Phyllis Dillon

Midnight Confessions: Classic Rock Steady & Reggae 1967-71

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Unquestionably the Queen of rocksteady, you only need a few takes of Dillon to fall in love with her infectious soprano. This compilation features rock steady renditions of pop/soul hits and enough originals to please traditionalists. She possesses an exciting, pretty voice that massages lyrics for the sole purpose of melting your heart. Remakes of Bettye Swann's "Make Me Yours," Kitty Lesters' "Love Letters," and "Woman of the Ghetto," rate with the originals. Her first recording "Don't Stay Away," and the sassy "Perfidia," are two early hits. One glaring omission,"One Life to Live," makes you believe more Dillon compilations are coming. She duets with Hopeton Lewis, and Alton Ellis on a few tracks as well. An essential artist who left the business too quick to be all she could be musically.

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