Something Special: Ska Hot Shots

Something Special: Ska Hot Shots

by Roland Alphonso
     
 
No single compilation could fairly represent the breadth of Alphonso's career -- so often did he record as a solo artist, bandleader, band member, and session musician. This, however, is an excellent 20-song retrospective of vintage sides from 1958-68 released largely under his own name; if they weren't, they were by groups in which Alphonso

Overview

No single compilation could fairly represent the breadth of Alphonso's career -- so often did he record as a solo artist, bandleader, band member, and session musician. This, however, is an excellent 20-song retrospective of vintage sides from 1958-68 released largely under his own name; if they weren't, they were by groups in which Alphonso was the leader or principal player. Actually, he recorded in a staggering variety of guises, and this anthology includes cuts that were billed to Roland Alphonso & the Alley Cats, Roland Alphonso & the Studio One Orchestra, Roland Alphonso & the Soul Brothers, just the Soul Brothers, Rolando & His Group, Soul Vendors, Clue J & His Blues Blasters, Rolando & the Sharks, and so on... you get the picture. The important thing is that these are exciting, seminal ska and reggae instrumentals, with styles traversing ska roots to rock steady and soul-influenced reggae. There's more variety to be heard here than with almost any other single-artist ska compilation -- from ska takes on spy movie themes and witty novelties like "Rollie Pollie" to the cooking "Do It Good" (which is as close to early American funk-soul as it is to reggae). Alphonso plays imaginative, jazzy sax throughout, and unlike many of the ska brassmen, was not prone to a wobbly or out-of-tune squeak. Among the dozens of other musicians heard on this collection are numerous major ska-reggae figures: Tommy McCook, Rico Rodriquez, Ernest Ranglin, Rita Marley, Clement Dodd, Jackie Mittoo, and even Lee Perry. The liner notes, recording and release dates, and session personnel are amazingly comprehensive for an early reggae reissue. Three of the songs were previously unreleased.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/18/2000
Label:
Heartbeat / Pgd
UPC:
0011661772823
catalogNumber:
617728

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roland Alphonso   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Rita Marley   Vocals
Aubrey Adams   Organ,Piano
Lloyd Brevett   Bass
Karl Bryan   Alto Saxophone
Fred Crossley   Bass
Clement "Coxsone" Dodd   Percussion,Vocals,Hand Clapping
Bobby Ellis   Trumpet
Lloyd Knibbs   Drums
Cecil Lloyd   Organ,Piano
Tommy McCook   Tenor Saxophone
Ernest Ranglin   Guitar
Lloyd Robinson   Drums
Lester Sterling   Alto Saxophone
Dennis Sindrey   Guitar
Errol Walters   Guitar
Soul Vendors   Track Performer
Ken Williams   Drums
Joe Isaacs   Drums
Bryan Atkinson   Bass

Technical Credits

Clement "Coxsone" Dodd   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes
Sylvan Morris   Engineer
Brian Keyo   Liner Notes

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