• Derrick Morgan – Bad Luck On Me
    • Derrick Morgan – Lagga Head
    • Derrick Morgan & The Viceroys – Stumbling Block
    • The Black Brothers – You've Been Saying Things
    • Derrick Morgan & Pauline – Someone
    • DISC TWO - Derrick Morgan – Gimme Back
    • The Viceroys – Give It To Him
    • Lloyd & Devon – Red Rum Ball
    • 1. Derrick Morgan – Bad Luck On Me
    • 2. Derrick Morgan – Father Killam
    • 3. Derrick Morgan – Tears On My Pillow
    • 4. Derrick Morgan – Ain't That Crazy
    • 5. Derrick Morgan – Lagga Head
    • 6. Derrick Morgan & The Viceroys – Stumbling Block
    • 7. Pauline Morgan & The Loveletts – I've Been Searching
    • 8. Pauline Morgan & The Loveletts – Stop The Wedding
    • 9. Pauling Morgan & The Consumates – Give Me A Chance
    • 10. The Consumates – The More You Get
    • 11. The Black Brothers – You've Been Saying Things
    • 12. The Inventors – Music Be The Food Of Love
    • 14. BONUS TRACKS - Derrick Morgan – Conquering Ruler
    • 15. The Groovers – You've Got To Cry
    • 16. The Viceroys – Lip And Tongue
    • 17. Alva Lewis – I'm Indebted
    • 18. Neremiah Reid – Family War
    • 19. Derrick Morgan & Pauline – Someone
    • 21. DISC TWO - Derrick Morgan – Gimme Back
    • 22. The Viceroys – Send Requests
    • 23. Neremiah Reid – Give Me That Love
    • 24. Dawn Penn – When Am I Gonna Be Free
    • 25. The Viceroys – Give It To Him
    • 26. Zanda Ferron – Every Day
    • 27. Derrick & Pauline – Do You Love Me
    • 28. Frank Brown – Some Come, Some Go
    • 29. The Black Brothers – Give Me Loving
    • 30. The Viceroys – Let Him Go
    • 31. Derrick Morgan – A Prisoner In Love
    • 32. Zanda Ferron – Lonely World
    • 33. The King Twins – Treat Me Right
    • 34. The Consumates – Do It Now
    • 35. Derrick Morgan – Bedweight
    • 36. Lloyd & Devon – Red Rum Ball
    • 37. Tony King – (Red) Big Bumb Ball Chapter Two
    • 38. Mark Anthony & The Jets – More Balls

    The rock steady era that dominated Jamaica’s musical landscape between late-1966 and mid-1968 is today widely acknowledged as the most influential period in the island’s history. Not only did the sound lay the foundations upon which reggae subsequently developed, its structure favoured small combos rather than the large ensembles that dominated the ska years, resulting in significantly reduced recording costs. The development provided cash-strapped music makers with the opportunity to make records and one who took full advantage was enterprising local singing sensation, Derrick Morgan.

    A major recording star throughout Jamaica since the late Fifties, Morgan established his Hop Records label around the summer of 67, thereafter releasing a series of popular 7” singles, including the immensely popular ‘Red Rum Ball’ by vocal duo, Lloyd & Devon, and his own best sellers, ‘Conquering Ruler’ and ‘Gimme Back’.

    Distributed in the UK by Island Records, the popularity of these works ultimately led to the company releasing the now impossibly rare long-player, “Derrick Morgan And His Friends”, a 12-track collection largely comprising previously unissued material. Now, at long last, this hugely desirable album is available once more, with its contents supplemented by the remainder of Derrick Morgan’s rock steady productions.

    Recorded at Jamaica’s premiere recording studio, WIRL, and featuring the musicianship of leading session crews, the Carib Beats and Lyn Taitt & the Jets, the quality of the tracks remains consistently high, and with a handful of these enjoyable sides making their CD debut, this stunning 2 disc set is a dream come true for any self-respecting rock steady fan!

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