v/a - souljazz records presents harmony, melody and style - soul jazz records - cdSJRCD 253 - 63734 - uk2cd - €18.99
Genre: Reggae / Dub
1. La Famille - All Night Long (1983)
2. Louisa Marks - Caught You In A Lie (1975)
3. Sandra Reid - Don't Tell Me Tell Her (1983)
4. Carroll Thompson - Sing Me A Love Song (1981)
5. Winston Curtis - Be Thankful For What You've Got (1984)
6. Janet Kay - Feel No Way (1980)
7. Paulette Tajah - Stop, Look, Listen (1987)
8. Eva Smart - Upside Down (1980)
9. Valerie Harrison - You're No Good (1983)
10. Anthony Brightly - I Love You (1982)
11. Charmaine Burnett - Make It With You (1980)
12. Sister C.C. - Stop Hurting Me (1979)
13. Kofi - Black Pride (1987)
14. Full Wood - Stop And Think It Over (1979)
15. Christine White - Caught By Love (1979)
16. Jean Adebambo - Paradise (1980)
17. Trevor Hartley - It Must Be Love (1987)
18. Blood Sisters - My Love Don't Come Easy (1979)
19. Yvonne Archer - Ain't Nobody (1986)
20. Louisa Marks - Even Though You're Gone (1978)
21. The Cool Notes - People Make The World Go Round (1983)
22. Legato - I Cares (1982)
23. Candy McKenzie - Thinking Of You (1981)
24. Wendy Walker - We've Got One (1992)
25. The Sadonians - Goodbye My Love (1980)
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Soul Jazz Records's release Harmony, Melody and Style tells the story of lovers rock, which exploded in the UK in 1975, when an ex-Caribbean population of producers, artists and audience who had grown up in London, created for the first time a new uniquely British reggae sound.
Lovers rock mixed American soul music with Jamaican reggae. At the forefront of this movement were young black women – who became both the main stars of lovers rock (Janet Kay, Carroll Thompson and Louisa Marks) as well as its primary audience.
This explosion of musical artistry was partly a reaction against the strident political roots sound emanating from Jamaica during this period, as well as a defining of a unique Black British heritage which absorbed influences from the USA, Jamaica and the UK.
At the heart of lovers rock remained the soundsystem culture that Jamaican producers brought from the Caribbean and transposed to inner city London life.
Harmony, Melody and Style tells the story of lovers rock – from its soundsystem beginnings, its commercial explosion at the start of the 1980s and its underground continuance into the next decade as the founding producers continued to effortlessly absorb and mutate American soul, disco and rare groove styles into a distinctly British reggae sensibility.
The album includes classic and rare tracks and comes with extensive text, as well as interviews with artists, musicians and producers who helped define lovers rock as well as exclusive photography.