Jimmy London – Bridge Over Troubled Waters

by Jan 8, 2021Artist, Reviews

Jimmy London - Bridge Over Troubled Waters
Jimmy London

Release Info

Jimmy London – Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Label:  Doctor Bird/Cherry Red Records | Format: DBL CD-DR | Street date: January 8, 2021 | Website label | Facebook label

Tracks

DISC 1: Bridge Over Troubled Water

  1. Bridge Over Troubled Water
  2. Shake A Hand
  3. Just My Imagination
  4. Jamboree
  5. Hanging Up My Heart
  6. A Little Love
  7. Make The Night A Little Longer
  8. Walk With Love
  9. It’s Now Or Never
  10. They Don’t Know
  11. Hip Hop Hooray
  12. Jamaican Festival ’72
  13. I’ll Never Find Another You
  14. Sad Mood
  15. Lloyd Parks – Stars
  16. Dennis Brown – Cheater
  17. The Rocking Horse – Change Your Ways
  18. Max Romeo & The Freedom Group – Sing A Song Of Freedom
  19. The Impact All Stars – Down By The Riverside (aka Riverside Reggae)
  20. Dennis Brown – Meet Me At The Corner
  21. Impact All STars – Meet Me At The Corner (Version)
  22. Tommy McCook & Impact All Stars – Harvest In The East
  23. Rocking Horse – Hard Times
  24. Dennie Alcapone – Stars (Version)

DISC 2: Randy’s Reggae

  1. The Ethopians – Free Man Aka True Man
  2. Max Romeo – Chi Chi Bud aka Chie Chie Bud
  3. Carl Murphy – Lick I Pipe
  4. Augustus Pablo – Java
  5. Impact All Stars – Java (Version 2)
  6. Dennis Alcapone – Mava
  7. The Ethipoians – Sad News
  8. Errol Dunkley – Created By The Fater
  9. The Vibrators – Go Back
  10. Winston Price – Go Back (Version 3)
  11. The Ethipoians – Me Want Gal
  12. Hubert Lee – There Is Something On Your Mind
  13. Val Bennet – There Is Something On Your Mind (Version)
  14. Alton Ellis – Too Late To Turn Back
  15. The Ethipoians – Rim Bim Bam
  16. Donovan Carless – Sweet Caroline
  17. Impact All Stars – Sweet Caroline (Version)
  18. Errol Dunkley – Lord
  19. The Ethiopians – Mr. Tom
  20. The Heptones – Soul Sister
  21. Winston Prince – Dandy Shandy (Version 4)
  22. Gregory Isaacs – Lonely Soldier
  23. Impact All Stars – Lonely Soldier (Version)

Compliments to the independent Cherry Red Records label for their longstanding and ongoing commitment to the release of some fine vintage from the reggae vaults. Their latest release focuses on the much-overlooked crooner and Jamaican native Jimmy London (aka Trevor Shaw). London’s popular but rare Bridge Over Troubled Waters album release from 1972 is re-issued here and is ably augmented with 4 bonus tracks.

Gems

However, this double-cd, which is comprised of a whopping 47 tracks in total, also features numerous gems, as showcased in the UK over the 1971-73 period via Trojan’s Randy’s subsidiary label. Hence, the release – with almost 20 tracks that are new to cd format – is comprised of some classic inputs from luminaries like the aforementioned London and his Impact All Stars, Alton Ellis, Max Romeo, Denis Alcapone, Lloyd Parks, the Heptones, the Ethiopians and Errol Dunkley.

Romantics

The 14 London tracks on the first CD are a must for the romantics, where his sensuously sweet delivery is driven by some rollicking rhythms via pacey percussion and beautifully embellished with some brilliant brass. These tracks also serve as a reminder as to why London was such a chart success in the 70s. This is readily apparent (from his recordings at Randy’s studio) of such hits as A Little Love and (Simon and Garfunkel’s) Bridge Over Troubled Waters tracks. It is also evident in other inputs that namecheck his Impact All Stars’ accomplices. These ‘All Stars’ also feature via some quality versions of Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Augustus Pablo, and Donovan Carless’ classics, whilst linking up with Tommy McCook for a solid and soulful rendition of Harvest In The East.

Troubled Troubadour

The (still active) London’s time with Rocking Horse is also acknowledged via the inclusion of 3 tracks therefrom, with Hard Time effectively ensuring that his repertoire can extend beyond themes of love and romance. The collection also features Gregory Isaacs’ Lonely Soldier, offering a foretaste of the seductive sound that would eventually materialise in a host of classics from this troubled troubadour. The ever-popular Augustus Pablo Java track also features and is inevitably one of the most inventive and invigorating of the complete set.

Welcome Re-issue

All in all, this is a welcome re-issue and a timely reminder of reggae’s roots. Many of these roots are celebrated in the informative 16-page booklet that accompanies the release that runs to well over 2 hours listening time (at a bargain basement price). Here’s hoping that the popular, varied and versatile Cherry Red label can continue in this vein far into the future.

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