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Essential Jackie Mittoo


Download links and information about Essential Jackie Mittoo by Jackie Mittoo. This album was released in 2011 and it belongs to Rock, Reggae, Pop, Ska genres. It contains 22 tracks with total duration of 01:12:00 minutes.

Artist: Jackie Mittoo
Release date: 2011
Genre: Rock, Reggae, Pop, Ska
Tracks: 22
Duration: 01:12:00
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No. Title Length
1. Darker Shade of Pale 3:36
2. Casanova 3:14
3. Champions of Arena 3:14
4. Disco Dub 2:48
5. Ram Jam 3:43
6. Give Me a Little Sunshine 2:55
7. High Fashion 3:57
8. Drum Song 3:40
9. Big Bad Organ 3:24
10. In Cold Blood 3:26
11. Waiting For Dub 3:06
12. Hot Milk 3:57
13. Rockers Delight 3:27
14. Death Trap 3:29
15. Vibes 2:46
16. Double Trouble 2:01
17. Big Man 3:11
18. Execution 2:45
19. Atom Sounds 3:43
20. Merry Go Round 3:14
21. Ranking King 3:58
22. Jump The Fence 2:26



One is never quite sure what to make of United Artists' Anthology of Reggae Collectors Series. Did people realize they were not getting a "brand-new radiant album" as the back sleeve claims, but compilations of earlier material? Certainly the sleeve notes are misleading, but there again, so strong are all these sets that perhaps it didn't matter, as long as they weren't expecting the dubby, deep roots sounds of the day.

Jackie Mittoo was currently unleashing fabulous singles and albums with Bunny Lee when this eponymous record appeared in 1976. A true blast from the past, this compilation presents a mixed bag of nine numbers from the early reggae years when the organist was still ensconced at Studio One.

His biggest hits are all missing, no "Ram Jam" or "Peanie Wallie," but there are still a clutch of crucial instrumentals found within. The haunting "Hair Mary," the bluesy riffing on "Soul Ride," (aka "Some Kind of Memphis"), the strutting "Black Out," and the breezy "Change the Mood" are all masterpieces of mood and sound. Moving into more urban climes is the superb "Hot Tamale," and the funky work-outs of "Get Up and Get It," and "Stereo Freeze," classic cuts of their day.

What most fans could live without were the covers of The Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby" and Cream's classic "Sunshine of Your Love." The former melds the melancholy melody to a Nyabinghi-styled backing, an intriguing arrangement at least. Although "Nature Boy" went down a similar road more successfully, the latter is just plain scary.

So a couple of misses mixed amongst a fistful of classics; this is far from the definitive compilation, but at the time there was no better place to start.