The reggae industry is flooded with unsung heroes. And one such is Jamaican producer Lloyd Campbell, who today runs the successful Joe Frasier imprint from Miami together with his daughter Michelle. But earlier in his career he was responsible for the Spiderman label, operated from Kingston, as well as the labels Rattie Soul, Lace and Eagle.
Lloyd Campbell was born in Jamaica and relocated to the UK in the 60’s. It was here his career in the music business took off and it was here that he forged connections with artists such as Pat Rhoden and Denzil Dennis.
The Spiderman Anthology: Classics From the Vault is a various artists compilation collecting 19 tracks from the 70’s and 80’s. It includes all-time classics such as The Itals’ Ina Disa Time, Ronnie Davis’ Won’t You Come Home and Yellowman’s Operation Radication, probably his best track, and that says quite a lot.
Included are also a number of lesser known gems. Only a Smile by the late Gregory Isaacs has only been issued at the Jama label in the UK and not seen much daylight, and neither has The Terrors’ fine tuned vocal harmonizing on Don’t Bother Me.
The CD comes with an interesting booklet with a short introduction on Lloyd Campbell and his career followed by notes on each track along with historical photos.
The Spiderman Anthology: Classics From the Vault is the first compilation of Lloyd Campbell’s early productions and is certainly long overdue.