Meet the People is a self produced and Errol Thompson-engineered 1978 set by Lloyd Parks recorded at Joe Gibbs with a stellar support cast that included Winston Bowen (guitar), Franklin Waul (organ), Devon Richardson (drums), Youth (saxophone), Lloyd Kerr (trombone), Junior Chin (trumpet) and Ruddy Thomas (percussion). The Meet The People album may have had limited distribution, but its rarity has only added to its strong reputation with aficionados over the years. Today its songs of reality still resonate, and vibrancy of the musicians still jumps out off the speakers.
"‘Reality' and ‘Life Ain't Easy' were songs I write from just observing things in the ghetto, where people would struggle to achieve the progress they look for in life, and I just get an inspiration, like ‘life ain't easy down in the ghetto'," explains Parks. "I recorded ‘Ordinary Man' first for the Impact label, which was Randy's, and I decided to do it over for this. ‘Rock Dis Yah Bassline' was just me imagining myself giving a live show, like I'm playing the bass live and the audience is responding, so it's like ‘music is in my bones, and I can't give it up'"
"On drums there was Devon Richardson, one of the greatest drummers that ever come out of Jamaica," Parks adds. "Then you have Winston Bowen on guitar...A lot of these guys came through my band and went on to long careers. Like Dean Fraser is on this album, but we called him ‘Youth' on this LP. So being that I was like the senior recording musician at Joe Gibbs, I introduced these horns sections with these young guys – Dean Fraser and Nambo Robinson. Chico Chin was already in the band and Lloyd Kerr played trombone. Then there was Franklyn Waul, alias ‘Bubbler', who also start with me...Ruddy Thomas was the first lead singer for We The People, and then he learnt to work as an engineer at Joe Gibbs, and also as a percussion player. And Mighty Diamonds sing backup vocals."