November 16, 2007

Laurel Aitken - Woke Up This Morning

This man does not need an introduction. A born Cuban he moved to Jamaica at the age of 11 in 1938. He has been recording since the early 50's and is still going strong.
But if you're interested in more information checkout his website:

This song is from the 1969 album on Economy ( a Pama records production).
I'm mostly into his ballads and early ska songs ( but that should not be a surprise to you).

My favorite song by him is "I can't stand it".

I was looking for that song for ages, I knew from the "Suriname Collectors Scene" that it was a great ballad. But I never heard the song.

So one day I visited a record seller I had gotten to know at a record fair.
The first record I saw hanging on the wall of his studio was................. you guest right "I Can't Stand It by Laurel Aitken on the original Giant label".

After I found out he did not like the record and it was there just for decoration it got included in the trade.


November 13, 2007

Clarence Carter - If I Stay (Venture 141) '81

Clarence Alabama Music Hall Of Fame

Clarence Carter released 2 albums on the "Venture" label. The first earned him the titel "Come Back Artist of The Year" in 1981. "If I Stay" is from this album. A lovely ballad, dripping with emotions, his voice still had it.
Ever since I first heard his voice in my teens it caught me, and it still does especially when he sings ballads like this one.

CC’s Biography

Venture 141b If I Stay - Clarence Carter

November 12, 2007

Wendy Alleyne - Midnight Blue (Wirl508-1)'76

There's not very much information on this lady. The latest news on Wendy is that she has been selected and has received "The Living Legend Award" on Jan 2007 at the Barbados Music Awards.

Wendy to me is mostly known for her beautiful ballads and her lovely voice. I know she has an album with most of her ballads from the period of this record but I could never find it.Update Oct 13 (I did not feel sure when I wrote down the previous sentence, cause somewhere in the back of my mind it did not seem right, but I could not find the album, it took me a while but I finally found it............... hidden somewhere between the other goodies)

Part of Front Cover

The Dynamics(Part Of Back Cover)

Additional information will be added as soon as I have it.

Wendy AlleyneMidnight Blue