Bobby Kalphat & The All stars

Pressure Sounds * PS79 * 2013

Zion Hill

Zion Hill

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Information

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

  • Rock Tone Band - The Promised LandRock Tone BandThe Promised Land

    Niney Produced Steppers from the Rock Tone Band. Comes with the version of the same tune on the flipside.

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  • Johnny Clarke  - Ites, Green and GoldJohnny Clarke Ites, Green and Gold

    Johnny Clarke roots produced by Bunny Lee and flipside is a King Tubby mix. Nice.

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  • Hopeton Junior  - RewardHopeton Junior Reward

    Slow sticky roots from Channel One. Hopeton Junior on familiar Channel One turf. Excellent dub on the flipside

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  • Upright Foundation  - Wolf in sheep ClothingUpright Foundation Wolf in sheep Clothing

    Melodic roots produced by Clive Chin. Nice Trombone led dub on the flipside. Excellent stuff.

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  • Montgomery  - SensimelaMontgomery Sensimela

    Uptempo reflections on the blessed erb.

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  • Trevor Byfield  - Burning BushTrevor Byfield Burning Bush

    Roots steppers from Trevor Byfield

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