Tough 007 high jinks. DD and co flay flesh from bone on the flip.
Pure loveliness from 1967 — with an acappella version.
Sublimely versioning the almighty Curtis anthem; with another rocksteady clarion-call on the flip, brassy and more stern, by The Hamlins.
‘The Soul Brothers possess a Crystal Clear Sound. Obviously it would be better to Cut the Chatter and Spin the Platter.’ Instrumentals by the awesome house band led by Jackie Mittoo and Roland Alphonso, 1965-67.
A heavy, rumbunctious, rocking version by a young Monty Alexander, with a tasty eastern tang; plus a terrific rolling shuffle, on the flip.
Burning sufferers ska to run alongside Vernon Allen’s Babylon. Too hot for the Jamaican Skarama LP (and unissued before now). Tell them, Monty.
Ace rocksteady from the excellent, under-recorded singer. The one and only Joe Higgs lurking on the flip, hurting and wise as ever. Both backed by The Dynamites and produced by Clancy Eccles.
Aka Junior Soul. Brawny, get-onboard rocksteady, with nyabinghi drumming throughout — including a tasty break. A first sighting of Solomon, from Police And Thieves.
Dizzy Moore called Jackie Opel ‘a genius, the best lead singer the Skatalites ever had.’ Twinned with Marcus Junior, the Don D scorcher.
Serious-minded ska from Justin Yap’s Top Deck in 1965, sprinkled with a little Jackie Wilson-style pizazz. Hard-swinging jazz on the flip, with Roland Alphonso and Joshua Rosen rocking them one by one.
No let up by the Drum And Bass crew — just check the sound samples — more rock steady treasures unearthed.