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Tribute to Jackie Mittoo

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Black Organ
    2. West of the Sun
    3. Race Track
    4. Fireball Rock
    5. Some Kind of Memphis
    6. Ghetto Organ
    7. Blackman's Pride
    8. Reggae Riff
    9. Soul Call
    10. Give Sounds a Chance
    11. Gold Streak
    12. Wild Bunch
    13. Nature Boy
    14. Who Done It
    15. Freak Out
    16. Night Doctor
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Black Out
    2. Mission Impossible
    3. Gold Mine
    4. Rainy Nights of Sound
    5. Summer Breeze
    6. Hot Tamale
    7. Memphis Groove
    8. Millie Militant
    9. Jackie's Mood
    10. Got My Boogaloo
    11. Wire Higher
    12. Dream Organ
    13. Drum Song
    14. Change the Mood
    15. Ska Matic
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 617 689

  • Credits

    From 1963 through the '70s, Jackie Mittoo was the musical director at Coxsone Dodd's legendary Studio One. TRIBUTE TO JACKIE MITTOO brings together an extremely varied mix of his work--as a writer, producer, arranger and musician--from this period.
    Personnel includes: Jackie Mittoo, Count Ossie.
    A fabulous collection of Jackie Mittoo's cuts for Studio One, which stuffs 31 numbers onto two superb CDs. A few reach as far back as the ska days and his time with The Skatalites, but most come from later in the decade and the dawn of reggae.
    Although the set does include a lavish booklet with an excellent biography, frustratingly few of the songs are actually mentioned in the notes, and many of Mittoo's biggest hits -- "Ram Jam," "Darker Shade of Black," "Hot Milk," and "Peanie Wallie" aren't included. For trainspotters it's even more frustrating, as the compilation is a chronological jumble, no dates are given for the songs, nor are the accompanying bands (which include the aforementioned Skatalites, The Soul Brothers, the Soul Vendors, and Sound Dimension) listed.
    Details, details: forget all that, and just immerse yourself in the fabulous music. Even with the notable omissions, Tribute to Jackie Mittoo is a phenomenal celebration of the artist's work, beautifully showcasing his versatility, and the myriad of styles he worked within. Delta blues, sizzling reggae riffs, lush numbers, breezy compositions, psychedelic pieces, even Nyabinghi offerings can be found within. There are instrumental versions of hits across the entire musical spectrum from "Old Man River" through contemporary British chartbusters, and of course his solo takes on a myriad of Studio One classics.
    Beyond the spectacular musicianship all these tracks boast, there's Mittoo's superb arrangements, a craft at which the organist excelled, as he engagingly blends musical styles together, conjuring up a myriad of atmospheres, and sometimes even seamlessly shifting moods between his own solos and the accompaniment. There are too many masterpieces here to list, amongst them a number that were recut to much effect later in the '70s including "Drum Song," "West of the Sun," and "Ghetto Organ." ~ Jo-Ann Greene

  • Critic Reviews
    Vibe (12/95-1/96, p.157) - " eccentric and fervid as Mittoo's own key work. Hardly a greatest hits collection, TRIBUTE seeks instead to capture Mittoo's fearlessly experimental soul. There are rock-steady standards...and ska stompers...but the essence of [his] art comes through on peculiar masterpieces..."
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