The 'Good Times' sound system and Norman Jay will probably be familiar to you if you have searched Amazon specifically for this title, and if that is indeed the case I suspect that the associations this music may hold will be enough to commend it to you.
But if not, and this is to be your first engagement with the 'Good Times' series, what are you to expect?
Given the obvious and natural associations with London's Notting Hill Carnival you will undoutedly expect to hear music drawn from Hip Hop, Funk, Soul, House and Reggae, with a few bits thrown in which draw from these varied musical traditions. And that is exactly what Norman and Joey serve up with this volume, the third in the 'Good Times' series.
As with the first two volumes , Norman and Joey have been able to maintain the balance between presenting well known, familiar records and lesser known (but equally good) gems awaiting your discovery.
In this third volume Joey and Norman cast their nets slightly further afield, mananging to find 'Sunshower' by Dr Buzzard's Original Savanah Band, a beautifully idiosyncratic record. They plunder the Sounds of Blackness first album for 'The Pressure -Part 2', and present Freda Payne's 'Unhooked Generation' - which will immediately familiar to Hip Hop fans as the opening riff sampled for the JVC Force's classic 'Strong Island'. The standard is maintained by the inclusion of Creative Source's 'You Can't Hide Love' and the ever fantastic 'Live in Me' by Rufus and Chaka Khan. Finally, again for Hip Hop fans, there is the Jackson 5's 'It's Great to be Here', which features a well known opening break which should be instantly recognisable for fans of Afrika Bambaataa and Red Alert.
And it is this attention to detail, the ability to contextualise records and present them within a coherent narrative, which makes this particular volume so rewarding. With a long history of DJing and playing to 'live' crowds, Norman and Joey have the experience to recognise what works and (perhaps more importantly) when to play it - the art of timing. Records are chosen because they fit a particular theme or groove, and this is done in a way that rewards repeated listening.
This experience has been nicely distilled in this compilation, which I recommend without reservation