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24 Super Hits


  • 1. Same Old Song
    2. Won't You Come Home Girl
    3. Rain From the Skies
    4. I'm Still Waiting
    5. This Old Heart of Mine
    6. Any Heart Can Be Broken
    7. No More Heartaches
    8. I Want to Love You
    9. I Can't Explain
    10. Cool Operator
    11. Baby Don't Leave Me
    12. Can I Change My Mind
    13. Stick by Me
    14. Living in the Footsteps of Another Man
    15. She Is Just a Play Girl
    16. You Keep on Running
    17. Here Come the Heartaches
    18. Beat Down Babylon
    19. Better Must Come
    20. Trying to Conquer
    21. They Can't Stop Me
    22. Mash It Up
    23. I'm in a Dancing Mood
    24. Everyone Must Be Judge
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 011

  • Credits
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    The problem with naming your compilation 24 Super Hits is that quibblers will be quick to note that quite a few of these tracks weren't hits at all, while the pedants will point out that they at least weren't hits for Delroy Wilson. "Stick by Me" was indeed a smash, but for John Holt; likewise, "Beat Down Babylon" was a cultural classic that smashed up the Jamaican chart for Junior Byles and, needless to say, "I'm Still Waiting" was a triumph for Bob Marley & the Wailers. But enough griping -- the title may be somewhat inaccurate, but the two-dozen numbers within are of such high caliber that it's petulant to complain. Take those covers: Wilson does them proud, and he does an equally fabulous job with American hits, from his soulful rendition of the Four Tops' "It's the Same Old Song" to his emotive take on Tyrone Evans' "Can I Change My Mind," his sublime version of the Isley Brothers' "This Old Heart of Mine," and his powerful take on the Beltones' "No More Heartaches." Then again, this album is filled with powerful numbers, whether written by others or Wilson himself. There are potent political numbers like "Better Must Come," which the Jamaican People's National Party rode to ballot victory in 1972, the driving "You Keep on Running," the emotional tour de force "Here Come the Heartaches," and the suave "Cool Operator" (the song that gave Wilson his nickname). They are smash hits, one and all, but gems that are just as brilliant can be found among the somewhat lesser-known numbers, like the stunning deep soul performance delivered on "Any Heart Can Be Broken"; the torn-to-shreds-by-love "I Can't Explain"; the adamant "They Can't Stop Me"; and "Everyone Must be Judge," stuffed with Wilson's cultural message. So, not all of Wilson's hits by a long shot, but a superb collection of his '70s work regardless. ~ Jo-Ann Greene

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