The Monster By Beverly’s All-Stars

Reissues have been flooding the market of late it seems and a lot are of top quality too. Well it just seems so but really it goes back much longer than that right. Trojan has built their whole empire on that model. What’s interesting is that there have been a bunch of releases of true rare stuff and others that no one thought would ever be pressed to the wax again. That is the focus of our Reissue Sensation column of course which is why we’re writing about it.

Today’s Reissue Sensation column will highlight one in a stream of new releases on a classic Pyramid label that have been hitting the market. The pressings are nice, the sound is smooth and the labels are very clean. This time we’re highlighting “The Monster” by The Beverly’s All-Stars which isn’t that rare as you will see but it’s a great tune and the labels are high quality which I appreciate. If you’re going to do something do it right.

Funky Chicken!Produced by Leslie Kong the track was released on a white and orange Trojan Records 7″ (TR 7740) as the flip to Delroy Wilson singing “Show Me The Way” in 1970. Then included on the Funky Chicken LP from the same year. It was issued as a blank as seen in this video too.

In recent years I’ve noticed it on a Treasure Isle label (as you can see in this video) and as the flip on a Beverly’s label to Ansel Collins “Night Of Love” (which can be found at Ernie B’s Reggae right now). So it gets around. It’s a fun track with a classic. It begins with “It’s The Monster! A tribute to the late and great Prince Rough and Tough. Reggae Got Soul.” and proceeds into a deep.

The flip on this Pyramid release is “Pee Pee Cluck Cluck” by Toots And The Maytals which was also produced by Leslie Kong in 1970. It was found on the Maytals’ 1974 released From The Roots album.

Now listen and see this new release in action.

“The Monster” by Beverley’s All Stars

“Pee Pee Cluck Cluck” by Toots And The Maytals

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.