Jackie Edwards – 1968 – Put Your Tears Away

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Wilfred Jackie Edwards has claims to be Jamaica’s greatest balladeer as he possessed a rich deep voice to which he added velvet touches somewhat akin to Joe Simon. Every time you hear him sing a song you get something new.

Early tracks like “Your Eyes Are Dreaming” and “Heaven Just Knows” are first class doo-wop and later efforts such as the excellent “At The End Of The Rainbow” add sweet soul to the mix with really good effect.

Edwards cut a soul album for Island called “Put Your Tears Away”.

Buddy Scott’s title track is a sensational uptown ballad of great beauty – one I can listen to time and again. It was supposedly cut in London rather than New York where it sounds as if it came from. If that’s true it makes this track one of the very best soul records ever cut in England. Sadly Jackie had many personal problems and died young in 1992.

Tracks
A1 Put Your Tears Away 2:30
A2 Come Back Girl 3:11
A3 I Feel So Bad 1:59
A4 Girl You’ll Be A Woman Soon 2:49
A5 Hush 2:15
A6 Come On Home 2:33
B1 Somebody Help Me 2:35
B2 Keep On Running 2:31
B3 The Same One 2:53
B4 I Don’t Know 3:10
B5 Tell Me What It’s All About 2:17
B6 L.O.V.E. 2:49

Review by merlin99

One of Jackie Edwards’ finest Lp’s inexplicably released in the USA (under the title ‘Premature Golden Sands’) minus the tunes penned by Jackie and replaced with covers. Thankfully this release above contains a host of Jackie originals and just two covers.

Aside from the sublime ‘I Feel So Bad‘ (bootlegged religiously on 7″ among the Northern Soul crowd in recent years) we also get ‘Keep on Running’ and ‘Somebody Help Me‘ which he gave to the Spencer Davis Group providing them with their two most popular hits of the 1960s. The other stand-out cuts for me are ‘Come on Home‘ and ‘Come Back Girl‘.

A truly phenomenal LP from one of the very first artists to Island Records, but who sadly never seemed to achieve the fame he so badly deserved, a truly gifted songwriter/singer.

Rest in Peace the original ‘Cool Ruler’, Jackie ‘Wilfred’ Edwards.

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15 Comments
  • Rondo
    Posted at 11:29h, 04 February 2020 Reply

    Amazing one. God bless yaa

  • Saul
    Posted at 11:58h, 04 February 2020 Reply

    I have the original album and it is one of my favourite albums ever. Thanks for the digital copy.

  • Johnny Solo
    Posted at 18:50h, 04 February 2020 Reply

    ❤️Lovely voice❤️

  • Eduardo
    Posted at 19:23h, 04 February 2020 Reply

    Definitely a masterwork by the great Jackie Edwards.
    Please spend 2 minutes of your precious time, to listen to the title track clip and enjoy pure soul music.
    A must have.

  • Panna9
    Posted at 19:28h, 05 February 2020 Reply

    A classic smooth soul from an under-recognized genius!

  • Scott
    Posted at 19:33h, 05 February 2020 Reply

    Such nice. Thanks dude.

  • Laurant
    Posted at 23:12h, 06 February 2020 Reply

    Great album and thanks for putting it up.

  • donovan
    Posted at 01:07h, 07 February 2020 Reply

    Sounds incredible!

  • Ulanovas
    Posted at 01:14h, 07 February 2020 Reply

    He has a voice of an angel.

  • Nape
    Posted at 19:07h, 07 February 2020 Reply

    “Put Your Tears Away” is so beautiful and uplifting for me.
    Thank u.

  • Virgil
    Posted at 11:51h, 09 February 2020 Reply

    Such a timeless classic.

  • douglas blackmore
    Posted at 23:23h, 09 February 2020 Reply

    Discover this now and I’m love it.

  • Walter J.
    Posted at 23:25h, 09 February 2020 Reply

    Gonna be a monster album!! thanks for the amazing collection you’ve posted.

  • Elton
    Posted at 10:22h, 10 February 2020 Reply

    Very impressive. I love the old school stuff.
    I can’t wait for the rest of the album.

  • Nosferatu
    Posted at 02:04h, 13 February 2020 Reply

    awesome!!!!!!!!My dads generations

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