Posted: Feb 20, 2008 8:15 pm
So, who's the Jamaican Otis Redding?
Try Ken Boothe or John Holt. Stick with the older stuff as they both did some somewhat cheesy and overproduced songs in the 70s. Boothe's probably my favorite for pure vocals.
Freedom Street LP on the Beverly's label. Might also be on CD.
A Man and His Hits - CD on Heartbeat. Studio One stuff.
Everything I Own - Nice 2-CD comp on Trojan. If you're just going to get one, this might be it. Doesn't have the great Moving Away, though.
Live Good LP on United Artists. This is actually not that hard to find - late 70s attempt to market reggae to U.S. audience. Tracks are from late 60s/early 70s, though. If you ever see this for a reasonable price, BUY IT IMMEDIATELY. You won't regret it.
The Trojan 3-CD box set Soulful Reggae is devoted entirely to (mostly) soul covers. Some are better than others...
Alton Ellis is great too.