Listen to the Music is the second Pressure Sounds album of Caltone productions following on from the label's successful album Safe Travel. Chock full of rare rocksteady gems, it's a twenty-one track set of tunes that cover the years 1966 to 1969 from late period ska through early reggae.
Ken Lack who founded the Caltone label was a businessman with a passion for music. His connections with Jamaica's top session players resulted in a series of 45s that were both tasteful and well produced. Included in this compilation are tracks by Tommy McCook and the Supersonics. "Smooth Sailing" and "Killer Joe" are both superb horn driven instrumentals. There are three tracks by The Clarendonians led by the vocal talents of Peter Austin. "I'm Sorry" and "Lonely Heartaches" are top draw rocksteady songs. Rare 45s that have never been re-issued since the original Jamaican pressings.
It was Bunny Lee and Phil Pratt who handled most of the hands-on production for Lack although there was undoubtedly much input from Lynn Tait, Tommy McCook and Johnny Moore. The music, recorded at WIRL, Federal and Treasure Isle studios, is filled with the kind of creativity and attention to detail that has made Caltone records so collectible to this day. When Lack died in 2001 in Miami, FL of a heart condition he left behind a unique set of recordings and should be remembered for bringing a more collaborative and cooperative spirit to Jamaican music.