Various artists album review
Big People Music Volume 3
13 - 12 - 1997

Tracking list

  1. John Holt - New and improved
  2. Jimmy Riley & Michelle Gordon - Private number
  3. Kashief Lindo - Soul & inspiration
  4. Johnny Orlando - Again
  5. Carlene Davis - Stealing love
  6. Donna Marie - After tonight
  7. Sanchez - Amazing grace
  8. Hopeton James - Dark end of the street
  9. Tim Chandell - Welcome back
  10. Judy Boucher - I can't stop loving you
  11. Roy Shirley - When you are young
  12. Jennifer Lara - Moonlight lover
  13. Cynthia Schloss - 12th Of never
  14. Paul Jackson - How sweet it is
  15. Sus - How could I let you get away
  16. Tinga Stewart - Look in my eyes
  17. Nerious Joseph - Hold me tight
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

This is the third (and strongest) volume in the "Big People Music" series. A lovers rock compilation album loaded with tracks trying to capture a mood, and aimed at the more "mature" listener to brighten up his romantic moments.
The term lovers rock inadvertently came from a south London based label of the same name. The name summed up the style of the moment just as the male dominated conscious drum and bass style was beginning to wear thin and female vocalists were deciding to do their own thing. A softer approach to life but still utilising "ruff'n'tuff" bassline, lovers rock made people just want to get closer and the music proved the key. Within a matter of months, lovers rock began to outsell the traditional roots music practically every time. The names Janet Kay, Carol Thompson, Louisa Marks, and Caron Wheeler were synonymous with the whole '70s and 80's musical revolution. The lovers rock phenomenon has clearly never gone away as audiences and dj's alike try to recapture, relive or even re-introduce themselves to this sound.
On Volume 3 you'll find lots of reworkings of classic lovers tunes. Donna Marie delivers a fine version of Matumbi's 1976 smash hit "After Tonight", Jimmy Riley's and Michelle Gordon's workout of the soul classic "Private Number" comes out very soulful, "Moonlight Lover" gets a nineties treat from Jennifer Lara, and the Sus does version number 324556 of "How Could I Let You Get Away".
Focussing on the soft sweet side of reggae, "Big People Music Volume 3" is a perfect album for romantic moods, and enjoying memories.

Teacher & Mr. T.