Safe Travel with Phil Pratt & Friends 1966-68: The Rare Side of Rock Steady

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Phil Pratt was one of the lesser-known producers and performers of Jamaica's rocksteady era, but that doesn't mean his work didn't have the quality of the big boys like Duke Reid or Clement "Coxsone" Dodd. Just listen, for example, to "Black Man's Country" from Horace Hinds who'd become better known as Horace Andy, with its conscious lyrics, or "No One to Give Me Love," from Larry Marshall and Alvin Leslie. There's no shortage of strong names -- Ken Boothe, the Clarendonians, Tommy McCook -- all released several sides for Pratt over the course of the two years covered by this disc. But these songs have been heard all too rarely, which is a shame. Pratt's own "Reach Out" ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Phil Pratt was one of the lesser-known producers and performers of Jamaica's rocksteady era, but that doesn't mean his work didn't have the quality of the big boys like Duke Reid or Clement "Coxsone" Dodd. Just listen, for example, to "Black Man's Country" from Horace Hinds who'd become better known as Horace Andy, with its conscious lyrics, or "No One to Give Me Love," from Larry Marshall and Alvin Leslie. There's no shortage of strong names -- Ken Boothe, the Clarendonians, Tommy McCook -- all released several sides for Pratt over the course of the two years covered by this disc. But these songs have been heard all too rarely, which is a shame. Pratt's own "Reach Out" is a wonderful piece of work, as dramatic as anything from the Motown label, with a brooding bassline, while Boothe skanks up Southern soul on his cover of "You Left the Water Running," a rarity that's worth the entire price of admission. There's an unsurprisingly jazzy quality and sophistication to McCook's "Caltone Special" as befits a former leader of the Skatalites, while the lovely harmonies of the Clarendonians shine on "Bye Bye Bye." 23 tracks, and every one a winner. If only every compilation could make that claim.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/28/2005
  • Label: Pressure Sounds
  • UPC: 689492034115
  • Catalog Number: 47
  • Sales rank: 260,205

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Safe Travel - Phil Pratt (2:12)
  2. 2 No One to Give Me Love - Alvin Leslie (2:27)
  3. 3 I Used to Be a Fool - Milton Boothe (2:33)
  4. 4 Sweet Song for My Baby - Phil Pratt (3:06)
  5. 5 Black Man's Country - Horace Hinds (2:10)
  6. 6 Time Is Getting Harder - Peter Austin (2:09)
  7. 7 Reach Out - Phil Pratt (2:51)
  8. 8 What Kind of Man - The Cool Cats (2:20)
  9. 9 Little Things - Hemsley (2:41)
  10. 10 Bigger Things - Tommy McCook (3:24)
  11. 11 Money Girl - Larry Marshall (2:52)
  12. 12 You Left the Water Running - Ken Boothe (2:08)
  13. 13 Book of Books - Charlie Ace (2:12)
  14. 14 Dirty Dozen - Vincent Don D Junior Gordon (4:00)
  15. 15 Love Is Strange - Hemsley (2:03)
  16. 16 The One I Love - Ken Boothe (2:24)
  17. 17 Bye Bye Bye - The Clarendonians (2:50)
  18. 18 Caltone Special - Tommy McCook (2:56)
  19. 19 Suicide (Hang My Head & Cry) - Alva Lewis (2:22)
  20. 20 Your Love - Peter Austin (2:22)
  21. 21 I'm Restless - The Thrillers (2:41)
  22. 22 Baby Baby - The Clarendonians (3:07)
  23. 23 Victory - Phil Pratt (2:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Theophilus Beckford Piano, Group Member
Dizzy Johnny Moore Trumpet
Winston Grennan Drums
Hugh Malcolm Drums
Herman Marquis Tenor Saxophone
Tommy McCook Tenor Saxophone
Winston Wright Organ, Group Member
Joe Isaacs Drums, Group Member
Tommy McCook & the Supersonics Track Performer
Lynford Hux Brown Guitar, Group Member
Vincent Don D Junior Gordon Trombone
Nerlyn Lynn Taitt Guitar, Group Member
Lynn Taitt & The Jets Track Performer
Bryan Atkinson Bass, Group Member
Technical Credits
Carlton Lee Engineer
Byron Smith Engineer
Lyn Taitt Arranger
Phil Pratt Producer
Louis Davidson Engineer
Harry Hawke Liner Notes
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