The complete Pama recordings of Derrick Morgan – served up here on two full albums, plus a heck of a lot of bonus tracks too! First up is the classic Moon Hop album – a set titled after one of Morgan's biggest singles, and one that has a bit of a different groove too! The album was one of a few that Derrick recorded in London
– and while it's definitely got the post-ska sound of the Kingston scene of the time, there's also elements of mod soul running through the mix too – partly in the way the instrumentation plays together, at a level that maybe hints at the way that British music would more firmly absorb Jamaican rhythms on key hits of the 70s. Morgan's vocals are great – badass when needed, more sweetly soulful at other points – and titles include "Night At The Hop", "Man Pon Moon", "Derrick Pop The Top", "Oh Babe", "I Wish I Were An Apple", "Moon Hop", and "Wipe These Tears". Derrick Morgan In London
is a set done for that city's Pama Records label – an imprint that gave Morgan a chance to record away from the Kingston scene in the late 60s, with a nicely sharp edge that must have made him a big hit at a local level. Titles include a number of American soul covers, but really given a fresh spin – and titles include "Don't Play That Song", "Too Bad", "Send Me Some Loving", "Make It Tan Deay", "River To The Bank", and "How Can I Forget You". 2CD set features 23 bonus tracks – including "Hold You Jack", "I Love You", "Belly Woman", "Will You Marry Me", "Take A Letter Maria", "Hurt Me", "Beyond The Hill", "Reggae & Shout", "What A Thing", and "The Story".