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

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

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

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/28/2005
Label: Pressure Sounds
UPC: 0689492034115
catalogNumber: 47

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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