Mittwoch, 16. September 2020

VA - Put On Your Best Dress - Sonia Pottinger´s Rocksteady 1967 - 68

Sonia Pottinger is not only one of the few women producers in Jamaica, but, also one of the most successful. Three of her productions were included on a list of top 100 Jamaican hits of all time compiled by Clinton Lindsay of WNWK-FM in New York. Joe White's 1968 recording of "Every Night" was listed as number 40, while Delano Stewart's 1968 single of "That's Life" placed 86, and Marcia Griffith's 1976 single of "Dreamland" placed 98. Pottinger was also responsible for recordings by Judy Mowatt, Sister Carol, and Culture, many of which were released on her High Note label. Pottinger proved adept at recruiting talented session musicians for her recordings. Among the musicians that she used were Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Ernest Ranglin, Earl "Wire" Lindo, Dean Fraser, Roland Alphonso, and Count Ossie. Pottinger has also been involved with the Heartbeat label. Sonia Pottinger died on 3 November 2010 in Kingston, Jamaica.

In an industry dominated by a handful of male producers, Sonia Pottinger emerged during the rocksteady and early reggae years of the late '60s to cut songs worthy of the competition. Often recording at Duke Reid's Treasure Isle studio and employing Lynn Taitt & the Jets as a backup band, Pottinger mostly focused on vocal tracks by both solo singers and harmony groups. This fine compilation on Attack features many classic examples, including the Gaylads' "Hard to Confess," the Melodians' "Little Nut Tree" and "Swing and Dine," Ken Boothe's "Say You," and Monty Morris' title track. Reflecting Pottinger's breadth, the disc also includes an early DJ side by Charlie Ace, a rudeboy standard by the Valentines, and some calypso and nyahbinghi-inspired work by Patsy and the Basie Band.


1 –The Conquerors What A Agony
2 –The Valentines (3) Blam Blam Fever
3 –Al And The Vibrators* Move Up
4 –Monty Morris* Play It Cool
5 –The Melodians Swing And Dine
6 –Johnny & The Attractions Young Wings Can Fly
7 –Patsy Todd And The Count Ossie Band* Pata Pata Rock Steady
8 –The Valentines (3) All In One
9 –Monty Morris* Put On Your Best Dress
10 –Stranger Cole & Patsy* Tell It To Me
11 –The Gaylads Hard To Confess
12 –The Conquerors Won't You Come Home
13 –The Melodians Little Nut Tree
14 –Charlie Ace Creation Version
15 –The Gaylads I Need Your Loving
16 –Ken Boothe Say You

VA - Sonia Pottinger´s Rocksteady - Put On Your Best Dress
(320 kbps, cover art included)

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