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

  • Family Man - Distant DrumsFamily ManDistant Drums

    Roots classic.

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  • Max Edwards  - Gideons HighMax Edwards Gideons High

    Off beat instrumental that's not been available before on vinyl since its original release. Hats off to Dub Store for getting this one out.

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  • Tommy McCook/The Skatalites - SauvittTommy McCook/The SkatalitesSauvitt

    Killer double A side from the masters at Studio One. Latin inspired Tommy McCook on the one side with Sauvitt and the Skatalites on the flipside with 'Well Charge' Both well worth having. Check the sound clips before you buy as they are Jamaican pressings.

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  • Dixie Peach & Disciples  - My SoundDixie Peach & Disciples My Sound

    Nice uptempo roots from Russ in tandem with Dixie Peach.

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  • Cornell Campbell  - Jah Give Us LoveCornell Campbell Jah Give Us Love

    4 uptempo steppers cuts of the Cornell Campbell roots classic 'Jah Give Us Love'. Comes with a minimal dubbed out piece by Prince Far i 'Tenastelin' and then 2 further cuts on the flipside Charlie Chaplin with 'Air is Polluted' and a dub version. Produced by Roy Cousins and comes in a hand stamped bag. Big and broad.

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  • Scientist/Roy Cousins - Four Track 10' E.P.Scientist/Roy CousinsFour Track 10' E.P.

    Roy Cousins is primarily known for his vocal group the Royals. But working with Scientist in his prime in the early 1980s he was able to spin out some formidable versions to his excellent vocal productions. These four cuts are awesome. Seismic and heavy - check em out.

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