· Eek A Mouse, born Ripton
Joseph Hylton 1957 in Kingston Jamaica, was one of the pioneers of the
sing-jay movement that took Jamaica's dancehalls by storm in the early 1980s, and next to Yellowman, probably the most recognisable star of the
· Eek's combination of toasting
and singing produced probably the most idiosyncratic style of all the
dee-jays of the era with his unmistakable series of vocal quirks that could be
best described as flowing sing speak patterns with added "Bings", "Boings",
"Bengs”, "Dengs” and "A-ya's" added for flavour.
· First released in 1980, this
was the very first Eek A Mouse album and has not been re-issued since its Jamaican release on the Thompson Sounds label.
· This is Eek at his most raw
and ready and is essential for anyone who is familiar with his well-known
Greensleeves works to sample where the Mouse developed his unique personna.
· Riddims played by the Roots
Radics, recorded at Channel One & Harry J Studios, mixed at Channel One by
Soljie Hamilton, and produced by Linval Thompson.
Bonus tracks include numerous Linval
Thompson produced non-album singles and versions.
Sleeve notes by noted reggae historian
and journalist David Katz.
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