Jamaica to Toronto: Roots Deep, Long Legs

The heralded anthology “Jamaica to Toronto: Soul Funk & Reggae 1967-74,” featuring the deep rare grooves of independent artists such as the Cougars, Noel Ellis, Wayne McGhie, and Jackie Mittoo, has been continuing to collect press raves months after its release.
For example, Pitchfork gave the compilation an 8.1, UNCUT graced it with a magical four star rating, while beautiful spreads landed in Magnet, Now Toronto, The Fader, Toronto Star, and XLR8R. Since then, Everett True at Plan B in England said “Man, this stuff is HOT,” and called the album “entirely recommended.” The Beat magazine described “JATDOT” as showing how “creativity, talent, and pride transcended both place and circumstance four decades ago. The overall impression of the accompanying music is that those same qualities transcend time.”

It’s really nice to see reviewers ‘getting’ the essence of this, the third release in the seven record series, and of the whole series in general: DJ Sipreano and Light In The Attic dove into these crates of underground soul music and came up with gems that never received the attention they deserved, but are finally getting the love. Check out this great conversation with Sipreano here.

Now, the album has been reviewed for four and a half stars worth of posterity at All Music Guide, and the esteemed music journalist Fred J. Mills wrote the sixteen track deluxe reissue-collection up for the awesome Creative Loafing

Meanwhile, the Jamaica to Toronto series continues with Noel Ellis, and his eponymous, incendiary solo album, recorded in 1979. The son of Alton has been featured in such magazines as Mean and XLR8R, and genre websites such as Reggae Vibes UK have been praising it highly.

Please check out a free MP3 of Noel’s “Rocking Universally