CLANCY ECCLES & FRIENDS
TOP OF THE LADDER: ORIGINAL ALBUM PLUS BONUS TRACKS
By the early Seventies, Clancy Eccles sat firmly atop the reggae tree, having enjoyed a succession of hits both in Jamaica and the UK, where the bulk of his productions had seen issue on Trojan’s Clandisc subsidiary.
To capitalise on the popularity of his work, the London based record company chose to launch their new Big Shot label LP range with a collection comprising a dozen of his lesser known tracks that had remained unissued since being recorded two to three years earlier. Unfortunately, due to the age of the material, the resultant “Top Of The Ladder” album sounded dated compared to the reggae sounds of the day, with poor sales of the long-player leading to it being pulled after an initial pressing run of just a few hundred copies.