This 20 track set shines on Derrick Harriott‘s productions during the heydays of rocksteady – 1966 to 1969. Later he concentrated more and more on soul inspired reggae, funk & soul tunes. The album Derrick Harriott Reggae Funk & Soul 1969-1975 presents a perceptive set of early ’70s recordings, interpreting the music of the American black consciousness movement in Kingston, Jamaica.
Derrick’s interpretation of the ultra classic Isaac Hayes tune “Shaft” here entitled “Black Moses”. The singer is The Preacher, probably better known as Enos McLeod. The soul groove keeps on coming with a romantic tune by The Chosen Few,”People Make the World Go Round”. The Chosen Few were really big Stylistics fans and this interpretation of the 1971 Stylistics classic features a jazzy, George Benson-like guitar solo. The Chosen Few return later on the album with “Am I Black Enough” which happens to be a majestic take on Billy Paul’s single (from his successful album 360 Degrees of Billy Paul) from 1973. The third cut from The Chosen Few is “Going Back Home”. A funky Temptations-esque groove killer referring to the ideas of the Black Power Movement from the late ’60s and early ’70s. What a difference when you check out the groups sweet rocksteady tune “I’m Sorry”, probably recorded during the late rocksteady period. The group’s lead vocalist Noel “Bunny” Brown does a sweet reggae do-over of “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”. The song was an enormous hit for country music singer Glen Campbell in 1967. More funky grooves as Derrick Harriott & The Chosen Few perform “Psychedelic Train”, a tune that was a Jamaican #1 hit in 1970.