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Reissue of this big bad dub album from the late 80's which, surprisingly, has been out of print for ages.

Taking a pretty traditional view, Alimantado nonetheless constructed an able and inventive dub album full of fluttering, bright melodies and warm, friendly key changes.

Out-there fx and Perry-styled experimentation take a back seat to languid, relaxed grooves and an inoffensive production aesthetic that tips its hard to the original mid-70s style.

A classic of the genre back on our shelves once again - and look at that price tag!!



Dr. Alimantado first came to international attention in the 1970s with his singles "Best Dressed Chicken in Town" and "Born For a Purpose." This collection of rarities from the Jamaican toaster includes some of his earliest recordings, like 1969's "No Gwan So", originally released under the name Winston Cool (his real name is James Winston Thompson) and the Lee Perry-produced "Maccabee the Third". Toasts on various 1970s backing tracks (themselves versions of US chart hits like "Piece of My Heart", here retitled Chapter of My Heart", and "First Cut Is the Deepest", appearing here as the anti-street violence "One Trouble"), as well as some confident, eccentric late-'70s Lee Perry productions, make this set essential listening for fans of vintage Jamaican reggae.


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