Boomkat Product Review:
This indispensable collection of the mighty Paragons' material feels as satisfying as putting on a pair of favourite comfy shoes. For your dollar there's an outrageously extensive 53 track collection of hard to finds and outright rarities: spanning the heavy soul and doo wop influences of the early sides, spells with Island and Studio One, through the pristeen rocksteady of their "On The Beach" Treasure Isle period. To plan on progressing, after a massive loss when John Holt left to pursue his superstar solo career, might have seemed ambitious, but for confirmation of Tyrone Evans and Howard Barrett's true don status, head right on to jawdropping seventies sides such as 'Riding on a high and windy day' and 'I've got to get away' otherwise known as a take on 'Man Next Door' as derived from Garnett Mimms' 'Quiet Place'. Fast forwards to the Bullwackies recorded 'Love Vibration' from 82, or the fantastic reggae funk covers such as War's 'The Wolrld Is A Ghetto', Joe Zawinul's 'Mercy Mercy Mercy', even their delicious Lennon / McCartney rework 'Blackbirds singing' for ample confirmations - this is one of the foundation reggae music groups who made fantastic tunes through each and every era of the music. Maximum respect is due.