Duke Reid

Soul of Jamaica/Here Comes the Duke

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This disc brings together two of producer Duke Reid's original rocksteady albums from the late '60s. In addition to several stellar soul-jazz instrumentals by Reid's house band, Tommy McCook & the Supersonics, the 24 tracks take in wealth of classic vocals by the Techniques ("Run Come Celebrate"), Alton Ellis ("Willow Weep for Me"), Phyliss Dillon ("Long Time No Nice Time"), the Paragons ("My Best Girl"), and the Termites ("Love Up Kiss Up"). There are also fine cuts by Joya Landis (a cover of the '60s pop hit "Angel of the Morning"), the Jamaicans, and the Soul Lads. And this is not to forget the tight grooves behind the vocals, compliments of tenor saxophonist McCook and such Supersonics notables as trumpeter Johnny Moore, alto saxophonist Lester Sterling, guitarist Lyn Tait, and organist Winston Wright. A welcome reissue in a sea of ska and rocksteady compilations.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Joya Landis
3:06
2
feat: Alton Ellis
2:46
3
feat: Tommy McCook
3:17
4
feat: Joya Landis
2:17
5
feat: The Paragons
2:31
6
feat: Tommy McCook
2:12
7
feat: Alton Ellis
2:42
8 2:27
9
feat: Tommy McCook
2:30
10 2:44
11 2:27
12
feat: Tommy McCook
2:10
13
feat: Tommy McCook
2:02
14
feat: Tommy McCook
2:19
15 2:47
16
feat: Tommy McCook
2:11
17 1:50
18
feat: Soul Lads
2:55
19
feat: Ken Parker
2:02
20
2:15
21 1:59
22
feat: Joya Landis
2:55
23
feat: The Termites
2:15
24
feat: Soul Lads
2:54
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