Wayne Mcghie & The Sounds Of Joy

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Of all the sides cut in Toronto as a result of the West Indian migration to Canada, none is more storied than the single LP cut by singer, guitarist, and songwriter Wayne McGhie and the Sounds of Joy cut in 1969 and issued in 1970. McGhie, from Montego Bay, came to Canada to gig with Ike Jojo Bennett, who also employed Alton Ellis, Lloyd Delpratt, and Jackie Mittoo. McGhie's vocal prowess was extraordinary, and his songwriting and arranging skills were just as fine. Bennett scored him a recording date through a friend and he assembled a cast of characters that amounted to legend. Along with Delpratt, Ellis, and Bennett, bassist Winston Clark, Leo Trott, and Everton Paul ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Of all the sides cut in Toronto as a result of the West Indian migration to Canada, none is more storied than the single LP cut by singer, guitarist, and songwriter Wayne McGhie and the Sounds of Joy cut in 1969 and issued in 1970. McGhie, from Montego Bay, came to Canada to gig with Ike Jojo Bennett, who also employed Alton Ellis, Lloyd Delpratt, and Jackie Mittoo. McGhie's vocal prowess was extraordinary, and his songwriting and arranging skills were just as fine. Bennett scored him a recording date through a friend and he assembled a cast of characters that amounted to legend. Along with Delpratt, Ellis, and Bennett, bassist Winston Clark, Leo Trott, and Everton Paul joined the scattershot sessions. The resulting album included six McGhie originals and four inventive covers. The music styles ranged from a reggae version of "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye," and the rootsy pulsing "Cool It," to the greasy, ramped-up funk of "Fire She Need Water" -- that sounds like James Brown fronting the Meters -- and "Dirty Funk" with a killer opening drum break, to the steamy soul in "Goin' in Circles," and "When I Think of Home," to the pumping Jamaican R&B-styled rave-ups of R.B. Greaves "Take a Letter Maria," and the majestic balladry in Jimmy Webb's "By the Time I Get to Phoenix." All of these tracks are anchored by McGhie's voice, gritty enough to be believable, smooth enough to get the emotion across, and completely original in its phrasing. This reissue is revelatory in that its feel is akin to sessions being recorded in Jamaica with its loose, deep grooving spontaneous feel, a notion that is borne out in the liner note essay by Kevin Howes, who interviewed the engineer and producer. Light In the Attic deserves kudos for searching intently for McGhie, and for doing such a stellar remastering job on the original tapes. This is one of the fabled lost albums that will hopefully, on this second go-round, get more attention that it did upon its release.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/9/2005
  • Label: Light In The Attic
  • UPC: 826853000826
  • Catalog Number: 8
  • Sales rank: 190,725

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye) - The Sounds Of Joy (3:45)
  2. 2 When I Think of Home - The Sounds Of Joy (2:49)
  3. 3 Take a Letter Maria - The Sounds Of Joy (3:14)
  4. 4 Woman Be Good - The Sounds Of Joy (2:59)
  5. 5 Dirty Funk - The Sounds Of Joy (3:46)
  6. 6 Going in Circles - The Sounds Of Joy (3:48)
  7. 7 Fire (She Need Water) - The Sounds Of Joy (3:03)
  8. 8 By the Time I Get to Phoenix - The Sounds Of Joy (3:16)
  9. 9 Cool It - The Sounds Of Joy (2:41)
  10. 10 I Can See Mother Nature - The Sounds Of Joy (3:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wayne McGhie Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Alton Ellis Guitar, Tambourine
Lloyd Delpratt Organ, Organetto
Felice Taylor Trombone
Winston Clark Bass
B. Martin Bass Guitar
Terry Wong Trumpet
Winston Clark Bass Guitar
D. Barker Piano, Harpsichord
Leo Trott Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Everton Paul Drums
J. Joseph Drums
Ike Bennett Organ
Technical Credits
R.B. Greaves Composer
Jimmy Webb Composer
Ray Lawrence Engineer
Paul Leka Composer
Jerry Peters Composer
Dale Frashuer Composer
Gary DeCarlo Composer
Anita Poree Composer
Arthur Snider Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Mr. Supreme Album Administrator
Michiko Swiggs Reissue Design
Neil Evans Cover Photo
Matt Sullivan Reissue Producer
Josh Wright Reissue Producer
Chris Ferraro Reissue Producer
Kevin Howes Liner Notes
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