Monday, June 10, 2013

70s & 80s Ladies Get the Gibbs Touch

The past several years have brought forth a nice batch of reissues from producer Joe Gibbs highlighting his best 1970s and early-80s productions. These have included Culture and the DJs, Dennis Brown: A Little Bit More and the Reggae Discomix series, showcasing vintage, funky and always danceable sides from both established and lesser heard artists.

That spirit continues with VP's latest release, The Ladies at Joe Gibbs, featuring the beloved Althea & Donna ("Uptown Top Ranking") at their height, and rare cuts from JC Lodge, Hortense Ellis, Marcia Aitken and others. Again, 70s disco and soul influences loom large on these productions, while each artists gives voice to romantic odes and corking the dance alike. Read a synopsis below and check a preview video too.

The legendary productions of Joe Gibbs have generated many of the reggae genre's biggest hits. The producer/label operated predominately between 1972 and 1984.The Ladies at Joe Gibbs brings together the classic hits from the female artists Gibbs recorded. The songs and riddims are most familiar and underscore why Joe Gibbs productions were at the top of the genre during these prime years. Judy Mowatt and June 'JC' Lodge went on to have major careers in reggae while other names have faded. Some of the re-mastered tracks include previously unreleased extended mixes. Featured tracks include Marcia Aitken "My Man' and 'I'm Still In Love With You' (which scored # 1 Pop in England), June 'JC' Lodge "Someone Loves You Honey" and a special extended version of Althea & Donna's classic rocker 'Uptown Top Ranking'.