Taxi / Silent River Productions
7" single
July 11, 2011

Artist & tune

  • Bitty McLean - In And Out Of Love / A Step Closer
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In 2004, after an eight-year creative break, Bitty McLean returned in majestic form with the critically acclaimed album "Peckings Presents... On Bond Street With The Supersonics". This Peckings produced set saw phenomenal worldwide success and everyone was longing for a next collection of tunes from the singer. However it then lasted five years before he came up with another album. The latter, called "Movin' On", brought him to Jamaica where he recorded 16 tracks with the riddim twins Sly & Robbie. At that time we hoped we didn't have to wait another five years for his next album to appear, and with the release of this brand new double A-sided 7" vinyl it looks like we don't have to wait that long (fingers crossed).

Again Bitty McLean has teamed with Sly & Robbie, but (luckily) they have not used classic Taxi riddims for these two songs. The fresh original riddims, complemented by the horns of French saxophonist Stepper and trombone player Henry "Buttons" Tenue (Matic Horns), sound real smooth and very polished. It not only gives them a strong crossover feel, but it also makes that this single will surely find its way to fans of so-called 'big people's music'. With these fine love songs, of which "A Step Closer" is the slightly better effort, Bitty McLean once again displays his brilliant voice to the fullest. Even though you may prefer hearing him sing tunes with a raw edge, this alone makes it a joy to listen to his songs.

As a bonus you get a 5 track CD EP containing the two songs from the 7" vinyl plus "The Real Thing", "Games (83 Mix)" and "Lost Love" from the "Movin' On" album.