Various Artists, Summer Records Anthology: 1974 – 1988

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

The Light in the Attic label has spent the last few years scouring Canada for reggae, dub and dancehall tracks, tracing the line that many Jamaicans made from their home country to the Great White North. Wayne McGhie's self-titled record was but the first in what is promising to be a stunning series entitled Jamaica to Toronto. Last year, the series unleashed its second collection of soul, funk and reggae, entitled appropriately enough Jamaica To Toronto: Soul Funk & Reggae 1967-1974. The Summer Records Anthology picks up a tad northwest of where that compilation left off, in Malton, Ontario, the home of Jerry Brown's Summer Sound studios. Brown's studio was called "Canada's answer to Lee Perry's Black Ark" and it's not hard to hear why: Jamaica to Toronto vet Johnnie Osbourne sounds positively lost in the ether by the end of "Love Makes The World Go Round," while Noel Ellis rides an mesmerizing, echoed beat on "Reach My Destiny."