リリース情報〜 Louisa ‘Markswoman’ Mark / 2LP


Louisa ‘Markswoman’ Mark / Breakout / Universal Sounds-Soul Jazz Records / 2LP

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Tracklisting:

1. People in Love
2. Moving Target
3. 6 Sixth Street
4. Baby Simone
5. Even Though You’re Gone
6. Funny Guys
7. Keep It Like It Is
8. Dance and Feel Free
9. Reunited
10. He Used To Be My Man
11. Jah Son– Natty Go Deh Voluntarily
12. Trinity – Step It Brother Clem
13. Louisa Mark and Bushranger – Gone Out

Louisa ‘Markswoman’ Mark’s debut album, Breakout, is a landmark in the history of
reggae music and British lovers rock.

In 1978, Mark was voted top female vocalist in the influential Black Echoes
magazine. A few years earlier, her debut single, ‘Caught You in A Lie’, produced by
legendary UK soundsystem operator Lloyd Coxsone and featuring music by the great
Dennis Bovell had launched a new style of reggae in Britain, Lovers Rock.

After her debut the fourteen-year singer from West London came under the wing of
Clem Bushay, then in-house producer and A&R for Trojan Records, who, starting
with the classic ‘Even Though You’re Gone’, released a steady stream of hit singles
on his independent Bushay label.

The young Mark became an iconic figure for young British black female singers,
paving the way for Janet Kay, Caroll Thompson and the many other young lovers
rock singers who soon followed in her path.

As the original sleevenotes to the album succinctly put it on her reggae success – ‘five
number one songs out of five, all classics and at the tender age of 20’.

For her debut album, Breakout, Louisa Mark and the well-connected producer Bushay
brought together some of reggae music’s finest musicians from both the UK and
Jamaica. These included superstar guests such as The Heptones, Dave Barker, Owen
Gray and The In Crowd as well as relocated legends like Rico Rodriguez and Vin
Gordon and the ever-present Dennis Bovell.

Louisa Mark’s young success was short-lived and this album was to be her sole
release. She died in Gambia in 2009.

Thirty years on, the rare album stands out as one of the most important reggae albums
of its time – a groundbreaking release, which helped define British reggae for a new
generation of black British youth.

This seminal album is released in its original design and comes with three bonus
tracks – two rare single-only DJ cuts with Mark (including the legendary Trinity) and
a superb rare dub.

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