Label: Black Roots - BR003 • Format: CD • Country: UK • Genre: Reggae •
Jackie Mittoo moved from his native Jamaica to Toronto, Canada in and quickly threw his hat into the local music scene, bringing with him his funky reggae keyboard sensibility.
He had some chart success with the infectious instrumental "Wishbone" based, it would appear, on the central riff from the Beatles ' "Carry That Weight" inand released the supporting album Wishbone that same At The Dance - Jackie Mittoo. A joyous, upbeat affair that wasn't reggae at all, but a cosmopolitan mix of soul, funk, gospel, jazz and fusion with a subtle and compelling Jamaican underside, the Wishbone LP became a rare and sought-after collector's classic over the years, and now Seattle's Light In The Attic Records has finally released this bouncy gem on CD, drawn directly from the original two-track master tapes.
Again, this isn't your basic one-drop reggae record, and fans looking for hard Kingston rhythms and Mittoo did plenty of those at Studio One will be a little surprised to discover little or none of that on Wishbone. The Jamaican influence is present, certainly, but cuts like the endearing title track really sound much more like Booker T.
What flies out of every track is a boundless joy, and Wishbone literally bounces along like an energizer bunny, until it's impossible to resist it, even if no single track actually takes one's head off in one swoop.
It's an accumulative thing, and Wishbone is so insistently positive and upbeat as a sequence that it works like a sunny Various - Jackie The Great Mittoo tonic. Kudos to Light In The Attic for bringing this long out of print delight back into circulation.
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