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Issue 1090

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Harry J All-stars: Liquidator

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UK release date 08.06.2018

Let's face it, some music never grows old. Just who can forget that classic sixties single "Liquidator"? A beautiful tune dreamt up by reggae producer Harry Johnson who became one of Jamaica's fastest growing hitmakers. He produced this absolute gem which scored high in the international charts and not to mention on the football terraces of Chelsea and West Brom!

Johnson was responsible for bringing together the cream of the crop of session guys too and this success was quickly capitalised on with an album of the same name. This scintillating compilation conjures up fairground rides (especially with his signature organ sound) seaside jaunts and fish and chips on the peer-absolutely filled with nostalgic sentiment, just marvel at the breezy and jazzy "Jack The Ripper" and hark at the sublime skanking guitar of "The Big Three" and the covers included are a wonder to behold.

Stevie Wonder's "My Cherie Amour", Serge Gainsbourg' "Je t’aime" and The Beatles "Don’t Let Me Down" are pure inventive brilliance, the ensemble playing is second to none. You don't need red docs and Ben Sherman's to enjoy this stunning body of work all beautifully packaged with rare memorabilia in the booklet. Essential listening for any ska and reggae fans!
Words Emrys Baird

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