Various artists album review
Big People Music Volume 7
Charm-Jet Star
04 - 08 - 2001

Tracking list

  1. Lorenzo - God Is Standing By
  2. George Nooks - Lean On Me
  3. Ambelique - Walk Away From Love
  4. Selah Collins - Empress
  5. Winston Reedy - Yvonne
  6. Donna Marie - Breakfast In Bed
  7. Shadon - Battering Down Sentence
  8. Winston Reedy & Shadon - You Don't Have To Be A Star
  9. Peter Hunnigale & Theresa Jae - Find A Way
  10. Winston Francis - Rainy Night In Georgia
  11. Donna Marie - Do Right
  12. Shadon - Moonlight Lover
  13. Trevor African - Joan
  14. Debbie Gordon - Search For A Hero
  15. Cave Singers - Medley
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

The compilation set "Big People Music Volume 7" is Jet Star's latest instalment in their 'Big People Music' series. 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.
This cd features a remake of George Nooks hitsingle God Is Standing By here performed by Lorenzo. George Nooks comes next with his rendition of the Bill Wither's classic Lean On Me. The man with the golden voice, Ambelique, comes up with a do-over of Walk Away With Love. Newcomer Selah Collins contributes a decent tune called Empress and Donna Marie tackles Breakfast In Bed and the soul classic Do Right. There's also a roots tune included here, newcomer Shadon with Bunny Wailer's Battering Down Sentence and the same artist also licks Joya Landis Moonlight Lover. The combination Peter Hunnigale and Theresa Joe are present here with the excellent Find A Way, a tune which was a hit for Bounty Killer and Marcia Griffiths. The album closes with a medley of standards by the Cave Singers. Fifteen melodic and sweet tunes here for the mellow periods in your life !

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