In 1972, one of Jamaica's most popular and successful singers, John Holt, teamed up with British-born record producer, Tony Ashfield to create a style of reggae aimed at appealing to music listeners of all ages and colours throughout the world. By combining Jamaican rhythms with sophisticated western arrangements, the pair succeeded in their aim, producing an album that exceeded all expectations. ‘The Further You Look’ set the standard for what later became widely known as ‘pop reggae’ and quickly became a must-have album for a broad spectrum of record buyers, selling in vast numbers amongst both black and white communities.
A British reissue label that specializes in ska, rocksteady, and reggae releases by Jamaican producers like Leslie Kong and Duke Reid, Trojan Records has a deep Jamaican catalog from the late '60s and early '70s, and it’s a time capsule the imprint dips into for various compilations on a regular basis.
Originally issued by Creole Records in 1978; the In Crowd's best-selling 'His Majesty Is Coming' album finally receives its due respect with this long-overdue reissue. Augmented by a number of the group's non-album recordings from the period; plus Phil Callender's most popular late seventies solo material; this is in essence a 'best of'; which is truly an essential collection for any self-respecting fan of Roots Reggae.
After a successful career as a vocalist in the Charmers and Uniques vocal groups, Lloyd ‘Charmers’ Tyrell made his mark as one of Jamaica’s most influential record producers. From 1969 to 1973, he produced and released an array of local hits on his Splash Records label, featuring himself along with some of the island’s leading performers, most notably Ken Boothe, Bob Andy and BB Seaton.
Digitally remastered and expanded edition. After launching his Beverley's Records label in the early 1960s, Leslie Kong quickly established a reputation as being one of the sharpest operators in the Jamaican music business. By the close of the decade he had exceeded all expectations for a Kingston-based record producer after releasing a number of recordings that not only topped the local charts, but also breached pop listings around the world.
The Style that inspired Two Tone in the late '70s and artists such as Lily Allen and Amy Winehouse today originated in Jamaica some 20 years earlier and this collection provides the perfect introduction to its irresistible rhythms. Included are some of the biggest hits of the era including 'I'm In The Mood For Love', 'The Tide Is High' and 'Train To Skaville' alongside other classic tracks by some of the genre's greatest exponents such as Tommy McCook, Derrick Morgan, Jimmy Cliff and many more.