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Various Summer Records Anthology

  • Words: David Katz
  • Label: Light in the Attic
  • XLR8R Rating: 7/10

Light in the Attic continues to excavate Jamaican cultural artifacts recorded in Toronto during the 1970s, this time hitting pay dirt in the form of 15 hard-hitting roots tunes, culled from the archives of Summer Records, an obscure label run by Jerry Brown and co-founded by Oswald Creary of Half Moon fame. Summer favored gritty production values that recall Lee Perry's Black Ark and these exceptional tracks, taken from original master tapes, feature luminaries such as Johnny Osbourne, Bobby Gaynair, and Willi Williams, as well as Brown himself. The limited-edition digipak also features a DVD with footage of Williams and Jackie Mittoo. Great stuff!

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