Pancho Alphonso & The Revolutionaries – “Never Give Up In A Babylon” b/w “Love Is A Pleasure” (TACK 8) (1979)

SAM_0256Originally set up as house band for Jo Jo Hookim’s Channel 1 and responsible for the tough new “rockers” sound, the Revolutionaries counted among their ranks  Sly ‘n’ Robbie, Ossie Hibbert,  Ansel Collins, Uziah “Sticky” Thompson, Noel “Scully” Simms, Tommy McCook, Herman Marquis, Bobby Ellis and Vin Gordon. The fact that most of these people also jobbed in Joe Gibbs’ backing band The Professionals is an irony important enough to mention, but not examine too closely.

The Alphonso tracks here are very well-produced, rich examples of the Revs late style, the more “cultural” A side segueing into a blissed-out dub, while the flip straightforwardly takes on matters romantic. Truly, this is the reason why people seek to listen to reggae in its single format.

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