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Man and His Hits
     

A Man and His Hits

by Ken Boothe
 
Contrary to the title, this is not a reissue of the 1972 Studio One album of the same name, although it does include many of that album's tracks, while also bundling up classic cuts from across the years, from the classic ska years into the rocksteady era and on into the reggae period, ending in the late '70s. Although the sleeve notes give a potted bio of the singer,

Overview

Contrary to the title, this is not a reissue of the 1972 Studio One album of the same name, although it does include many of that album's tracks, while also bundling up classic cuts from across the years, from the classic ska years into the rocksteady era and on into the reggae period, ending in the late '70s. Although the sleeve notes give a potted bio of the singer, they provide little help in dating many of these songs; more details are given about the actual backing bands, so it's a real test of the listener's expertise. The liner notes do include interviews with both Ken Boothe and producer Coxsone Dodd, however, which helps make up for the lack of hard info. And then there's the fabulous music itself. Several of the songs included are duets, including two stellar numbers with Delroy Wilson, while the ska classic "Artibella" features Stranger Cole on lead vocals, and dates back to the days before Boothe struck out on his own and was still part of the legendary duo Stranger & Ken. An equally seminal song was the rocksteady gem "The Train Is Coming," featuring backing vocals by the Wailers, and became Boothe's first solo hit. Boothe's distinctive yet versatile vocals are always a wonder to behold, and A Man and His Hits showcases many of his moods. From the torch singer of "I'm a Fool" to the emotional despair of "Lonely Teardrops," the pensiveness of "Thinking" and onto the outright exuberance of "Artibella," where he steals the song right out from under Cole, Boothe's evocative vocals give an emotional charge to everything he sings. This is the perfect introduction to one of Jamaica's most irrepressible talents. Enjoy.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/10/1999
Label:
Heartbeat / Pgd
UPC:
0011661768826
catalogNumber:
617688

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ken Boothe   Primary Artist
Leroy Sibbles   Bass
Roland Alphonso   Horn
Boris Gardiner   Bass
Lloyd Brevett   Bass
Phil Callender   Drums
Stranger Cole   Track Performer
Eric Frater   Guitar
Lloyd Knibbs   Drums
Robert Lyn   Keyboards
Jackie Mittoo   Keyboards
Johnny "Dizzy" Moore   Horn
Delroy Wilson   Track Performer
Maurice Stewart   Bass
Errol Walters   Guitar
Bonnie Williams   Drums
Dennis Campbell   Horn
Johnny Moore Band   Horn
Jerome Haines   Guitar
Harry Haughton   Guitar
Joe Isaacs   Drums
Lloyd Richards   Keyboards
Bryan Atkinson   Bass

Technical Credits

Skatalites   Contributor
Chuck Foster   Liner Notes
Leroy Smart   Composer
Clement "Coxsone" Dodd   Producer,Engineer
Sylvan Morris   Engineer
Winston Rodney   Composer
Sound Dimension   Contributor
Soul Vendors   Contributor
D. Wilson   Composer
C.S. Dodd   Producer,Engineer
Mackba Rodney   Composer
Marcus Rodney   Composer

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