Music On Vinyl
10" Vinyl (Limited Edition)
May 16, 2016

Artist & tune
  • Bitty McLean - War Is Over / Bitty McLean - Never Let Me Go Bar Bell Stylee
  • Bunny Rugs - Rumours / Bunny Rugs - Rumours (2014 Remix)
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Almost a month ago it was Record Store Day 2016, an event that started back in 2007. For music collectors it's always interesting to see which special Vinyl and CD releases are made exclusively for the day. This year Music On Vinyl, a record company based in Haarlem, the Netherlands, released 16 exclusive titles, many appearing on vinyl for the first time ever. One of them is a 4-track 10" vinyl single of brand new, previously unavailable material from Bitty McLean and the late Bunny Rugs, which has been produced by Sly & Robbie for Taxi Records.

Side A of this "Taxi Records Split 10"" features two great tunes by one of the UK's most amazing reggae vocalists, Bitty McLean. The latter, mainly known and respected for delivering smooth top quality lovers material, starts off with "War Is Over", a killer roots piece which is underpinned by a mind blowing riddim with an awesome thumping bassline and dubby effects. Pure sound system business! Bitty McLean recorded the hit song "Never Let Me Go" on the "Stranger In Love" aka "Don't Bother Me" riddim for the Peckings brothers in 2005. More than a decade after that recording, the singer comes up with a new take of his hit, this time over a new built riddim that uses a loop from a 1975 Aggrovators riddim produced by Robbie Shakespeare for his own Bar Bell label. Wicked new version fi sure!

The late Bunny Rugs (and more or less also the sorely missed Gregory Isaacs) is honored on the B side as it features two beautiful cover versions of the Gussie Clarke produced "Rumours", one of Cool Ruler's tuffest tunes, a mid-career smash that put him back on top of the reggae crooner heap in 1988. Mixed by the sound wizard Godwin Logie, Bunny Rugs' version of "Rumours" (recorded in Paris in 2009) comes across a great riddim known from Horace Andy's "I'm Alive" and "Gregory Isaacs' "Poor Man In Love", both recorded in February 2006 during a legendary session at Harry J Studio in Kingston, Jamaica. The first version is followed by an earth shaking remix done by Bitty McLean, who mashes Bunny Rugs' vocals with a riddim built from a loop of Sly & Robbie's "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner" riddim, originally made for Black Uhuru in 1978.

Don't think twice when you can lay your hands on a copy of this great 10" vinyl single!!!