The Ladies At Joe Gibbs
17 North Parade
June 13, 2013

The Ladies at Joe Gibbs - Various Artists Track list
  1. Dhaima - Ina Jah Children
  2. Marcia Aitken & Trinity - My Man
  3. Christine Oliver - Gonna Get Along Without You Now
  4. Jem & Dean - Holiday Style
  5. Marcia Aitken & Ranking Joe - Let Me Go Boy
  6. Beverly Bailey - I Was In Love
  7. Althea - Downtown Thing
  8. Marcia Aitken - Danger In Your Eyes
  9. June Lodge - Someone Loves You Honey
  10. Marcia Aitken - I'm Still In Love With You
  11. Althea & Donna - Uptown Top Ranking (Extended Edited Version)
  12. Marcia Aitken & Ruddy Thomas - Emotion (Extended Edited Version)
  13. Hortense Ellis - I Can't Stand The Rain (Extended Edited Version)
  14. Julie Ann (Judy Mowatt) - The Gardener
  15. Carol Gonzales - Sweet Sensation
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 5
The legendary productions of Joe Gibbs have generated many of the reggae genre's biggest hits. The producer operated predominately between 1972 and 1984. This compilation brings together classic hits and rarities from the female artists Gibbs recorded. The songs and riddims are most familiar and underscore why Joe Gibbs productions were at the top of the genre during these prime years. Looking at the artists here we have to conclude that Judy Mowatt and June 'J.C.' Lodge went on to have major careers in reggae, while other names have faded more or less.

Marcia Aitken aka 'The first lady of Joe Gibbs' delivers no less than 5 tunes here. Her best known tune is Iím Still In Love With You which scored # 1 Pop hit in England. The song is a rendition of Alton Ellis' 1967 Studio One hit of the same name. Her follow up single was My Man, a smooth remake of the Treasure Isle classic 'My Girl' by the Techniques. The other three tunes didn't make the charts. The success of I'm Still In Love With You led to a whimsical follow up by teenage schoolgirl duo, Althea Forrest and Donna Reid. Despite the lyrics in the resulting release of Uptown Top Ranking being almost non-sensical to those unfamiliar with Jamaican patois, the song reached the UK charts towards the end of the year, and early 1978, hit the number one spot. Althea managed to garner a minor solo deejay hit in Jamaica with Downtown Thing, a splendid version of 'Please Be True' from the Studio One stable.

J.C. Lodge recorded Someone Loves You Honey, a minor contemporary hit for country singer Charley Pride, and quickly became one of the hottest selling tunes of 1981, both nationally and internationally. A costly legal battle concerning unpaid royalties over this hit brought an end to recordings from Gibbs. Dhaima, real name Sandra Matthews, was born in Nashville, Tennessee and launched her recording career in the US as part of an r&b duo. She entered Joe Gibbs stable as a singer and songwriter. Her signature hit Ina Jah Children was one of the most impressive tunes of 1978. Hortense Ellis - the younger sister of rocksteady's royal godfather, Alton Ellis - was the first female artist to record for Joe Gibbs in 1969. In 1979 she had a minor hit with her interpretation of the 1973 Ann Peebles' hit I Can't Stand The Rain. Just before entering the Wailers' female harmony trio, The I-Threes, she cut some sides for Gibbs under the moniker Julie Ann. The first was 'In Paradise' - a duet with Jackie Edwards, the second The Gardener is featured here.

The cd is accompanied by a 12 page booklet with interesting liner notes from Daddy Lion Chandell. Well worth checking out!