Various artists album review
The Inspirations And Friends
19 - 04 - 1998
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 3/4||Sleeve : 4|
The last scheduled release in a series of Trojan compact discs highlighting the output of highly respected Jamaican producer Joe Gibbs, 'Reggae Fever' brings together some of his best known releases from 1969 and 1970. First issued in 1970, the album 'Reggae Fever' was primarily a vehicle to showcase The Inspirations, one of Jamaica's leading vocal groups, fronted by the hugely talented Jimmy London. Now this album has been made available on cd with a further 14 tracks from the period added to the original listing.|
The Inspirations recorded some sides for producer Lee Perry, before teaming up with Joe Gibbs. Seven tracks on 'Reggae fever' are versions of late sixties reggae hits such as 'Fattie Fattie' (not The Heptones cut !), Max Romeo's 'Wet Dreams', The Melodians' 'Sweet Sensation' and The Pioneers' 'Samfie Man'. Late 1970 the duo parted company with Joe Gibbs, recording sides for Lee Perry and a one-off single for the Top Cat imprint, prior to going their seperate ways in the beginning of 1971.
Top session guitarist Lloyd 'Gitsy' Willis was credited as composer on two of the three instrumentals, including the title track, which uses the riddim of The Techniques all time hit, 'You Don't Care'. That same riddim is also featured on the two 'Franco Nero' tracks. The Destroyers' 'Niney Special' utilizes the riddim track of The Reggae Boys 'Mama Look Deh' and 'Danger Zone' is an instrumental version of Ken Parker's cut 'Only Yesterday'.
Almost all of the material featured on this set has remained unissued for almost thirty years and this cd will satisfy anyone with an above average interest in vintage reggae.