Various Artists

Lovers Rock (The Soulful Sound of Romantic Reggae)

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The first British reggae sub-genre to achieve ‘outernational’ success and influence the music of Jamaica, lovers rock was a dominating force in the UK scene, from the mid-Seventies through to the close of the Eighties.

Developed largely as a counterpoint to the more militant style of roots reggae, the romantically-themed genre was heavily influenced by the styles of US R&B and the predominantly soulful Jamaican rock steady sound of the Sixties.

Comprising the most popular and influential recordings in the style, the collection includes works by such legendary British performers as Janet Kay, Carroll Thompson and Louisa Mark, alongside established Jamaican reggae royalty, notably Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, John Holt and Sugar Minott.

With its focus firmly upon the best-loved romantic reggae sounds of the Seventies and Eighties (whilst the 3CD set also digs deep into the archive), this essential collection of dancefloor favourites provides the most authentic representation of lovers rock sounds yet to see issue.


Silly Games – Janet Kay
Hopelessly In Love - Carroll Thompson
I'm In Love With A Dreadlocks - Brown Sugar
Devoted To You - Sister Stern
Choose Me (7" mix) - Dennis Bovell as African Stone
Just A Little Bit - Carroll Thompson
Baby Love - Winston Reedy
(Love Comes From The Most) Unexpected Places - Hortense Ellis
Spell (7" mix) - Sylvia Tella
I Can't Give You Anything (But My Love) (7" mix) - The J Sisters
I'm Still In Love With You - Marcia Aitken
Can't Go Through With Life - Marie Pierre
Keep It Like It Is - Louisa Mark
African Queen - Errol Campbell
Reflections Of My Life (7” mix) - Barry Biggs & Ruddy Thomas
Moi Emma Ooh - Winston Reedy
Cry - Angelique
When I Think Of You (7" mix) - Ruddy Thomas
Baby My Love - Fil Callendar & The In Crowd
Caught You In A Lie - Louisa Mark
Money In My Pocket (1978 version) – Dennis Brown
We’ve Got A Good Thing Going – Sugar Minott
You Make Me Feel So Good – Ruddy Thomas & Susan Cadogan
Dim The Light – Winston Reedy
Someone Loves You, Honey – June ‘J.C.’ Lodge
Taxi (7” mix) – Leroy Brown
Loving Pauper - Ruddy Thomas
You Will Never Find Another Love Like Mine - John Holt
Sweet Man - The In Crowd
Walk Away From Love (7” mix) - Ken Boothe
I’m Hurtin' Inside - Marcia Griffiths
Hooked On You - Delroy Wilson
Night Nurse – Gregory Isaacs
I’m So Sorry – Carroll Thompson
Getting Cozy (7” mix) - The In Crowd
When Push Comes To Shove – Freddie McGregor
Lovers Race - Sugar Minott
Wildfire – Dennis Brown & John Holt
Personally Speaking - Winston Reedy
Just One Moment Away - Ruddy Thomas
Supernatural Thing - Richard Ace
Hold On To What You've Got (7” mix) - Dennis Brown
Side Show (dancehall mix) - Barry Biggs
My Last Date (With You) - T. T. Ross
Lover's Rock In A J.A. Style - Freddie McGregor
Portrait of You - Gladwin Wright
I’m Still Waiting (12” mix) – Delroy Wilson
Walk Away (7" mix) - Marie Pierre
Love Has Found A Way – Dennis Brown
Paradise (In Your Eyes) – Winston Reedy
Ghetto Queen – John Holt
Key To The World – Ruddy Thomas