Cruise International Records,
Allerton Grange Vale,
Mike Brooks Blam Blam Blam 7” vinyl
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Edmund Brooks, 1953, Westmoreland, Jamaica, West Indies. Brooks initially entered the recording industry in 1972, performing with an obscure band called the Tots. Their debut, ‘Earth Is The Fullness’, warranted limited attention and the members of the ensemble left to pursue solo careers. Recording as Mike Brooks, his solo career was the most distinguished. In 1977 with producer Alvin ‘GG’ Ranglin, he released ‘Guiding Star’, which led to a series of hits within the Jamaican community at home and abroad. Biding his time, he continued intermittently to release high-quality hits throughout the 70s and 80s, including ‘Who Have Eyes To See’ in combination with Prince Far I, alongside the solo hits ‘Come Sister Love’, ‘Grooving’, ‘Open The Door’ and the celebratory ‘What A Gathering’; the latter song utilized Leroy Smart’s ‘Ballistic Affair’ rhythm. This modicum of success led Brooks to the UK, where he joined the British Reggae Artists Famine Appeal as a featured vocalist on the charity single ‘Let’s Make Africa Green Again’.