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Harmony, Melody & Style

Lovers Rock and Rare Groove In The UK 1975-1992

Soul Jazz Records

Tracklisting

1.La Famille — All Night Long  Play
2.Louisa Marks — Caught You In A Lie  Play
3.Sandra Reid — Don't Tell Me Tell Her  Play
4.Carroll Thompson — Sing Me A Love Song  Play
5.Winston Curtis — Be Thankful For What You've Got  Play
6.Janet Kay — Feel No Way  Play
7.Paulette Tajah — Stop, Look, Listen  Play
8.Eva Sharp — Upside Down  Play
9.Valerie Harrison — You're No Good  Play
10.Anthony Brightly — I Love You  Play
11.Charmaine Burnett — Make It With You  Play
12.Sister C.C. — Stop Hurting Me  Play
13.Kofi — Black Pride  Play
14.Full Wood — Stop And Think It Over  Play
15.Christine White — Caught By Love  Play
16.Jean Adebambo — Paradise  Play
17.Trevor Hartley — It Must Be Love  Play
18.Blood Sisters — My Love Don't Come Easy  Play
19.Yvonne Archer — Ain't Nobody  Play
20.Louisa Marks — Even Though You're Gone  Play
21.The Cool Notes — People Make The World Go Round  Play
22.Legato — I Cares  Play
23.Candy McKenzie — Thinking of You  Play
24.Wendy Walker — We've Got One  Play
25.The Sadonians — Goodbye My Love  Play

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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 absorbed and mutate American soul styles into a distinctly British reggae sensibility.

 

The album includes classic and rare tracks and comes with extensive text, as well as interviews and features on artists, musicians and producers who helped define lovers rock as well as amazing exclusive photography charting the growth of the Caribbean community in Britain.

 

Lovers rock 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.

 

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.

 

The album is available as a double CD pack with slipcase, digital download and as limited-edition two super-loud separate volumes of double-vinyl, both with heavyweight card gatefold sleeves and vinyl, and as digital download.

 

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