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On the Right Track by The Skatalites

Why Buy A On the Right Track by The Skatalites?
Without the killer grooves and syncopated horn blasts of the always wonderful Skatalites, life on this planet would be a far duller thing. — L.A. Daily News The Skatalites are Jamaicas answer to the Motown house band and Booker T. & The MGs combined. — Rolling Stone The Skatalites took influences from jazz, calypso and US rhythm `n blues to help create the sound that dominated Jamaican sixties music … This is a must have album for anyone interested in Jamaican music and a great introduction for those who wish to learn. — BBC.co.uk More than a band, The Skatalites were and are an institution, an aggregation of top-notch musicians who didnt merely define the sound of Jamaica, they were the sound of Jamaica across the 50s and 60s. — All Music Guide The second wave of ska produced some good bands and some great music, the third wave fewer, but if you want to really hear the music played with respect for its deepest roots, you need to go to the source, and that is undoubtedly The Skatalites … The band is more musically sophisticated than many of its contemporaries were and than pretty much all of its present day imitators are. — PopMatters

Recorded in Byron Bay in 2006, On the Right Track mixes the coastal island vibes of Australias and Jamaicas hippest towns with a heavy jazz influence. Among a myriad of reissues and compilations, this album stands out as having the best new original material on an international Skatalites release since 1964. Studio sessions were held in the style of a classic jazz session, much like the one-take upbringing Studio 1 provided the group in the early days. From the late 50s into the 60s, The Skatalites transcended popular music, introducing and defining Jamaican music and culture to the world. Combining the best of American boogie-woogie with R&B, jazz, and big band swing, The Skatalites created the up-tempo syncopated island beat dubbed ska, which evolved into rocksteady and reggae. The original backing band for Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, and Toots & The Maytals, these two-time Grammy nominees have toured extensively worldwide since the 80s.

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TRUE SKA ROOTS
THIS CD IS THE BEST ONE FOR THE NEW SKATALITES. GREAT SKA ALMUM, GREAT HORN RIFFS, GREAT GROOVE….TRUE SKA ROOTS.

Great introduction to The Skatalites
This is the first Skatalites album I bought, and I think it’s a great way to get into their sound. Now that I know a little more about these amazing musicians, and after hearing most of their classic 60′s records, I find this album their best since their reformation, in the 80′s.
I agree with the last review, these songs are really true to their ska roots, plus you won’t get the poor sound quality of the 60′s recordings. It’s well recorded, now you can in fact hear the bass lines and the terrific job by Lloyd Knibb on the drums. This senior citizen never got the recognition he deserves for inventing the SKA beat, which is the same beat as the reggae beat, the reggae drummers just slowed it down. I was lucky enough to see him play 2 weeks ago, with the reformed Skatalites.
The tracks sung by Doreen Shaffer are the icing on the cake.
Buy it!

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Feats Dont Fail Me Now by Little Feat

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One of those bands that perfectly epitomized so many things about the 1970s, Little Feat created a strangely smooth and sexy pastiche of Southern-spiced blues-rock. Main man Lowell Georges undulant slide guitar marked the groups early recordings. His vocals, meanwhile, were distinctive in the manner in which he toyed with vowels as if they were yo-yos, tossing them up and down, this way and that. The albums recorded prior to Georges 1979 death reflected a jazz influence (albeit one that would grow more pronounced as his influence in the band waned). Being based in Los Angeles also gave them a certain patina they may have lacked if they had been based in, say, Memphis. Feats Dont Fail Me Now features visiting guests Bonnie Raitt and Emmylou Harris and a collection of tight, wryly observant songs. Dont Fail Mes 1973 predecessor, Dixie Chicken, is generally seen as Little Feats must-have outing, but this album, too, holds up a stunningly strong demonstration the appeal of the bands rock-blues-jazz hybrid. –Lorry Fleming

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Just What The Rock And Roll Doctor Ordered
“Feats Don’t Fail Me Now” is arguably the greatest studio album from Little Feat. There really isn’t a bad track in the lot, and the highlights are among the best of the best. The album is upbeat, the musicianship is first rate (Lowell George’s slide guitar work is especially brilliant), and the material is top notch, all of which leads to a superior album.

My favorite on the CD is the opener, “Rock and Roll Doctor”, which to me is the most autobiographical of all of George’s songs. The slide work and vocals intertwine perfectly, although I think the best single recording of the song is the live version from the “Waiting For Columbus” sessions. “Oh Atlanta” is a somewhat more mainstream offering from Bill Payne, and while pleasant is not as distinguished as the rest of the album. “Skin it Back” has some interesting musicianship and time signature features: again, I also recommend the live version as well. I have always loved the combination blues and Caribbean feel of “Spanish Moon”, and think the signature track “Feats Don’t Fail Me Now” is an upbeat composite of all the various sounds the band was comfortable dabbling in: I only wish it were longer. The concluding medley of “Cold, Cold, Cold” and “Tripe Face Boogie” shows off both the flexibility and virtuosity of the band, and is a piece worth much more attention than it routinely gets.

I have a hard time picking my favorite Little Feat studio album, and go back and forth on the issue. One thing I am sure of, though: “Feats Don’t Fail Me Now” is definitely on the short list, and I couldn’t recommend it more highly.

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Little Feat Don’t Fail Me
Funk, Soul, Boogie, and Rock smothered in Bar-b-que sauce. This multi-talented, multi-cultural, bi-racial,…band from somewhere in Dixie produces amazing music. Like a Global symphony of music and happiness, Little Feat finally received the acclaim they deserved with the release of Feats Don’t Fail Me Now. Even the harshest critics gave it a big thumbs up. The high leader of Little Feat – Lowell George – maintains focus and consistency in a recording that culls it’s rythym from all over the map. The final tune, The Triple Medely, provides perfect closure to this hallmark recording. Well worth a listen.

Better than DisneyLand, Sex and Chocolate
It was 1974. I was 15. A friend of mine,(Jack F. aka Pumpkin) a few years older than me,joined the Army and gave me his record collection to keep safe (everything from the Allman Bros. to Billy Holiday). Mom and Dad were gone for the weekend and my older brother and I threw one of our legendary parties. Sometime during the wee hours, we started looking into the stack of records. Like buried treasure, we found “Feats Don’t Fail Me Now” and “Sailin Shoes”.

While friends my age liked the pop on the radio, I had older brothers who had me listening to the best of Rock n Roll…Stones, Beatles, Cream, Santana, Led Zepplin, Woodstock stuff, CSN & Y, etc…I loved it all but was never a crazed fan of any band, until Little Feat.

I (along with 20 or so of our closest friends) went to six concerts in the LA area. They were all magical. The performance at the Shrine was unbelievable. After one concert, we all stayed at a house on the beach in Long Beach, CA. We took a walk and we were singing Dixie Chicken (ok, we were a little high… it was the 70′s) and we looked up… right in front of us was “The Commodore Hotel”, swear to God.

But the best for me was at The Roxy in Hollywoood. I caught one of the mariachi’s (when they were playing Fat Man in the Bathtub). God it was Great. Thank you Jack (Pumpkin), where ever you are for leaving those albums with me.

I felt like every lyric, every beat, was written just for us. I cried (alot) when Lowell died. I still go see the band when I can. (I want “All that you Dream” played at my funeral… along with John Prine’s Please don’t bury me down in this cold cold ground.

It is hard for me to pick a best album, but if I have to, this is it. I love all the old stuff. Some of my favorites from various albums: Lonesome Whistle, Roll Um Easy, Two Trains.

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