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Some of the greatest riddims of all time and a absolutely brilliant voice, the best reggae release for almost a decade. Ok, I really love the rocksteady and early reggae stuff, but believe me: you have to get it!

Bitty McLean is one of the sweetest voices in reggae and had a No.2 hit with british-lovers-song “It Keeps Raining” (Fats Domino, Dave Bartholomew) in 1994. Ten years later he teamed up with Duke & Chris Peckings, sons of London’s famous Studio One & Treasure Isle outlet owner George “Peckings” Price and selected a handful of time-honoured tracks from Treasure Isles rocksteady days and rework them, with Bitty providing vocals and the Peckings producing a fatter sound. They have done a wonderful job of bringing these tunes back with the original flavour, the original riddims were recorded by the Treasure Isle house band Tommy McCook & The Supersonics. The opening track “walk away from love”, Alton Ellis’ “Rock Steady” rhythm from 1967 is revisited by Bitty with lyrics from Motowns Temptations´ hit of the same name. Other tunes are first ever vocal recorded versions: “tell me” over the 1971 instrumental “ranglin On Bond Street”, “your heart” is using the “Folk Song” 1966 riddim. Several other songs are provided by Bitty with melodically and lyrically new great lovers vocals, i.e. Joy Landis´ 1968 “Moonlight Lover”, the stomping “I Shall Wear A Crown”-riddim by the Richards Brothers or the Tommy McCook & Lester Sterling 1966 instrumental “Inez”. It’s unbelievably how Bitty McLean really graces the tunes with his soulful lovers lyrics, all my respect to Peckings for bringing back all these classical rocksteady (and some ska) riddims. The vinyl is one of the finest in my collection, gatefold cover, lovely layout, detailed liner notes and background informations, buy it if you like it! At the moment Bitty McLean is back in the studio, with Sly & Robbie!!

Now clap your hands and stamp your feet, this happens to be the Treasure Isle treat.

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