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Lovers Rock (The Soulful Sound of Romantic Reggae)

Various Artists

Trojan / BMG



2LP

Released: 27th May 2022

£27.99


3CD

Released: 27th May 2022

£18.99


The first British reggae sub-genre to achieve ‘outernational’ success and influence the music of Jamaica, lovers rock was a dominating force in the UK scene, from the mid-Seventies through to the close of the Eighties.

Developed largely as a counterpoint to the more militant style of roots reggae, the romantically-themed genre was heavily influenced by the styles of US R&B and the predominantly soulful Jamaican rock steady sound of the Sixties. Despite the style achieving mainstream success with a number of major UK chart hits, lovers rock received scant attention in the mainstream media until the screening of Steve’s McQueen’s award-winning 2020 BBC TV series, “Small Axe”, the highlight of which was an aptly titled episode that paid tribute to the style and its impact upon British culture. Since then, interest in the genre has continued to grow internationally and reflecting this trend comes this handsomely packaged album which is presented in 2 physical formats – 2x LP and 3CD. Comprising the most popular and influential recordings in the style, the collection includes works by such legendary British performers as Janet Kay, Carroll Thompson and Louisa Mark, alongside established Jamaican reggae royalty, notably Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, John Holt and Sugar Minott. With its focus firmly upon the best-loved romantic reggae sounds of the Seventies and Eighties (whilst the 3CD set also digs deep into the archive), this essential collection of dancefloor favourites provides the most authentic representation of lovers rock sounds yet to see issue.

Various Artists

Tracklist

LP1 - SIDE 1:

1.           Silly Games – Janet Kay

2.           Hopelessly In Love – Carroll Thompson

3.           I’m In Love With A Dreadlocks - Brown Sugar

4.           I’m Still In Love With You – Marcia Aitken

5.           Keep It Like It Is - Louisa Mark

6.           Can’t Go Through With Life - Marie Pierre

7.           Caught You In A Lie – Louisa Mark

 

LP1 - SIDE 2:

1.           We’ve Got A Good Thing Going – Sugar Minott

2.           Money In My Pocket – Dennis Brown

3.           You Make Me Feel So Good – Ruddy Thomas & Susan Cadogan

4.           Dim The Light – Winston Reedy

5.           Someone Loves You, Honey – June ‘J.C.’ Lodge

6.           Taxi – Leroy Brown

 

LP2 - SIDE 1:

1.           Night Nurse – Gregory Isaacs

2.           I’m So Sorry – Carroll Thompson

3.           Getting Cozy - The In Crowd

4.           When Push Comes To Shove – Freddie McGregor

5.           Lovers Race - Sugar Minott

6.           Wildfire – Dennis Brown & John Holt

 

LP2 - SIDE 2:

1.           I’m Still Waiting – Delroy Wilson

2.           Walk Away - Marie Pierre

3.           Love Has Found A Way – Dennis Brown

4.           Paradise (In Your Eyes) – Winston Reedy

5.           Ghetto Queen – John Holt

6.           Key To The World – Ruddy Thomas



CD1

1.           Silly Games – Janet Kay

2.           Hopelessly In Love - Carroll Thompson

3.           I'm In Love With A Dreadlocks - Brown Sugar

4.           Devoted To You - Sister Stern

5.           Choose Me (7" mix) - Dennis Bovell as African Stone

6.           Just A Little Bit - Carroll Thompson

7.           Baby Love - Winston Reedy

8.           (Love Comes From The Most) Unexpected Places - Hortense Ellis

9.           Spell (7" mix) - Sylvia Tella

10.         I Can't Give You Anything (But My Love) (7" mix) - The J Sisters

11.         I'm Still In Love With You - Marcia Aitken

12.         Can't Go Through With Life - Marie Pierre

13.         Keep It Like It Is - Louisa Mark

14.         African Queen - Errol Campbell

15.         Reflections Of My Life (7” mix) - Barry Biggs & Ruddy Thomas

16.         Moi Emma Ooh - Winston Reedy

17.         Cry - Angelique

18.         When I Think Of You (7" mix) - Ruddy Thomas

19.         Baby My Love - Fil Callendar & The In Crowd

20.         Caught You In A Lie - Louisa Mark

 

CD2

1.           Money In My Pocket (1978 version) – Dennis Brown

2.           We’ve Got A Good Thing Going – Sugar Minott

3.           You Make Me Feel So Good – Ruddy Thomas & Susan Cadogan

4.           Dim The Light – Winston Reedy

5.           Someone Loves You, Honey – June ‘J.C.’ Lodge

6.           Taxi (7” mix) – Leroy Brown

7.           Loving Pauper - Ruddy Thomas

8.           You Will Never Find Another Love Like Mine - John Holt

9.           Sweet Man - The In Crowd

10.         Walk Away From Love (7” mix) - Ken Boothe

11.         I’m Hurtin' Inside - Marcia Griffiths

12.         Hooked On You - Delroy Wilson

13.         Groovy Situation - Keith Rowe

14.         Investigator - Cornel Campbell

15.         Baby Love (1978 mix) - The Sensations

16.         Have You Ever Been In Love - Dennis Brown

17.         People Are Doing It Every Day - Delroy Wilson

18.         I Want To Make It With You (12" mix) - Carroll Thompson & Sugar Minott

19.         Sweetie Come Brush Me - John Holt

20.         Can't Buy My Love – Dhaima


CD3:

1.           Night Nurse – Gregory Isaacs

2.           I’m So Sorry – Carroll Thompson

3.           Getting Cozy (7” mix) - The In Crowd

4.           When Push Comes To Shove – Freddie McGregor

5.           Lovers Race - Sugar Minott

6.           Wildfire – Dennis Brown & John Holt

7.           Personally Speaking - Winston Reedy

8.           Just One Moment Away - Ruddy Thomas

9.           Supernatural Thing - Richard Ace

10.         Hold On To What You've Got (7” mix) - Dennis Brown

11.         Side Show (dancehall mix) - Barry Biggs

12.         My Last Date (With You) - T. T. Ross

13.         Lover's Rock In A J.A. Style - Freddie McGregor

14.         Portrait of You - Gladwin Wright

15.         I’m Still Waiting (12” mix) – Delroy Wilson

16.         Walk Away (7" mix) - Marie Pierre

17.         Love Has Found A Way – Dennis Brown

18.         Paradise (In Your Eyes) – Winston Reedy

19.         Ghetto Queen – John Holt

20.         Key To The World – Ruddy Thomas