Skatalites “Stretching Out” LP

Skatalites Streching Out CoverI’m giddy. It says LP meaning I can get a new Skatalites vinyl release. It’s a great set.

RE-RELEASE OF THE FAMOUS ROIR 1986 DOUBLE LENGTH CASSETTE-ONLY, NOW REMASTERED DIGITALLY FOR DOUBLE CD WITH 5 NEVER BEFORE RELEASED BONUS TRACKS!

COME YE REVELERS TO HEAR THE ORIGINAL SKATALITES, IN THEIR PRIME, IN LONG EXTENDED JAM SESSIONS, RECORDED LIVE IN JAMAICA IN 1983 AT THE BLUE MONK JAZZ GALLERY NIGHTCLUB BEFORE THEIR FRIENDS AND FELLOW MUSICIANS.

HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?

In 1983 Herbie Miller, manager of Peter Tosh brought the original Skatalites (minus the late Don Drummond) back to Jamaica from all over the world to perform at the 1983 Jamaica Sunsplash.

The Skatalites had broken up 18 years earlier, after their short career of two years (1963-1965). Personal disagreements, conflicts and animosities had driven these inventors of Ska and master musicians to seek their own future as individual artists.

Miller, who became their manager, owned a nightclub in Kingston, Jamaica called The Blue Monk Jazz Gallery. Here, after 18 years of separation they reconciled their differences, (for a time), and rehearsed for Sunsplash ’83 and performed live at the club before a crowd of local fans, friends, and fellow musicians.

There were no restrictions on the length of sets, no barriers on solos or improvisational experiments, and no recording studio limits on how long each song should last. They stretched out, played out, and had a joyous 18th anniversary celebration and reunion.

Fortunately, Miller recorded the rehearsals and nightclub performances and captured for history (and dance – mad Ska mavens) all the spontaneity, fire, electricity, and good fellowship of that unique moment. Ska at its best by the greatest Ska musicians in the world!

TRACKS
Disc 1

Freedom Sounds
Bridge View
Latin Goes Ska
Tear Up
Guns Of Navarone
Man In The Street
Come Dung
Big Trombone
Ska Ba
Road Block
Eastern Standard Time
Confucius

Disc 2

Lee Harvey Oswald
Black Sunday
Mood For Ska
Fidel Castro (#1)
El Pussy Cat
Four Corners*
Exodus*
Old Fowl*
Fidel Castro #2*
Welcome Back Home*
*BONUS TRACKS

MUSICIANS
Tommy McCook- Tenor Sax
Roland Alphonso – Tenor & Soprano Sax
Lester Sterling – Alto Sax
“Dizzy” Johnny Moore – Trumpet
Jackie Mittoo – Piano
Jah Gerry – Guitar
Lloyd Brivitte – Acoustic Bass
Lloyd Knibbs – Drums
Lord Tanamo – M.C. and Vocals.

Added Musicians:

Arnold Breckenridge – Trumpet
“Bubbles” Cameron – Trombone
Cedric Brooks (Special Guest) – Tenor Sax Solo on “Tear Up”

I've been involved in the Los Angeles music scene since at least 1995 going to shows, promoting, spinning records and running labels. Ska and Early Reggae are my passion among other things of course.