Bobby Kalphat & The All stars

Pressure Sounds * PS79 * 2013

Zion Hill

Zion Hill

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In the fifty odd years of the musical history of Jamaica’s popular music and the development of its styles through ska, rocksteady, reggae and onwards, time has now allowed some perspective so that the major players who created and changed styles and formed the music’s sonic backbone can be identified and recognised for their achievements. The names that come easily to mind, as far as the players of instruments are concerned, are people like Ernie Ranglin, Lynn Taitt, Bobby Aitken, Jackie Mittoo, Tommy McCook and so on, there is a whole premier league of major movers that have become familiar over time. However, hidden to those with only a casual interest is a deeper layer of musicians and arrangers who were equally key in the development of the music, such a player is keyboardist Bobby Kalphat, best known for his work with producer Phil Pratt but who worked with a series of some of the top artists of Jamaica from the late sixties through to the present day.

This release features the legendary album Zion Hill Dub, originally out on pre-release only on Pratt’s Terminal imprint in 1977 and never re-issued until now; the set is a collection of a few 45s bearing Kalphat’s name as an artist plus a number of other sides where he featured as the main player, either on keys or melodica. In addition to the original ten tracks from the album a further seven contemporary cuts are added as a bonus.

Reviews

  • Carl Dawkins  - Hard TimesCarl Dawkins Hard Times

    Carl Dawkins tells us about Hard Times. Early 70s business with a great vocal.

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  • Lee Perry & Lynn Taitt - Soul FoodLee Perry & Lynn TaittSoul Food

    Memphis Soul Food cooked the Jamaican way. Has a Lee Perry credit but he is most likely not involved. Never the less an excellent 45.

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  • Lee Perry  - KimbleLee Perry Kimble

    Lee Perry with 'Kimble' on the A side. 'Seeing is Knowing' on the flipside.

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  • Blues Busters  - I won't let you goBlues Busters I won't let you go

    Both sides of this excellent 45 produced by Ronnie Nasrallah are top quality. The A side is 'I won't let you go' and the flipside is 'Love me forever'. Big tunes!!

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  • Blues Busters - There's always sunshineBlues BustersThere's always sunshine

    A slower rocksteady track from the Blues Busters on the A side with 'There's always sunshine' the ever reliable 'Maytals' on the flipside with 'Sometimes'.

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  • The Willows - Send Another MosesThe WillowsSend Another Moses

    Classic that was first recorded at Studio One by 'The Willows' comes withe correct version on the flipside. Check the sound samples before you buy as they are JA pressings.

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