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.
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.