Various artists album review
Big People Music Volume 4
22 - 12 - 1998
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 3/4||Sleeve : 3/4|
A year after Jet Star released the third volume in the "Big People Music" series they have come up with the next volume. Just like the other three volumes it's 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.
Volume 4 showcases the production qualities of Bunny 'Striker' Lee (10 tracks !) featuring vocalists Jackie Edwards, John Holt, Leroy Smart, Delroy Wilson and Marlene Wenster. The sorely missed Jackie 'Original Cool Ruler' Edwards delivers 5 songs, three of them in combination with sweet voiced female vocalists. Delroy Wilson does a nice remake of his Studio One standard Dancing Mood. Other stand out tracks are Jimmy Riley's You Stop Loving Me, The Marvels' Heaven Must have Sent You, Tyrone Taylor's When You're Down and Carlton Harriott's Action. Leroy Smart's Shame & Pride is the strongest track on this album, which is a must for all lovers rock connoisseurs.