Review: The Inspirations – Reggae Fever

#TheInspirations #DoctorBird | 2CD/DL | Released 10 September 2021

Reissue of reggae vocal duo The Inspirations’ 1970 album, which forms the basis for a 2CD set of Niney The Observer’s productions from when he was part of Joe Gibbs’ Amalgamated set up. The LP itself comprised mainly of cover versions of skinhead/boss reggae hits. Among the bonus tracks are six other cuts from The Inspirations, along with 37 other tunes by performers such as Stranger Cole, The Soul Sisters and The Reggae Boys. Ian Canty thinks he is going down with a temperature…

By the time of the Reggae Fever album, Joe Gibbs had fallen out with his star producer Lee Perry over money issues. Perry had been behind many of Gibbs’ biggest hits and it is fair to say he left somewhat of a large hole in Joe’s Amalgamated organisation. In filling the sizeable gap left by Perry’s departure Gibbs struck lucky with George Boswell, a youngster from Monetgo Bay who already had gained some experience in Kingston music circles. Also known as Winston Holness, he had a lost a thumb in an accident at work and this unfortunate event gave him the sobriquet Niney. The nickname stuck and over the years he became known to the rest of the world solely by it.

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