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Rolling Steady: The 1983 Music Mountain Sessions

Rolling Steady: The 1983 Music Mountain Sessions by The Skatalites
Released: Sep 2007
Label: Motion Records
The album that almost never was, Rolling Steady's story is nearly as compelling as its never-before-released tracks. In 1983, the band (minus Don Drummond) holed up in Jackie Mittoo's studio and cut 11 sides before falling out with each other. Mittoo absconded with the tapes; decades later, the disintegrating recordings surfaced and were painstakingly restored. Nine songs survived, and they're remarkable. Something jazzy has crept into the band's sound: The horn solos swing and lament, and that trademark cool is tempered with something approaching tenderness.
Sarah Bardeen
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