Derrick Harriott A Place Called Jamaica

There have been several excellent compilations of Derrick Harriott's productions, notably on Heartbeat and Pressure Sounds but all have covered incomplete time spans. This release may be the most complete in that regard, even if the quality does not surpass what's already out there. Ranging from 1967 to ’76, A Place Called Jamaica encompasses Harriott's rocksteady and reggae output just about equally. He is a very accessible producer for beginning reggae fans as his "uptown" sound meant his recordings were always technically clean and polished, while his vocal abilities made him a great singing coach — very important in the one or two take studio ethos that was the reality in Jamaica for so long. Thus, the great singers such as Horace Andy and Dennis Brown cut great records with him. He also had a way with DJs, and produced memorable tracks on Big Youth and Scotty — his version of "Sesame Street" is unique. This compilation puts the different singer and DJ versions of rhythms back to back most of the time so that the continuity is preserved, but also doesn't go overboard in its completeness. Overall, there's not a weak track in the bunch and A Place Called Jamaica is a worthy addition to Harriott's currently available material. (Maka-Sound)