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Rock Steady (reissue)
  1. Alton Ellis & The Flames With Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - "Rock Steady" (2:38)
  2. Phyllis Dillon With Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - "Rocking Time" (2:50)
Review: If you're on the hunt for Jamaican classics from the 1960s, you could do worse than copping this double-header from the combined talents of Alton Ellis, vocal group the Flames, Phyllis Dillon and the era's most prolific backing band, Tommy Cook and the Supersonics. On side A you'll find 'Rock Steady', a hugely influential rocksteady gem that features Ellis' encouraging us to dance atop a weighty, horn-heavy riddim track. Over on the flip Phyllis Dillon takes over lead vocal duties on another Treasure Isle gem from '67, 'Rocking Time'. This one is even more club-ready, with McCook's cheerful horn arrangements catching the ear.
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If I Could Rule The World
Cat: TIEU 022. Rel: 16 Mar 21
Klassiker/Ska
  1. Alton Ellis & The Flames - "If I Could Rule The World" (with Tommy McCook & The Supersonics) (2:25)
  2. Tyrone Evans - "If This World Were Mine" (with Tommy McCook & The Supersonics) (2:19)
Review: Alton Nehemiah Ellis was known as Mr Soul of Jamaica thanks to the hugely expressive voice he was gifted with. He also had a fine knack for writing great songs and always brought real emotions to his work. That is typified here as he linked with The Flames as well as Tommy McCook & The Supersonics for the buttery smooth and impassioned 'If I Could Rule The World' with its natty riffs, swaggering drums and of course golden vocals. Tyrone Evans takes acre of the flip with a version that is more upbeat and optimistic as a result.
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Live Wire (Take One)
Cat: TIEU 025. Rel: 23 Feb 21
Klassiker/Ska
  1. The Gladiators & Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - "Live Wire (Take One)" (2:08)
  2. Justin Hinds & Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - "Rub Up Push Up" (2:46)
Review: Duke Records' latest trawl through the vaults of Arthur 'Duke' Reid delivers another pair of gems featuring the legendary Jamaican producer's equally lauded backing band, Tommy McCook and the Supersonics. Side A's 'Live Wire (Take 1)' is - as the name suggests - the first recording of The Gladiators' 1968 single. It's a great cut all told, with glistening guitar motifs and the group's harmonic vocals dominating the mix more than the typically weighty groove. Turn to the flip for an earlier number voiced by Justin Hinds, 1965's 'Rub Up Push Up'. This is a leap-along ska number with McCook sneaking a few solos into the jaunty and energetic backing track while Hinds and uncredited backing singers belt out some strong vocals.
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Only A Smile
Cat: TIEU 024. Rel: 23 Feb 21
Klassiker/Ska
  1. The Paragons & Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - "Only A Smile" (2:59)
  2. The Soul Lads & Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - "I'm Yours Forever" (2:55)
Review: Given the depth and size of producer Arthur 'Duke' Reid's archives, we shouldn't be surprised by the high volume of reissues we've seen of late. Like many others that have hit record stores of late, this "45" offers up two classics from the rocksteady era. First up is The Paragons' 'Only a Smile', initially a 1967 B-side that sees the vocal combo the Paragons singing sweetly, soulfully and slickly over a particularly languid rocksteady riddim from Reid's regular studio band, Tommy McCook and the Supersonics. They also feature on The Soul Lads' 'I'm Yours Forever', another B-side - this time from 1968 - that's a touch more up-tempo and dancefloor ready thanks to a jaunty, bass-heavy groove from McCook and company.
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