Sunday, May 10, 2009

Ruddy Thomas Lovers Rock Reggae

Ruddy Thomas - "Let's Make a Baby" b/w "Version" (Mighty Two) is a great example of the Lovers' Rock style of reggae that was becoming huge in England and to a slightly lesser extent in JA in the late 70's and early 80's. It's a Mighty Two production (Joe Gibbs and Errol T) of a reggae cover of Billy Paul's 1975 Philly Soul classic, written by Gamble and Huff. American soul in the mid 70's was taking on this polished, glossy, mellower style as Barry White, Billy Paul, Al Green, and other baby-making-music singers became all the rage. Jamaican music, as it almost always did, followed suit and covered some of the American hits, and subsequently sold a ton of records in England. This has pretty much been the story of Jamaican music from the late 50's to present, although now it's a little less of a cut and dry idea as to who's following who.

In any case, I just wanted to up this particular record for Mother's Day! It's an okay song, better for kitsch value than anything else. Still worth a quick download and listen. Make a baby while listening to it! I know I won't. Download below(sorry for the scratchy sound, it's old Jamaican vinyl):

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