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Carroll Thompson – Hopelessly In Love
(Carib Gems Records  1981  CGLP15)
Matrix No’s: A1/B1 – UK Pressing

Sleeve in Nr MINT/Excellent+ condition
– great condition apart from small sticker tear top right corner and small crease bottom right corner

Vinyl in Nr MINT condition
(there are some surface marks visible on the vinyl when held up to the light but they don’t affect the sound quality)

Carroll Thompson is a British lovers rock singer, best known as the “Queen of Lovers Rock”

Thompson was born in England and is of Jamaican descent.

Thompson undertook classical piano training on the piano and sang in school and church choirs as a girl, but initially studied for a career in pharmacy. She began working as a backing singer at several recording studios after auditioning for Frank Farian’s Sugar Cane group. Eventually, singer/songwriter Thompson embarked on a solo career, with early successes in the shape of Lovers rock singles “I’m So Sorry” (produced by the now London-based Leonard Chin) and “Simply In Love” both self written topping the reggae chart in 1981, the same year seeing the release of her independent debut album Hopelessly in Love selling over a million copies worldwide.  She won two GLR Reggae Awards in 1982, for Best Female Performer and Best Song (for “Hopelessly In Love”). In 1983, she won further awards, again winning Best Female Performer at the GLR awards. She also recorded duets with Sugar Minott (“Make It With You”) and Trevor Walters (“Love Won’t Let Us Wait”), as well as continuing with regular solo reggae chart hits.

Thompson opted to join the Sheffield-based jazz-funk aggregation Floy Joy in 1984 where she featured on one album and scored two minor hits with the soul ballad “Until You Come Back to Me” (#91 UK pop) and “Operator” (#86 UK pop). In 1987 she duetted with Aztec Camera’s Roddy Frame on the song “One and One” from the album Love.

Following Floy Joy, her releases dwindled reviving in 1990 when she provided lead vocals on a version of Diana Ross’s “I’m Still Waiting”, recorded with Aswad and Courtney Pine, which was a UK Singles Chart hit. She also enjoyed chart hits that year with Movement 98’s “Joy & Heartbreak” and “Sunrise”. In 1992, her “Let the Music Play” was included on the Oscar/Grammy nominated and BAFTA winner soundtrack to the film The Crying Game, and in 1993, she worked with Neil “Mad Professor” Fraser on the album The Other Side Of Love.

In 2018, Thompson recorded an album of Phyllis Dillon songs as a tribute to the late singer, set for release in 2019.

Thompson has worked as a session singer with Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Pet Shop Boys, Robbie Williams, Boy George, Maxi Priest, Sting, Billy Ocean, Chaka Khan, Aswad and M People. Composer for documentaries Comedy Central US. Channel 4. Musical director/ composer Babymother the movie.[citation needed] She is also the co-founder (with Adebayo) of Colourtelly, Britain’s first black interest internet TV station.

Hopelessly in Love is the debut album by English lovers rock singer Carroll Thompson, released in early 1981 by Carib Gems Records. The album followed, and includes, her two Leonard Chin-produced singles “I’m So Sorry” and “Simply in Love”, which topped the British reggae charts. Thompson co-created C & B Productions, a first for a female reggae singer in Britain, and under this credit wrote and produced the album, working additionally with producer Anthony Richards. Backed by Thompson’s C & B band, the album exemplifies the soul-infused mellow reggae style typical to lovers rock and Thompson’s sweetly voice, with her songs discussing themes of romance and love.

Upon release, the album reached number 22 on the UK Indie Albums chart but did not make the national albums chart and received little airplay. Despite this, the album eventually sold over 35,000 copies, an unusually high amount for a lovers rock album, and is considered a classic of the genre, helping establish Thompson on the British reggae scene. Singers Darren Hayman and Sarah Cracknell have named it an influence on their own work, and in 2007, The Guardian named it among “1000 Albums to Hear Before You Die”.

Track listing

All songs written by Carroll Thompson except where noted

Side one

  1. “Yesterday” – 3:43
  2. “I’m So Sorry” – 4:26
  3. “No You Don’t Know” – 3:23
  4. “Sing Me a Love Song” (Alan Weeks/Thompson) – 4:18
  5. “Mr. Cool” – 4:04

Side two

  1. “Merry-Go-Round” (Weeks/Thompson/Cleveland Watkiss) – 4:24
  2. “Simply in Love” – 4:06
  3. “When We Are as One” – 3:54
  4. “What Colour?” (Thompson/Elroy Bailey) – 3:52
  5. “Hopelessly in Love” – 3:53


  • Carroll Thompson – vocals, lyrics, arrangement
  • Elroy Bailey – bass, arrangement
  • Cleveland Watkiss – percussion, arrangement
  • Alan Weeks – lead guitar, rhythm guitar, arrangement
  • Jah Bunny – drums
  • Noel Salmon – electric piano (Fender Rhodes)
  • Desmond Mahoney – percussion, drums
  • Chris Hedges – synthesiser
  • Vin Gordon – trumpet
  • Mike Stevenson – mixing, engineering
  • C & B Productions – production
  • Des Bailey – photography
Weight 1.00000000 kg


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