Cover versions have always been an integral part of Jamaican music and an indication of the wide-ranging influences on reggae and the versatility and adaptability of its artists, musicians and producers in their approach to music making. Anything and everything could be, and has been, incorporated into the mix over the years but it is what reggae's artists, producers and engineers did with their sources that make their cover versions so special and so vitally important; in many cases their versions have travelled so far from their starting point that they are virtually unrecognisable. This set, compiled by reggae historian Steve Barrow, not only demonstrates the massive influence of American soul and disco releases on Jamaican music but also showcases the wholly original approach of Jamaica's musical maestros.
The track listing for 'Doing Our Thing' reads like a roll call of some of the best of Jamaica's greatest ever singers, deejays, musicians and producers and the selection opens with one of reggae's first ever artists to break into the international charts. In 1971 the inimitable Dave Barker, as one half of 'Dave & Ansel Collins', hit all around the globe with 'Double Barrel' which was inspired by two American records 'The Funkie Moon' by Smokey Johnson & Company and 'Party Time' by Ramsey Lewis.
1: Johnny Dollar Dave Barker 2: Double Heavy Dave Barker 3: Life Of A Millionaire Dave Barker 4: Travelling On Lloyd Charmers 5: Do Your Thing Glen Adams
1: Too Late To Turn Back Now Alton Ellis 2: Too Late Augustus Pablo 3: Thin Line Between Love and Hate BB Seaton 4: South African Reggae Cedric Brooks 5: Breezing Willie Lindo
1: Cornbread, Earl & Me Dillinger 2: Supernatural Thing Richard Ace 3: Ain't Too Proud To Beg Junior Byron
1: Run Babylon Run Roots Convention 2: You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine John Holt 3: Ain’t That Loving You Hortense Ellis 4: Special Request To The Manhattans Phillip Frazer
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