Aquarius Rock: The Hip Reggae World of Herman Chin-Loy

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All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
Music mad from childhood, Herman Chin-Loy sold albums, managed record shops, and DJ'ed before opening his own Aquarius record store and label in 1969 at age 21. Although he oversaw vocal tracks, it was his fabulous instrumentals that best defined his early career, and which this compilation focuses on. Utilizing the talents of both the Hippy Boys (aka the Upsetters Mach II) and the Now Generation, Chin-Loy began unleashing a stream of steaming instrumental 45s, with the organ-led ones credited to Augustus Pablo, regardless of who was sitting at the keys. Thus when a young melodica player showed up at his door, the producer released his debut single "Iggy Iggy" under that ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
Music mad from childhood, Herman Chin-Loy sold albums, managed record shops, and DJ'ed before opening his own Aquarius record store and label in 1969 at age 21. Although he oversaw vocal tracks, it was his fabulous instrumentals that best defined his early career, and which this compilation focuses on. Utilizing the talents of both the Hippy Boys (aka the Upsetters Mach II) and the Now Generation, Chin-Loy began unleashing a stream of steaming instrumental 45s, with the organ-led ones credited to Augustus Pablo, regardless of who was sitting at the keys. Thus when a young melodica player showed up at his door, the producer released his debut single "Iggy Iggy" under that alias as well. Horace Swaby, however, kept the name, and kept the hits coming, beginning with "East of the River Nile," which established his distinctive Far East sound. Aquarius Rock bundles up half a dozen classic Pablo/Swaby's solo singles, a couple with the producer standing in as DJ. Some are twinned with the band instrumentals, further highlighting the groups' exceptional work, as well as Pablo's own astonishing creativity. The musicianship throughout is absolutely phenomenal, be it on the band instrumentals, the brass led solo outings, the jaunty harmonica pieces, and, of course, the fiery organ-led numbers. These instrumentals and Pablo's own solo singles make up the bulk of this set, fleshed out with a quartet of vocal cuts. A pair come from Alton Ellis, who offers up a clean and rude take on his "Alton's Official Daughter," while Dennis Brown delivers the emotive "Song My Mother Used to Sing." Archie McKay's lovelorn "Pick Up the Pieces" is no relation to the Royals' classic, while Beres Hammond offers up one of his earliest recordings, an incredibly heartfelt "No More War." Less renowned than his cousin Leslie Kong, nonetheless Chin-Loy certainly deserves attention, and this compilation is a long overdue tribute to one of reggae's most influential talents.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/2004
  • Label: Pressure Sounds
  • UPC: 689492031015
  • Catalog Number: 45

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Aquarius Rock - Herman Chin-Loy (2:49)
  2. 2 Darkest Night - Herman Chin-Loy (3:26)
  3. 3 The Red Sea - Herman Chin-Loy (2:38)
  4. 4 Alton's Official Daughter - Herman Chin-Loy (2:52)
  5. 5 Aquarius Dub - Herman Chin-Loy (3:03)
  6. 6 Alton's Official Daughter - Herman Chin-Loy (2:58)
  7. 7 Funky Aquarius (Aquarius Horns) - Herman Chin-Loy
  8. 8 Funky Strip - Herman Chin-Loy (10:21)
  9. 9 Iggy Iggy - Herman Chin-Loy (3:04)
  10. 10 Road Runner - Herman Chin-Loy (2:41)
  11. 11 Pick Up the Pieces - Herman Chin-Loy (2:19)
  12. 12 Song of the East - Herman Chin-Loy (2:52)
  13. 13 Middle East Skank - Herman Chin-Loy (2:52)
  14. 14 No More War - Herman Chin-Loy (2:45)
  15. 15 No More Version - Herman Chin-Loy (2:24)
  16. 16 Snowball and Pudding - Herman Chin-Loy (2:51)
  17. 17 East of the River Nile - Herman Chin-Loy (2:47)
  18. 18 Soul Vibration - Herman Chin-Loy (2:27)
  19. 19 River Nile Version - Herman Chin-Loy (2:45)
  20. 20 Return of Sabata - Herman Chin-Loy (2:54)
  21. 21 Sabata - Herman Chin-Loy (3:21)
  22. 22 Song My Mother Used to Sing - Herman Chin-Loy (3:09)
  23. 23 Groove With It - Herman Chin-Loy (2:06)
  24. 24 I Man - Herman Chin-Loy (2:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Glen Adams Keyboards
Aston Barrett Bass
Lloyd Charmers Keyboards
Geoffrey Chung Keyboards
Mikey Chung Guitar
Val Douglas Bass
Tyrone Downey Keyboards
Sly Dunbar Drums
Bobby Ellis Trumpet
Earl Lindo Keyboards
Tommy McCook Tenor Saxophone
Robbie Shakespeare Bass
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson Percussion
Alva Lewis Guitar
Greg Adams Keyboards
Horace Swaby Keyboards, Melodica
Vincent "Trommie" Gordon Trombone
Lorraine "Ronny Bop" Williams Guitar
Mikey "Boo" Richards Drums
Technical Credits
Dennis Brown Composer
Alton Ellis Composer
The Aquarians Composer
Dennis Alcapone Composer
David Blackman Mastering
Carlton Lee Engineer
Sylvan Morris Engineer
Augustus Pablo Composer, Author
Karl Pitterson Engineer
Errol Thompson Engineer
Sounds Unlimited Orchestra Composer
Bruce Ruffin Author
Rachael Artwork
Herman Chin-Loy Producer, Author
Cordell Braham Author
Charlie Boy Composer
Archie McKay Composer
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