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Issue 1095

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Clancy Eccles & The Dynamites : Freedom / Fire Corner, 2CD




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UK release date 04.02.2020

Eccles was a Jamaican ska and reggae singer, songwriter, arranger, promoter, record producer and talent scout. Known mostly for his early reggae works and for bringing a political dimension to the music later on. Here he is with his house band,The Dynamites (same band as Derrick Harriott's Crystalites), featuring Jackie Jackson, Hux Brown, Paul Douglas, Winston Wright, Gladstone Anderson, Winston Grennan, Joe Isaacs, and Hugh Malcolm, with Johnny Moore and Bobby Ellis . A top band led by a specially gifted and highly musical artist.

The album gets off to a terrific start with the opener,'Freedom'
a rework of an earlier track he recorded in 1962.The two tracks differ in feel as the latter has a straighter groove than the blue beat original.It's all things gospel too, which is a recurring theme on this excellent reissue of these two classic 1969 reggae albums.His father was a spiritual revivalist, a preacher man if you will and you can hear it has rubbed off on his music,which incidentally is pure perfection.

His more casual stuff proved commercially viable too,'Fattie Fattie' (included here) was a big hit and prompted Trojan Records to release this debut long player.It's a tune you can't help smiling too as is the moon stomping and brilliant ' What Will Your Mama Say'.Suffice to say these are huge big boss sounds and CD 2 'Fire Corner' showcases his instrumental productions heavily led by fantastic organ,with once again the Dynamites, along with a trio of tracks featuring pioneering DJ toaster, King Stitt.A double knock out dynamite delight.What a year 1969 was for Jamaica and much of it is documented here on this killer platter!
Words Emrys Baird

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