26 July 2011
Radio Ponsonby Record Review: Norman Jay Presents 'Good Times' 30th Anniversary Edition
Norman Jay MBE Presents
GOOD TIMES - 30th Anniversary Edition
Disclaimer: I am a massive Norman Jay fan. He's an inspiration to me as a DJ. I've all his previous Good Times compilations, alongside others he has put together. I shared Red Stripe, curried goat and spliff with strangers while dancing to he and his brother playing at London's famed Notting Hill Carnival. I was even lucky enough to meet the man himself when Sweetpants and I brought him to New Zealand to play, some years back. So, there's your disclaimer, given before I comment on his latest Good Times compilation - a celebratory 30th Anniversary Edition, released by the Strut label. Thing is, regardless of my personal views, if you've even the slightest inkling of who Norman Jay MBE is then you know you're in for a top drawer selection of soul, funk, reggae, house, hip hop, doo wop and plenty more besides. Rare Grooves and very Good Times indeed.
4 stars from 5
I don't usually post tracklists or other details when I review an album, but I'm such a fanboy when it comes to Norman Jay, that I'm making an exception. Hey, rules are meant to be broken, right? Right. Oh, and another thing: purchase a physical copy - or track down the liner notes - as my man Lloyd Bradley has written a career-spanning sleeve note based on extensive interviews with Mr Jay. Just sayin'...
Mark Capanni | I Believe In Miracles
Avery Sunshine | I Got Sunshine
Ted Taylor | Ghetto Disco (Norman Jay edit)
Zalmac | Dreamin'
Terri Wells | Who's That Stranger
Little Anthony & The Imperials | I Don't Have Time To Worry
Mario Biondi | My Girl
Jacob Miller & Inner Circle | Tired Fe Lick Weed In A Bush
The Basement Khemist | Everybody (L.I.F.E.)
J Boogie's Dubtronic Science with Goapele & Capitol A | Try Me (People Under The Stairs remix)
Attic Tree | Voar
Curtis Mayfield | Victory
Dante | Freak In Me
Fries & Bridges | Forever This
The Detroit Experiment | Think Twice (Henrik Schwarz remix)
Ashley Slater | Private Sunshine