ABOUT THIS ITEM
Social Music serve a damn fine second collection of country & western and gospel-inspired Jamaican music originally issued on 45s in the '60s & '70s. Some were private pressings, others released on labels such as Glory, Henry's, Calvary, Chapel, Voice Voice, Evangelistic, Lighthouse, Sunshine Sacred, and Kangaroo, and they're all quite lovely. However, their devotional content should come as a surprise to many. We're used to hearing references to Jah and Haile Selassie from the island, but paeans to Jesus are far rarer and at the heart of this collection. Their provenance partly stems from the fact that Jamaican radio stations would turn off in the early evening, allowing the sounds of country and western, and gospel to drift in on higher wattage AM frequencies from the American south. While the country & western influence is perhaps more pronounced on this LP, we can still detect more explicit traces of reggae, especially in the skanking lilt of Glen Francis' 'Hold My Hand', as opposed to the stomp of American styles. Ace.
Joan Creary & Anthony - When I Look Back
Otis Wright - Some Day
Pilgrim Gordon & Berry - Yes I Know
Faith Brothers - There's Someone Who Cares
Loving Brothers - Samual
Glen Francis - Hold My Hand
Astley Dixon - Put No Blame On The Master
Marvettes - No Turning Back The Weary Traveler
Brother Nicky - Good Old Gospel Ship
Unknown Group - Lead Me Through The Darkness
Alton & Otis - Jesus Is The One.