Bangarang ~ The Best Of Stranger Cole 1962-1972
Stranger Cole
2 CD
July 22 - 2003

Track list
Disc 1 - Stranger At The Door

  1. Rough And Tough
  2. Miss Dreamer
  3. When You Call My Name (& Patsy Todd)
  4. Till My Dying Days
  5. Stranger At The Door
  6. Uno Dos Tres (& Ken Boothe)
  7. Conqueror
  8. Oh Oh I Need You
  9. Tom, Dick And Harry (& Patsy Todd)
  10. Boy Blue
  11. Hush (& Ken Boothe)
  12. We Are Rolling (Under The Tree Of Life) (& Ken Boothe)
  13. Yeah Yeah Baby (& Patsy Todd)
  14. We Two Happy People (& Patsy Todd)
  15. Come Back (& Patsy Todd)
  16. Koo Koo Doo (& Owen & Leon Silveras)
  17. Run Joe
  18. Make Believe
  19. Love Your Neighbour
  20. We Shall Overcome (& Gladstone Anderson)
  21. Drop The Ratchet (& Conquerors)
  22. Oh Yee Mahee (& The Conquerors)
  23. Give Me The Right (& Patsy Todd)
  24. Tonight (& Patsy Todd)
  25. Tell It To Me (& Patsy Todd)
  26. Your Photograph (& Patsy Todd)
  27. Down The Train Line (& Patsy Todd)
Disc 2 - Last flight to reggae city

  1. Just Like A River (& Gladstone Anderson)
  2. Seeing Is Knowing (& Gladstone Anderson)
  3. Over Again (& Gladstone Anderson)
  4. Love Me This Evening (& Gladstone Anderson)
  5. Darling Jeboza Macoo
  6. Now I Know (& Gladstone Anderson)
  7. If We Should Ever Meet (& Gladstone Anderson)
  8. Try Me One More Time (& Gladstone Anderson)
  9. Last Flight To Reggae City (& Tommy McCook)
  10. Bangarang (& Lester Sterling)
  11. When I Get My Freedom
  12. Life Can Be Beautiful
  13. My Love (& Patsy Todd)
  14. Give It To Me
  15. What Mama Na Want She Get
  16. We Two
  17. Glad You're Living
  18. Help Wanted
  19. Pretty Cottage (& Gladstone Anderson)
  20. Everything With You
  21. Lift Your Head Up High (& Gladstone Anderson)
  22. (Where Will You Be) Tomorrow (& Gladstone Anderson)
  23. Make Good (& Gladstone Anderson)
  24. Run Up Your Mouth (& Gladstone Anderson)
  25. These Eyes (aka Crying Every Night)
  26. My Confession
  27. I Want To Love You
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 5
Stranger Cole, real name Wilburn Cole was born in 1945, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. He was nicknamed 'Stranger' because he did not look like any other member of the family. At the age of 17 he made his recording debut, topping the local charts with Rough And Tough a tune he did for Duke Reid and When You Call My Name, a duet with Patsy Todd, with whom he scored several hits for Duke Reid such as Yeah Yeah Baby, Come Back and Tom, Dick & Harry. His understated, laconic delivery could be heard on further hits for Duke Reid including the 1963 smash hit Stranger At The Door and the duet with Ken Boothe We Are Rolling which was released in 1964. Noteworthy is also Run Joe which dates from 1965.
During this period he also worked with other producers, including a duet with Ken Boothe on "Worlds Fair" for Coxsone Dodd, and he sang harmony on Eric Morris's huge hit "Penny Reel", a Prince Buster production. By the late 60s his voice had developed into a much more powerful, soulful instrument. He recorded for several producers, including several popular duets with Patsy Todd, including Down By The Tramline, Tonight and Give Me The Right for female producer Sonia Pottinger. For a young Joe Gibbs he recorded a duet with his friend Gladstone Anderson, Just Like A River in 1968. That same year he scored really big with his most popular song called Bangarang, a tune he recorded together with Lester Sterling for upcopming producer Bunny 'Striker' Lee. With the Conquerors he did Drop the Ratchet a plea for peace and sanity. The first release on Joe Gibbs' Amalgamated label was Stranger & Gladstone Anderson's Just Like A River and it became a massive hit in the UK. The self produced Lift Your Head Up High dates from 1970 and sees Stranger Cole dueting with Gladstone Anderson. In 1971 he emigrated to England where he toured extensively, before relocating to Canada in 1973, settling in Toronto.
Despite Stranger's standing as one of the genuine greats of the golden age of Jamaican music, this double CD presents the first ever-serious retrospective of his work. Featuring 54 of his best-known recordings, cut during a period when he was a regular fixture on the Jamaican charts, this long overdue collection illustrates why the work of Stranger Cole is so highly regarded by Ska and Reggae fans the world over.