Cruise International Records,
Allerton Grange Vale,
Lopez Walker Give You A Break 7” vinyl
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Kingston-born Lopez Walker recorded only a handful of numbers before disappearing for good from the music scene. His first, “Lost in a Dream,” was cut for Joe Gibbs, and then in the late ’70s he recorded a few more for Roy Francis. “Did I Remember” was self-produced, while “Babylon Kingdom” was released under the moniker Exodus, and that appears to be the total extent of his catalogue. Of these, all the songs Walker cut for Francis were undeniable classics, every one recorded at the Channel One studio and backed by sensational stepper rhythms laid down by Sly & Robbie and percussionist Uziah “Sticky” Thompson. “Fly Always riddim was loosely based on the Everly Brothers’ “(‘Till) I Kissed You,” a melody reinforced by the glowing keyboard passages.