Saturday, May 16, 2009

Tribute to the Doctor Alimantado

Here's another old favourite from my youth. I first heard Doctor Alimantado on a tape that someone gave me at school - it had 'I Shall Fear No Evil' and 'Have Mercy Jah' on it, as well as a whole load of tunes from that Keith Hudson LP 'Pick A Dub' and two or three tracks from Dillinger's 'Talking Blues'. Of course, since it was just a tape he'd copied off someone else, there was no track listing and I had no idea who it was. It was the first reggae I'd ever heard; it was mysterious and exciting, and felt like I'd discovered a whole new world. Anyway, enough backstory, here's some music:

Today's record is one that I've always liked, but never really played that
 much. 'Tribute to the Duke' is Doctor Alimantado's 1976 tribute to Duke Reid. It's a really joyful organ-led instrumental over a medley of old Treasure Isle hits with a great effects-laden dub on the flip. The whole thing feels so effortless and the band's so tight, it's like good whiskey so smooth you hardly notice it going down.

It's been nice to see a couple comments on the blog. But even if no one ever reads this, it's been worth doing just to listen with new ears to so many of my old tunes. I can't even remember the last time I listened properly to this record before today, and I can't remember a time that I enjoyed it more.

Both sides of this record have been reissued: 'Tribute to the Duke' is on the CD release of 'Best Dressed Chicken In Town' on Greensleeves, and 'West Man Scank' is on a CD called 'House of Singles' on Doctor Alimantado's own Keyman label. I strongly advise anyone reading this to support the artist by buying both of them (and 'Sons Of Thunder' as well. If you've enjoyed this single, it's a purchase you definitely won't regret.

1 comment:

Michael A. said...

thank you so much for sharing this wonderful archive! i'm having a great week listening