Lloyd Daley's Matador Productions, 1968-1972
This originally ran in the St. Louis Post Dispatch in 1992.
Heartbeat Records has done it again, presenting us with
another outstanding compilation, this time from the vaults
of producer Lloyd Daley's Matador Productions.
Daley took the name "Matador" as an inspiration to
conquer the powerhouse labels of the day, Studio One and
Treasure Isle. Although the 16 tunes here only represent a
small portion of this man's work, one listen and it's
obvious that he gave the big boys some serious competition.
Unlike the other producers, Daley rarely did covers,
instead concentrating on Jamaican originals. Showcasing some
of those efforts from such legendary artists as Little Roy,
Dennis Brown, The Abyssinians, Alton Ellis, The Viceroys,
and U-Roy, this is a good collection of, as the sub-title
proclaims, "reggae classics from the Originator."
In the mid-70's, Daley became disallusioned with the
record business and finally gave it up, but as this release
shows, not before leaving us with a treasure of classic hits
from reggae's golden age.
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