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

  • The Heptones - Get In The GrooveThe HeptonesGet In The Groove

    A Studio One Classic 'Get In The Groove' has the superb Heptones backed by the Sound Dimension. JA presssings so check the sound clips.

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  • Ernest Wilson  - Undying LoveErnest Wilson Undying Love

    Peach of a record. All time classic. How did music ever sound this good?

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  • Maria Anderson  - Cottage by the SeaMaria Anderson Cottage by the Sea

    Excellent double header from Maria Anderson. Soulful and well produced by Family Man.

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  • Jimmy Riley  - We're Gonna Make itJimmy Riley We're Gonna Make it

    Nice slow and steady roots from Jimmy Riley and Family Man

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  • Family Man & The Wailers Band - Family Man SkankFamily Man & The Wailers BandFamily Man Skank

    Family Man has a knack of turning out high quality roots instrumentals. This is one of them. B side is good too.

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  • Wailers - Guided MissileWailersGuided Missile

    Drum machine led roots. There is a strong Lee Perry influence on this one. Not quite as over the top as Scratchs productions but never the less a good tune.

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