Jackie Mittoo Vinyl, CD & tapes from this artist at Norman Records
Soul Jazz have always excelled at putting together super-strong compilations of the finest old sounds, especially when it comes to reggae and dancehall. But sometimes you want to be able to spin the tunes old-school: one track per 12” side, all ready for DJing. This one will serve you well come the festive season, with Jackie Mittoo’s After Christmas riding alongside Don Drummond’s Heavenless.
Heavyweight business here. Jackie Mittoo’s ‘The Sniper’ and King Tubby & The Aggrovators’s ‘Dub Fi Gwan’ on the same slab o’ wax, the former on 45 for the first time ever. Both tracks were cut in the 70s and carry plenty of pedigree, but they bare repeating. Mittoo’s slinky groove in particular will still dust many a soundboy.
Soul Jazz are already known and loved for their authoritative compilation reissues, especially the ones that mine the rich seams of the legendary Studio One Records’ archives. Now they are picking out a few classic cuts and giving them proper 45’ 7” single releases, just like back in the day. A vocal version of Keep On Moving by Lord Tanamo is here paired with Jackie Mittoo’s Totally Together for a very fine funky disc.
Look no further for everything you could want for sunny beach side vibes - bouncy, syncopated bass lines, those snare rim hits that sound like you’re tapping on a oversized seashell and, of course, the inimitable presence of the over driven reggae organ. An excellent and essential tribute to a wizard of the keys.
Soul Jazz were given access to the back catalogue of Studio One Records for this series of reissued 45’s: so that’s highlights of one of the best reggae labels ever, picked out by some of the best selectors. Here, Dawn Penn’s No, No, No is paired with Ghetto Organ by Jackie Mittoo: both tunes are well worthy of their classic status, and its a treat to have them served up (remastered!) on new vinyl.
Not satisfied with gathering up the finest old singles for their essential compilations, Soul Jazz are now straight-up reissuing the 45’s themselves on 7” vinyl. This selection from the Studio One vault includes one cut each from Jackie Mittoo and Massive Attack collaborator Horace Andy. Newly-remastered audio.
Some great reggae/dancehall reissues from the great Studio One label, remastered here by the great Soul Jazz Records. Sounds great! Here we have Mr Bassie by Horace Andy backed with Napoleon Solo by Jackie Mittoo. Some classic chilled reggae with head-bobbing organ. Horace Andy's distinctive vocals come to the fore on the track while Mittoo's sound is just perfect for a cocktail down at the sands.