Jimmy Riley & Stranger Cole – Voice of the people (1971)


“Legend has it Stranger Cole was so shy, he preferred to sing duets rather than solo tracks. Whether this is true or not, I don’t know, but the great vocalist did sing a lot duets and harmony vocals in his career. Maybe it was his way of making a living, because standard procedure in Jamaica was (and often still is): you get paid to record a song. I’m not going into whether this was fair or not, but, if anything, this does explain the large amount of songs recorded each and every day on the Jamaican music scene. With an output so vast, it is easy to get snowed under and that seems to have been the case with this recording right here. Needless to say, perhaps, but if a song is unnoticed it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a bad tune. It’s just covered up… And the fact that these things happen (for whatever reason), makes it so much fun for record collectors to try and dig them up. I’m not unveiling anything right here, though, but this great track that is “Voice of the people” is still somewhat overlooked. And that is a damn shame. ‘Voice’ is sung by two men who had both earned their stripes long before this was recorded. Stranger Cole was a hitmaker in both the ska and rocksteady days (and was also doing fine in the early reggae days). Jimmy Riley had been very succesful as a member of both The Sensations and the Uniques (recording classics such as ‘Watch this sound’). …”
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YouTube: Voice of the people

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