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The Keyboard King's magnum opus gets a very welcome release on CD - Jackie Mittoo produced some damn fine albums at Studio One, and this is probably the cream of the crop. Excellent choice of rhythms, including the Heptones’ I Hold The Handle (Good Feeling), Soul Power (Macka Fat), Guiding Star (Whoa Whoa) and Love Me Girl (Purple Heart), Alton Ellis’ Ain’t Nobody Else (Something Else) and Live And Learn (Division One), Dawn Penn’s You Don’t Love Me (Ghetto Organ), and Burning Spear’s This Population (Happy People), plus a selection of original compositions - there is not a duff track amongst them.

The original album was notoriously badly pressed (and it seems somehow odd to listen to it now without the mandatory clicks and pops pressed into the vinyl), but here the sound quality is pristine throughout. It differs slightly to the original, being a reissue of the later remix of the album (SOL 1120) featuring a longer variation of Fancy Pants and an extended version of Lazy Bones.

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MACKA FAT
Jackie Mittoo (2000)

Studio One SOCD-1120

Henry The Great; Good Feeling; Macka Fat; Lazy Bones; Fancy Pants; Something Else; Happy People; Purple Heart; Whoa Whoa; Division One; Ghetto Organ; Dad Is Home

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