In a Dis Ya Time

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Excellent and aggravating all at once, In a Dis Ya Time has a definite purpose -- collecting the Itals' recordings with producer Lloyd Campbell -- but the bland, greeting card cover art and the lack of any hand-holding liner notes inside are disappointing. Named after the trio's signature song -- the one Keith Richards described as "the perfect reggae track" -- the set duplicates much of the Nighthawks label's Early Recordings collection from 1984, but by going deeper into the Campbell recordings from this time the set has some desirable alternatives. Most attractive is the extended version of "In a Dis Ya Time" which tacks on the instrumental version from trombonist Vin...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Excellent and aggravating all at once, In a Dis Ya Time has a definite purpose -- collecting the Itals' recordings with producer Lloyd Campbell -- but the bland, greeting card cover art and the lack of any hand-holding liner notes inside are disappointing. Named after the trio's signature song -- the one Keith Richards described as "the perfect reggae track" -- the set duplicates much of the Nighthawks label's Early Recordings collection from 1984, but by going deeper into the Campbell recordings from this time the set has some desirable alternatives. Most attractive is the extended version of "In a Dis Ya Time" which tacks on the instrumental version from trombonist Vin Gordon and rightfully stretches the classic groove out for a near six-and-a-half minutes. "Rougher Yet " and the trio's take on the Curtis Mayfield-penned "You Don't Care" get the same special treatment, but from where these long takes are sourced isn't mentioned. All these late-'70s tunes cross classic roots reggae harmonies with the Stepping Razor style of Keith Richards' old housemate, Peter Tosh, but the last quarter of the set jumps all the way to the digital age and jarringly adds cuts from Mi Livity, the Itals' 2003 reunion with Campbell. One last curveball comes with the closing "Won't You Come Home," a bounce back to 1975 but still a red hot tune, now with DJs Trinity and Dillinger toasting on the tacked-on version. Reggae fanatics will love the Campbell-through-the-years concept and you can't fault the track list, but this is preaching to the converted. The underappreciated Itals deserve some advocating and with most other releases on the 17 North Parade imprint showing proper respect and care, this missed opportunity is a head scratcher.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/2008
  • Label: Vp Records
  • UPC: 054645414128
  • Catalog Number: 4141
  • Sales rank: 89,607

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Medley: In A Dis Ya Time/Harbour View Rock - Vin Gordon (6:26)
  2. 2 Time Well Tell (2:56)
  3. 3 Don't Wake The Lion (2:28)
  4. 4 Brutal Out Deh (4:02)
  5. 5 False Preachers (3:11)
  6. 6 You Don't Care (6:02)
  7. 7 Rougher Yet (6:14)
  8. 8 Time Getting Harder (3:19)
  9. 9 Seeing Is Believing (3:28)
  10. 10 Temptation (3:37)
  11. 11 Beware (3:03)
  12. 12 Like You Do (3:42)
  13. 13 The Way You Are (3:25)
  14. 14 The Half (3:24)
  15. 15 What About Me (3:41)
  16. 16 Medley: Won't You Come Home/Bump Skank - Trinity (6:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Itals Primary Artist
Ansel Collins Keyboards
Ronnie Davis Vocals
Sly Dunbar Drums
Bobby Ellis Trumpet
Vin Gordon Trombone
Tommy McCook Saxophone
Lloyd Parks Bass
Keith Porter Vocals
Rad Bryan Guitar
Lloyd Ricketts Vocals
Bertram "Ranchie" McLean Guitar
Roy Smith Bass, Vocals
Radford 'Duggie' Bryan Guitar
"Deadly" Headley Bennett Saxophone
Sticky Percussion
Technical Credits
Curtis Mayfield Composer
Duke Reid Composer
Lloyd Campbell Producer, Executive Producer, Audio Production
Ronnie Davis Composer
Christopher Chin Executive Producer
Paul Shields Remastering
C.S. Dodd Composer
Fidel "Twice" Luna Remastering
Donald Clive Davidson Remastering
Derval Fairweather Illustrations
P. Rhoden Composer
L. Daley Composer
J.R. Hammond Composer
A. H. Porter Composer
R. Davis Composer
L. Campbell Composer
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