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This delightful album has an interesting history. Assembled in 1969 in Jamaica by producer Derrick Harriott from the ashes of the Federals, the Chosen Few originally featured a lineup of David "Scotty" Scott, Franklyn Spence, and Noel Browne, with Ritchie MacDonald also occasionally a member. Always as much a straight soul group as a reggae one, the Few had a handful of Jamaican hits before Scotty left for a solo DJ career and was replaced by Busty Brown. Soul specialist Errol Brown also came on board, essentially replacing MacDonald. Unhappy with Harriott's handling, the group relocated to Canada, where its mix of straight soul and reggae made them a popular live act. 1973 found them in Miami where they began ...
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This delightful album has an interesting history. Assembled in 1969 in Jamaica by producer Derrick Harriott from the ashes of the Federals, the Chosen Few originally featured a lineup of David "Scotty" Scott, Franklyn Spence, and Noel Browne, with Ritchie MacDonald also occasionally a member. Always as much a straight soul group as a reggae one, the Few had a handful of Jamaican hits before Scotty left for a solo DJ career and was replaced by Busty Brown. Soul specialist Errol Brown also came on board, essentially replacing MacDonald. Unhappy with Harriott's handling, the group relocated to Canada, where its mix of straight soul and reggae made them a popular live act. 1973 found them in Miami where they began recording with ex-patriot Jamaican producer King Sporty Noel Williams, who wisely teamed them with KC and the Sunshine Band. The result was an album of solid funk and soul with reggae overtones that was released in 1974 on the Konduko label as Night and Day. U.K. label Trojan picked up the album and re-released it in 1976 as The Chosen Few in Miami. The album failed to sell much under either title, and sank into obscurity. One of the cuts, the ultra-dance "Funky Buttercup," became a staple for rare groove DJs, however, and the Chosen Few gathered somewhat of a cult following as the 1990s waned, leading to this reissue of In Miami with a generous selection of bonus tracks. The album itself is a wonderful set of funk tunes with just the occasional hint of reggae rhythm popping through here and there, all topped off with classy soul vocals and harmonies. "Funky Buttercup" is the clear centerpiece, but "Candy, I'm So Doggone Mixed Up" is another soul/funk gem, along with the two most Jamaican pieces, "Night and Day" and "In the Rain." The generous selection of bonus tracks are assembled from other King Sporty productions from the same era, and include the perfect soul
eggae hybrid, "Sun Will Shine," a funky instrumental credited to Chuck Houston called "Black Foxy Woman," and two versions of "I'm Going Down for the Last Time" by Ronnie Keaton and the Ocean Liners Band. The end result is a wonderful, nearly seamless sequence of light funk, with just enough reggae mixed in to keep it all unique. Listeners looking for classic Jamaican roots material will probably be disappointed at the hybrid, and hard funk fans may also find fault with it, but as an attempt to graft two different musical styles and cultures together, The Chosen Few in Miami
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/11/2005
  • Label: Sanctuary Trojan Us
  • UPC: 060768050426
  • Catalog Number: 80504

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Night and Day (3:00)
  2. 2 I Am a Man (2:55)
  3. 3 In the Rain (3:26)
  4. 4 Wandering (3:04)
  5. 5 Funky Buttercup (2:49)
  6. 6 Candy, I'm So Doggone Mixed Up (2:28)
  7. 7 Why Can't We Live (2:02)
  8. 8 Drift Away (3:21)
  9. 9 Daniel (3:43)
  10. 10 Hit Me With Music (3:18)
  11. 11 Sun Will Shine (4:50)
  12. 12 All Things Change (2:31)
  13. 13 Music Maker (3:11)
  14. 14 Don't Let Me Down (2:11)
  15. 15 Girl I've Got a Date (2:42)
  16. 16 Thinking of You (3:11)
  17. 17 Self Destruct (2:24)
  18. 18 Dancing Mood (2:17)
  19. 19 Black Foxy Woman (2:58)
  20. 20 Young Girl (2:39)
  21. 21 Reggae Rock Road (3:25)
  22. 22 I'm Going Down for the Last Time - Ocean Liners Band (2:46)
  23. 23 I'm Going Down for the Last Time - Ocean Liners Band (2:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chosen Few Primary Artist
KC & the Sunshine Band Musician
Ocean Liners Band Musician
Technical Credits
Alton Ellis Composer
Elton John Composer
Jeff Campbell Composer
Noel Brown Composer
Tony Hester Composer
King Sporty Producer
Bernie Taupin Composer
Mentor Williams Composer
Mike Williams Composer
Laurence Cane-Honeysett Creative Coordinator
Walter Williams Composer
Carl Gayle Liner Notes
Michael DeKoningh Liner Notes
Debbie de Villiers Graphic Design
Phillip James Composer
David Radford Sleeve Photo
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