Delroy Wilson

I'm in a Dancing Mood

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Jamaican singer Delroy Wilson was only 14-years-old when he first entered a recording studio, and although he died young, at 47, he still left behind over 30 years of remarkably consistent work. Like seemingly everyone else on the island, he got his start with producer Clement "Coxsone" Dodd at Studio One, but throughout his career, Wilson worked with several producers, most notably Bunny Lee and Lloyd Chalmers. This two-disc collection centers on his peak rocksteady and early reggae years, and includes many of his biggest hits ("Dancing Mood," "Riding for a Fall," "Conquer Me"). Wilson, once his voice changed, and his teen idol years were behind him, matured into one of Jamaica's finest soul singers, and he had an unerring ability to bring fresh nuances to familiar American soul tunes, illustrated here by his brilliant versions of "Get Ready" (originally done by the Temptations), and "It's the Same Old Song" (originally performed by the Four Tops). His raspy sincerity even brings depth to his cover of the Rays' 1957 hit "Two Silhouettes." Also included here are the early Jamaican hit "Joe Liges," written by Lee "Scratch" Perry, and two of Wilson's best performances, "Better Must Come" and "Cool Operator," both produced by Bunny Lee. It would have been nice if a couple of tracks from Sarge, an album produced by Lloyd Chalmers, could have been included, but that's a minor flaw in what is a pretty decent selection of tunes from this wonderful singer.

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