track list
  1. That Way
  2. You Say It Best
  3. Precious
  4. If You Want Me
  5. African Queen
  6. Worries Tonight
  7. This Time
  8. Buck Up On You
  9. Wonderful World
  10. Nice Lady
  11. Lovers Rocking
  12. Love You Babe
  13. You Are My Lover
  14. Checking Out Time
  15. Let's Go To Jamaica
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : -
Vivian Jones' musical career spans almost four decades by now. In 1976 he joined the band the Spartans and began to write his own material. A couple of bands later, he went solo and achieved his first number 1 in the reggae charts in 1980 with "Good Morning" and since then he has delivered many hit singles including "Sugar Love", "Extra Classic Super Fantastic Love", "The Hurt", "Strong Love", "Ethiopian Eyes", "African Love" and "Moment Of Magic", to name only a few. Vivian Jones has always been an uncategorizable artist, equally at home on love songs as on heavyweight roots numbers and always attempting something a little different. This is probably why he has achieved so many recognised acknowledgements.

"Lovers Rocking" is the title of this fine singer's brand new self produced album. The music included here has an optimistic feel, is often highly melodic and beautifully performed, and has lots of nice little touches. As the title of the album clearly indicates this collection of tunes mainly focuses on the affairs of the heart. The album opener "That Way" underlines Vivian Jones' proficiency with lovers rock material, as does the wonderful "If You Want Me", "Buck Up On You", "Nice Lady" (over a riddim that was utilized for A.J. Brown's "All Kinda People") and the excellent "Love You Baby". Other strong tracks you'll find here are his well done cover version of Ronan Keating's "When You Say Nothing At All", here retitled "You Say It Best", the beautiful "African Queen", our personal favourite "You Are My Lover" and "This Time", which comes across Beres Hammond's "They Gonna Talk" riddim.

Those who are looking for well produced UK lovers rock will hear much here that will please them.