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Derrick Harriott & The Crystalites: The Undertaker
After being released in the UK by Trojan Records in 1970, ‘The Undertaker’ became an instant best seller among the country’s growing number of reggae fans. The collection, comprising a dozen topically-themed instrumentals, showcased the musical skills of crack Kingston session crew, the Dynamites (recording under the assumed name of the The Crystalites) and the production talents of one of Jamaica’s most accomplished music makers: performer-turned-record producer, Derrick Harriott.
Now, over 50 years since its release, this classic album is finally made available once more, with its 12 tracks bolstered by a further 14 instrumental sides from the period, along with the cream of Derrick Harriott’s vocal productions from 1969 and 1970.
Most of the recordings have been unavailable for years, while a further nine tracks are completely new to CD!
Soul Power ’68, Various Artists
With Duke Reid’s Treasure Isle catalogue having been mercilessly plundered over the past few decades, you would be forgiven for thinking that precious little of the legendary producer’s work currently remains unavailable. This sensational collection of long-lost rock steady, proto reggae and soul tracks from 1968 demonstrates otherwise.
The first dozen tracks are lifted directly from a recently discovered Trojan Records tape of a previously unissued compilation album, “Soul Power”, while the remainder of the material is in a similar vein, culminating in a fascinating and hugely entertaining 42 track collection of hits, rarities and previously unissued tracks.
A sensational stand-alone compilation, while also perfectly complementing currently available Treasure Isle collections released by both Doctor Bird and Trojan, “Soul Power ’68” demonstrates that with a bit of digging, precious gems can still be found!
The J.B’s: Food For Thought / Doing It To Death / Damn Right I Am Somebody
• Ladies and Gentlemen, there are seven acknowledged wonders of the world, you are about to witness the eighth. Standing in the spotlight, on showcase, twelve young men, who have given you such tunes as ‘The Grunt’, ‘Pass The Peas’, and ‘Gimme Some More’. Without any doubt, these are the J.B.’s!
• That lyric says it all!
• Robinsongs has great pleasure to bring you what must have been the World’s funkiest Band, and the Godfather Of Soul the legendary James Brown’s backing band The J.B.’s albums “Food For Thought”, “Doing It To Death” & “Damn Right I Am Somebody” in one double CD package.
• Featuring some of the classic Funk Anthems such as ‘Gimme Some More’, ‘Pass The Peas’, ‘Hot Pants Road’ and the Number 1 R&B single ‘Doing It To Death’.
• These albums were produced by James Brown, and although there are a few instrumentals like the mesmerising ‘Theme From King Heroin’, James Brown’s vocals are prominent and tracks such as ‘Escape-ism’ and ‘More Peas’ make you feel like you are also listening to a classic James Brown album.
• But James is not the only well-known player on these albums, they also feature Fred Wesley, Maceo Parker, William (Bootsy) Collins, Bobby Byrd and the backbeat supreme Clyde (The Funky Drummer) Stubblefield are all out front as well as many other famous J.B.’s.
• The “Damn Right I Am Somebody” album gave Fred Wesley lead billing as Band leader and the album was recorded during the same session as James Brown “The Payback” album, and you can tell as the album has a similar vibe. As the original album cover stated Think That You Are Somebody And You’ll Be Somebody – Positive Thinking.
• This Double CD has fantastic sleeve notes that were written by Charles Waring contributor to MOJO & Record Collector.
• Now on the One, Get Down, Get Funky, Get Loose…
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