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

  • Black Uhuru/Chronixx - I Love King Selassie/versionBlack Uhuru/ChronixxI Love King Selassie/version

    Nice mix of the classic Black Uhuru tune with the added input of Chronixx. Works well.

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  • Michael Rose - African QueenMichael RoseAfrican Queen

    Michael Rose's distinctive tone gets on a re-working of Yabby's a King Pharoah's Plague rhythm. Nicely done by King Jammy and comes with a nice dub on the flipside. Excellent.

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  • The Inturns  - Nothing is Impossible (extended mix)The Inturns Nothing is Impossible (extended mix)

    An excellent extended mix by Phil Pratt of The Inturns 'Nothing is Impossible'. First released on a Chanan Jah 12' in the mid nineteen seventies. The Inturns recorded an album and several singles for Phil Pratt before returning to the their original name The Viceroys. Extended mix of 'Detour' on the flipside. Comes in a hand stamped bag. Crisp.

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  • Junior Brown - What a disasterJunior BrownWhat a disaster

    Three cuts of Junior Brown/ Phil Pratts 'What a disaster'. The rhythm was recorded in Jamaica by Sly and Robbie and was part of the Dial M for Murder lp. The Junior Brown vocal was voiced in the UK and released on The Mystic label. We have an extra mix added to the Pressure Sounds release by The Disciple. A killer release that comes in a hand stamped bag made out of re-cycled card.

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  • L. Crosdale  - Reggae MusicL. Crosdale Reggae Music

    Really uplifting vocal from Lloyd Crosdale. Bit of a pearl this one. Nice tune on the Studio One imprint 'London Records'. Backed by Drumbago and the Rebel Brothers on the flipside. Nice spacey dub. Original JA pressing so check the soundclips.

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  • Don Drummond  - ReloadDon Drummond Reload

    Genius from the master Don Drummond. Ably backed by Lennie Hibbert on vibes on 'Reload' on the A side. On the flipside the more frantic 'Little Willie' by Clue J & his Blues Busters. A pretty good pressing but check the sound clips before you buy.

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