Time A Go Dread
Lloyd Parks
Pressure Sounds
CD / Dbl Vinyl LP / Digital Release
December 13, 2016

Track list
  1. Money For Jam
  2. Money For Jam Version
  3. Push Push
  4. Push Version
  5. Time A Go Dread
  6. Dread Dub
  7. Mafia
  8. Mafia Version
  9. Wallie Bucker - Take A Ride
  10. Shake Up Yu Dread
  11. Shake Up Dubwise
  12. Strike
  13. Part 2
  14. Slaving
  15. Slaving Version
  16. Dillinger - Money Done
  17. Doney
  18. Famine
  19. Come Back Early
  20. Version 2
  21. Girl In The Morning
  22. Girl In The Morning Part 2
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Over the years, the Pressure Sounds label has unearthed rare albums and collections of 7" singles and made them available for avid fans of vintage reggae music, who for whatever reason weren't able to purchase them at the time of their initial release. The label's latest compilation, the 93rd album! in their majestic catalogue, is a gorgeous collection of self-produced singles from Lloyd Parks.

Reggae icon Lloyd Parks is probably best known as the legendary bass player who was a prominent member of studio bands like The Invicibles (with Ansell Collins on organ, Sly Dunbar on drums and Bertram ‘Ranchie’ Mclean on guitar), Skin, Flesh & Bones (along with Ansell Collins on keyboards, Tarzan on keyboards, and Ranchie McLean on guitar), The Revolutionaries and Joe Gibbs' house band The Professionals. In 1974, he founded the We The People, who backed Dennis Brown on tour for over 20 years and until this day are still backing reggae artists. However, in addition to his bass playing Lloyd Parks is also a real fine singer with "Slaving", "Mafia" and "Time A Go Dread" being his best known singles.

In 1967 Lloyd Parks teamed up with Wentworth Vernon and formed a vocal duo named the Termites, who recorded their first single, "Have Mercy Mr. Percy", and then an album called "Do The Rocksteady" for Coxsone Dodd's Studio One label. After three years, the duo split and Parks was drafted into the Techniques to replace Pat Kelly, joining Dave Barker and producer Winston Riley. Although he was only in the line-up for a brief period, he was reputed to have sung on the classic "You Don't Care". He then embarked on a solo career and later started his own record label, Parks. His solo recording "Stars" (a cover of Cornell Campbell's Studio One classic) for Clive Chin's Impact label was a minor hit, but it was with the 1972 recorded pivotal reggae song "Slaving" that he really made his name as a vocalist internationally. He was now writing and singing prolifically and it was Trojan Records that then released several albums of his songs including "Officially" (1974), "Girl In The Morning" (1975) and "Loving You" (1976).

The not that well known soulful moody roots gem "Money For Jam" from 1972 gets things going in a big way. Lloyd Parks expressive voice fully shines which, next to its lyrical content, makes this tune a real joy to listen to. The 1974 roots thriller "Push Push", features the Skin, Flesh & Bones band and was recorded at Channel One & Randy's with engineers being Errol "ET" Thompson & Ernest Hoo Kim. A big tune fi real, followed by another excellent piece, the killer "Time A Go Dread". And the gems just keep on coming!! After all those years and countless spins, "Mafia" (together with its version previously featured on the 1999 released Pressure Sounds compilation "Sounds & Pressure Vol. 4") stills sounds great. Two productions of other artists done by Lloyd Parks are also included here of which Wallie Bucker's "Take A Ride" is the first to appear. It shows that Lloyd Parks is not only a gifted musician, vocalist and concious lyricist, but also a producer who knows how to get the best out of an artist. Unfortunately it's the only song he did with this rather unknown singer from Port Antonio, because Wallie Bucker died soon after that recording. Next comes two of probably his most unknown songs; the beautiful "Shake Up Yu Dread" and the matching "Strike". Just like "Mafia", it's still a joy to hear "Slaving" leap off your speakers despite the fact that you've played this tune so many times. Dillinger's "Money Done" is the second tune of an other artist produced by Lloyd Parks. "Money make friends and money brakes friends...", good to have this scorcher from Dilinger included here as well. Back to the singer Lloyd Parks whose moving sufferers tune "Famine" is a tune of sheer beauty. The last two tracks show that he's also able to deliver romantic offerings worth hearing. Almost every track is accompanied by its dub version, which is the icing on the cake.

A peerless compilation that shouldn't be overlooked. Simply needs to be part of any vintage reggae collection.