Let's Catch the Beat: The Music That Launched the Legend

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All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
In on the ground floor, Robert "Dandy" Livingstone Thompson was instrumental to the spectacular growth and popularity of Trojan Records. Brought onboard as a stopgap, Dandy feverishly provided releases while the label heads busily head-hunted Jamaican producers. The singing producer was an astute choice by Trojan but the decision to sink money into full-priced, full-length albums was not; the reggae scene was singles-driven, and it wasn't until the second half of the '70s that a market for 33s came in. Thus, 1968's Follow That Donkey was a flop, as was its follow-up, Dandy Returns in later years both were highly sought after by collectors. Trojan learned the lesson, and ...
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All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
In on the ground floor, Robert "Dandy" Livingstone Thompson was instrumental to the spectacular growth and popularity of Trojan Records. Brought onboard as a stopgap, Dandy feverishly provided releases while the label heads busily head-hunted Jamaican producers. The singing producer was an astute choice by Trojan but the decision to sink money into full-priced, full-length albums was not; the reggae scene was singles-driven, and it wasn't until the second half of the '70s that a market for 33s came in. Thus, 1968's Follow That Donkey was a flop, as was its follow-up, Dandy Returns in later years both were highly sought after by collectors. Trojan learned the lesson, and when Dandy's third 33, Let's Catch the Beat credited to the Brother Dan All-Stars was released in 1969, it was priced at a much more enticing 99p less than the cost of two 45s, and swiftly turned into one of the label's biggest-selling records. The two-CD Let's Catch the Beat reissues all three albums in their entirety, while also rounding up all of Dandy's non-album A- and B-side 45s, including his productions, from 1968. Closely following the Jamaican scene, the artist immediately picked up on all the latest fashions emanating from the island, be it the rage for donkeys, ribaldry, or the new reggae rhythm. But even though all of Dandy's productions and arrangements were highly indebted to his homeland, he brought a distinctive British flavor to his records that set them apart from the originators. Dandy's first two albums may have remained in the shops, but the records themselves were a revelation, while his singles were sweeping through the British sound systems like blazing fire. Dandy would finally break out into the U.K. chart in the following decade, but long before that he was a superstar in the reggae community, Britain's own answer to Prince Buster, and just as influential. Kudos to Trojan for making these crucial records available to modern fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/9/2003
  • Label: Import [generic]
  • UPC: 766482728749
  • Catalog Number: 99133

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Follow That Donkey - Brother Dan All-Stars (2:50)
  2. 2 Raver's Serenade - Brother Dan All-Stars (2:38)
  3. 3 Tears in My Eyes - Brother Dan All-Stars (2:41)
  4. 4 Donkey Returns - Brother Dan All-Stars (2:38)
  5. 5 Please Stay (Don't Go) - Brother Dan All-Stars (2:31)
  6. 6 My Dreams - Brother Dan All-Stars (2:32)
  7. 7 I Want to Rave - Brother Dan All-Stars (3:12)
  8. 8 Farewell My Love - Brother Dan All-Stars (3:22)
  9. 9 Show Me Baby - Owen Gray & The Brother Dan Allstars (2:49)
  10. 10 Dark End - Brother Dan All-Stars (2:42)
  11. 11 Darling (You Know I Love You) - Owen Gary & The Brother Dan Allstars (2:24)
  12. 12 (Darling) You Send Me - Owen Gray & The Brother Dan Allstars (3:02)
  13. 13 Run Come Have Some Fun (2:06)
  14. 14 Only a Fool Breaks His Own Heart (3:00)
  15. 15 Put On Your Dancing Shoes (3:10)
  16. 16 Tribute to the Prince (2:50)
  17. 17 Yesterday (3:03)
  18. 18 The Race Is On (3:10)
  19. 19 You're Not the Same Girl (3:10)
  20. 20 Your Daddy Is Home (2:56)
  21. 21 Doctor Sure Shot (2:41)
  22. 22 It's a Sad World (3:13)
  23. 23 Musical Land (3:02)
  24. 24 My Nights Are So Lonely (2:41)
  25. 25 Tribute to Sir K.B. - Brother Dan All-Stars (2:17)
  26. 26 Our Love Will Last - The Jivers & The Brother Dan Allstars (2:30)
  27. 27 Eastern Organ - Brother Dan All-Stars (2:54)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Hold Pon Them - Brother Dan All-Stars (2:09)
  2. 2 Answer Me - Owen Gray & The Brother Dan Allstars (2:53)
  3. 3 Wear My Crown - The Jivers & The Brother Dan Allstars (2:55)
  4. 4 Down on the Beach - The Jivers & The Brother Dan Allstars (2:08)
  5. 5 Pony Ride - Dandy & The Brother Dan Allstars (2:26)
  6. 6 Baby You Send Me - Dandy & The Brother Dan Allstars (2:46)
  7. 7 Read Up - Brother Dan All-Stars (2:10)
  8. 8 Gallop - Brother Dan All-Stars (1:42)
  9. 9 Another Saturday Night - Brother Dan All-Stars (2:08)
  10. 10 Bees Knees - Brother Dan All-Stars (2:07)
  11. 11 Donkey Train - Denzil Dennis & The Brother Dan Allstars (3:08)
  12. 12 Down by the Riverside - Denzil Dennis & The Brother Dan Allstars (2:31)
  13. 13 Me Nah Worry - Denzil Dennis & The Brother Dan Allstars (3:08)
  14. 14 Hush Don't You Cry - Denzil Dennis & The Brother Dan Allstars (2:49)
  15. 15 The Toast - Dandy & The Brother Dan Allstars (3:36)
  16. 16 Mellow Music - Brother Dan All-Stars (2:36)
  17. 17 One More Dance - Dandy & The Brother Dan Allstars (2:45)
  18. 18 (All I Have to Do Is) Dream - Denzil Dennis & The Brother Dan Allstars (3:26)
  19. 19 Lee's Farewell - Brother Dan All-Stars (2:14)
  20. 20 Life Can Be Beautiful - Brother Dan All-Stars (2:19)
  21. 21 Sincerely - Pat Rhoden & The Brother Dan Allstars (3:13)
  22. 22 Since I Met You Baby - Denzil Dennis & The Brother Dan Allstars (2:51)
  23. 23 Freedom - Brother Dan All-Stars (3:15)
  24. 24 Everynight - Brother Dan All-Stars (2:16)
  25. 25 The Bunk - Brother Dan All-Stars (2:27)
  26. 26 Everybody Feel Good - Brother Dan All-Stars (3:01)
  27. 27 Don't You Know - Brother Dan All-Stars (2:33)
  28. 28 Kicks Out - Brother Dan All-Stars (2:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
El Dandy Primary Artist
Pablo "Dandy" Ortiz Indexed Contributor
Owen Gray Vocals
Pat Rhoden Vocals
Robert "Dandy" Thompson Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Ivory Joe Hunter Composer
Sam Cooke Composer
Alan Freed Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Dandy Livingstone Producer
Felice Bryant Composer
Boudleaux Bryant Composer
Harvey Fuqua Composer
Norman Bergen Composer
Laurence Cane-Honeysett Creative Coordinator
Vic Keary Engineer
Shelly Coburn Composer
Robert "Dandy" Thompson Composer, Producer, Engineer
John Reed Reissue Concept
"Lieutenant" Ritchie Hardin Liner Notes
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