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All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
One of Jamaica's most revered bands, Zap Pow were formed at the dawn of the '70s. The group scored with its first single, "Mystic Mood," breaking soon after into the international market with the sizzling "This Is Reggae Music." Although it was Zap Pow's abstract, jazz-flecked, funk-fired, bubbly reggae instrumentals that initially caught the attention of record buyers, they also released vocal cuts, with the leads shared between bassist Mike Williams and saxophonist Glen DeCosta. Until, that is, Zap's guitarist Dwight Pinkney caught a young Beres Hammond on-stage, and Hammond joined the group in late 1975. Hammond's powerful, emotive vocals were a perfect fit for Pow, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
One of Jamaica's most revered bands, Zap Pow were formed at the dawn of the '70s. The group scored with its first single, "Mystic Mood," breaking soon after into the international market with the sizzling "This Is Reggae Music." Although it was Zap Pow's abstract, jazz-flecked, funk-fired, bubbly reggae instrumentals that initially caught the attention of record buyers, they also released vocal cuts, with the leads shared between bassist Mike Williams and saxophonist Glen DeCosta. Until, that is, Zap's guitarist Dwight Pinkney caught a young Beres Hammond on-stage, and Hammond joined the group in late 1975. Hammond's powerful, emotive vocals were a perfect fit for Pow, and a steady stream of smash singles followed. In 1978 Island bundled up six of the group's hits drawn from as far back as 1973 for Zap Pow's eponymous compilation. Fans were treated to such sumptuous roots fare as "Last War," "Rootsman Rising," and the funky "World," alongside a trio of grand romantic numbers -- "Excuse Me," "Some Sweet Day," and "Let's Fall in Love," stunners one and all. Neither the fabulous "Reggae Music" nor the sublime "Mystic Mood" were included, but this reissue rights that wrong, and adds another half-dozen great period cuts to boot. Further standouts include "United," "Sunshine People," the sophisticated "Tonight We Love," and the jazz-reggae spectacular "Jah Haawn," the latter two stellar instrumentals. Such phenomenal talent was invariably in high demand. At the end of the decade Hammond departed for a solo career, while the musicians were individually courted by myriad producers and artists, all leading to Zap Pow's demise. The band's releases are all worth searching out, and this reissue makes a great start for any reggae fan and collector.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2007
  • Label: Vp Records
  • UPC: 054645236522
  • Catalog Number: 2365
  • Sales rank: 114,757

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 This Is Reggae Music (2:59)
  2. 2 Sunshine People (2:35)
  3. 3 Last War (6:17)
  4. 4 Rootsman Reggae (5:36)
  5. 5 Some Sweet Day (4:42)
  6. 6 Let's Fall in Love (4:52)
  7. 7 Excuse Me (4:40)
  8. 8 Bubblin' Over (3:30)
  9. 9 United (3:43)
  10. 10 Mystic Mood (3:09)
  11. 11 Sweet Lovin' Love (2:50)
  12. 12 World (3:15)
  13. 13 Jah Haawn (3:16)
  14. 14 Tonight We Love (2:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Zap Pow Primary Artist
Boris Gardiner Background Vocals
Beres Hammond Background Vocals
Pam Hall Background Vocals
Aubrey Adams Keyboards
Peter Ashbourne Keyboards
Bubba Keyboards
Glen DaCosta Background Vocals
Lloyd Denton Bass Guitar
Max Edwards Drums
Charles Farquharson Organ
Earl Fitzsimmonds Piano
Everald Gayle Trombone
Tony Green Saxophone
Tony Johnson Piano
Robert Lyn Clavinet
David Madden Background Vocals
Cornell Marshall Background Vocals
Joe McCormack Trombone
Dwight Pinkney Background Vocals
Noel "Scully" Simms Percussion
Stephen Stewart fender rhodes
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson Percussion
Shane Brown Guitar
Ossie Scott Saxophone
Keith Francis Bass Guitar
Chinna Smith Guitar
Wigmore Francis Guitar
D. Mowatt Drums
Dorien "Speckles" Williams Drums
Arnold Breckenridge Trumpet
Dan Newby Drums
Mikey "Boo" Richards Drums
Carl Edwards Bass Guitar
Dale Haslam Bass Guitar
Colgate Guitar
Saundra Myers Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Glen DaCosta Composer, Audio Production
David Madden Audio Production
Dwight Pinkney Audio Production
Paul Shields Reissue Producer, Remastering
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