The brilliant Strut label cement their return after a hiatus of several years with this excellent compilation telling the definitive story of the golden era at Chris Blackwell's Compass Point Studio in the Bahamas, where the house band The Compass Point All Stars produced some of the most memorable and innovative dance music of the early eighties! The Compass Point All Stars were the mother of all studio bands - After his success with Bob Marley, Island label boss Chris Blackwell was able to assemble his 'dream team' of session musicians and was in a position to be able to select some of the world's best players from across a diverse range of musical genres to create an innovative and unique band which included the premier Jamaican rhythm section of drum and bass duo Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare and percusionist Uziah Sticky Thompson alongside guitarist Mikey Chung. To this backbone, Blackwell added British rock guitarist Barry Reynolds and African keyboard whizz Wally Badarou. The backing band were helmed by the production/engineering genius of Alex Sadkin and Steven Stanley. The Compass Point Allstars' work with the likes of Grace Jones and Gwen Guthrie produced a distinctive crisp sound unlike anything that had been released before and this grat compilation picks the definitive tracks to illustrate the story of the studio and band.
Very highly recommended!