Trevor Hartley

 

Trevor Hartley - Innocent Lover - Burning Rockers - 1978.

Tradition is a big thing in reggae music, to sound like someone else is nothing to be ashamed of. Usually it's just a way of getting noticed before going on to develop your own style. Unfortunately there is a negative side to this tradition. Someone with a unique voice, an original style is going to run into a tremendous amount of resistance. Trevor Hartley is one of the best examples of this phenomenon. This is an excellent debut album for Phil Pratt. It should have been followed by many more, yet it wasn't.

Trevor Hartley - Hartical - Jove - 1994

It took 16 years! For this even better second album to appear. In that time Trevor's been involved with a number of producers and scored a number of hits. Yet the vibes for an album never seemed to come, and Trevor is a man who likes his vibes. He was a youth when he made the album for Phil Pratt, and he was prepared to wait for the good vibes to come again, and this album is full of them. Featuring talent like Leroy Sibbles, Mafia & Fluxy, Tippa Irie, Peter Hunningale, Mad Professor and Gussie P.