For more than four decades, Cornel Campbell has added jewel after jewl to the crown of Jamaican musical history, songs that can be heard in any good dancehall today, whether they come out of reggae, R&B or ska. Top of the list, the hits “Queen Of The Minstrels” and “Stars", recorded for Clement “Coxsone” Dodd at the legendary Studio One with the “Eternals". Known as the “Sam Cooke of Reggae", due to his unique soul-infused falsetto timbre, Campbell remains remarkably unknown outside of his native Caribbean. The fifth Moll-Selekta release, “Original Blue Recordings 1970-1979″ showcases many of his best tracks, soulful lovers renditions and more Rasta influenced roots songs. Compositions by Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke and particularly Curtis Mayfield figure among the timeless soul, lovers and roots evergreens to be found here. The compilation also features the hit “Just One Kiss (Magic Spell)", the single “Jah Jah Me No Horn Yah” and the - even on single - previously unreleased dub version of “Devil In Bed” (on the CD only). Renowned bands The Aggrovators, Soul Syndicate and the High Time Players provided the backing at Channel One, Harry J’s, Randys and Dynamics whilst the mix was done at no lesser than King Tubby’s. Bunny ‚Striker’ Lee, one of the Islands’ most important producers, who worked with Campbell in perhaps his finest and most prolific days in the Seventies, was responsible for production. Relive the crowning years of Kingston, Jamaica, 1970 to 1979 with Cornel Campbell at the peak of his powers. A must for serious reggae fans and a perfect introduction for the more casual observer.
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