In the early 1960’s, when the Jamaican recording industry was still very much in its infancy, the local music scene was dominated by a mere handful of performers. Among these musical pioneers was Derrick Morgan. A year after the launch of the Island record label (1967), they released the ‘Derrick Morgan And His Friends’ LP, which has since become a highly prized collector’s item. 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. Morgan is one of reggae’s real unsung heroes and this compilation makes it all the more compelling.
“First released 1969, the year Derrick returned to England to work with the three Palmer brothers, Harry, Jeffrey & Carl, whose Pama Records were giving Trojan Records serious competition in purveying the brand new faster, more aggressive, reggae beat not only to the expatriate Jamaican audience but also to the music’s latest adherents… the skinheads. A number of his greatest hits from the period were included on this classic In London album, although actually all tracks (were) produced by Derrick Morgan in Jamaica.”