Ba Ba Boom Duke Reid [coll] – [Trojan Records]
“Ba Ba Boom Duke Reid” is a wonderful Trojan Records compilation release from 1988 showcasing the master producer Duke Reid and his classic rock steady and reggae works from 1967 to 1972. Starting in the 50’s in Jamaica, Reid had established himself as a producer of note, for a number of reasons. Seen as a perfectionist with a gun (literally), it took a certain personality to work with Reid. Those that did were able to come up with some of the classic representations of ska, rock steady and reggae of that time. The sixteen cuts on this compilation demonstrate the skill of Reid and the ability to pull stunning performances from the groups he worked with. With an emphasis on US soul, these cuts play out a smooth, solid, classic sound. Check out Phyllis Dillon’s version of “Midnight Confession”. Simple, to the point production, quality instrumentation without overkill, and Phyllis’ strong voice. Ummm Umm good. Justin Hinds and the Dominoes pull out two tracks, one being the classic “Carry Go Bring Home” which was brought to US fame by Selector back in the early ’80’s. This is a bit different take, but oh so strong. Each group/ singer on this collection puts forth a whole lotta rock steady fun. Play this and get ready to dance.