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Tighten Up, Vol. 1

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Tighten Up
    2. Kansas City
    3. Spanish Harlem
    4. Place In the Sun, A
    5. Win Your Love For Me
    6. Donkey Returns
    7. Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da
    8. Angel of the Morning
    9. Fat Man
    10. Soul Limbo
    11. Mix It Up
    12. Watch This Sound (For What It's Worth)
    13. Good Ambition
    14. Out the Light
    15. If I Didn't Know
    16. Handy Cap
    17. It's All In the Game
    18. Tribute To Sir Kb
    19. Robin Hood Rides Again
    20. Love Letters
    21. South Parkway Rock
    22. I Was Kaiser Bill's Batman
    23. I'll Be Around
    24. Out of Love
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Eastern Organ
    2. Jackpot
    3. Penny For Your Song
    4. Memories By the Score
    5. Teardrops Falling
    6. Combination
    7. Fiddler, The
    8. Russians Are Coming, The
    9. Born To Love You
    10. Way of Life
    11. Train To Soulsville
    12. Intensified Girls
    13. Bookie Man
    14. Uncle Charlie
    15. Nana
    16. Good Time Rock
    17. Rent Too High
    18. My Argument
    19. A.B.C. Rocksteady
    20. In Like Flint
    21. Lady With the Starlight
    22. Catch the Beat
    23. Dance With Me
    24. Hold You Jack
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1774154

  • Credits

    Compilation producer: Laurence Cane-Honeysett.
    Includes liner notes by Harry Hawke.
    All tracks have been digitally remastered.
    It's hard to believe that this compilation launched what was later revered as a legendary series. In fact, with hindsight, this debut volume was the weakest of the group, heavily weighed down by reggaefied covers of pop fluff. The best of this batch belongs to George A. Penny's "Win Your Love," but that's because even an overly percolating reggae rhythm couldn't dent the Sam Cooke classic. Joy Landis delivers up a delightful soul version of "Kansas City," but then blots her copy book with a truly excruciating cover of "Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da." Equally unnecessary are takes on "Angel of the Morning" and "A Place in the Sun." A special award goes to the Uniques' "Watch This Squad," a cover of the Buffalo Springfield's anti-war classic "Watch This Sound." Not only is it an exceedingly poor choice of a song to be reggaefied, it also sports one of the most unsympathetic arrangements ever recorded. The Uniques seem at a total loss and take nearly half the track to get their vocals into line. In contrast, the two instrumentals, both covers of course, are quite entertaining. Byron Lee's "Soul Limbo" has a real panache and flair missing from its vocal counterparts, while Val Bennett's "Spanish Harlem" boasts a laid-back island feel across a fine performance. But the real treasures lie elsewhere. Derrick Morgan's "Fat Man" is a classic, while Lee Perry's title track is one of his best pop offerings ever, a singalong melody wed to a sizzling beat. The Kingstonians' "Mix It Up" is equally infectious, while Brother Dan All Stars (a trio that included Dandy Livingstone) offer up "Donkey Returns," a slow John Crow skank featuring a harmonica and delicious vocals. Over time, people forgot the clunkers and recalled only the classics. On this volume, however, those gems are as rare as diamonds. ~ Jo-Ann Greene

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