Watch This Sound EP
Keble 'Cables' Drummond
Upstairs Music
Digital Release
June 13, 2016

Track list
  1. Watch This Sound
  2. Watch This Sound Remix feat. Curley Cash
  3. Gits Sound feat. Mauricio Espinosa
  4. Watch This Sound Instrumental feat. Sons Of Mystro
  5. Sound Dub
  6. Watch This Sound Acoustic feat. Peterpan

Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4/5
The Cables were formed back in 1962 by Keble Drummond, Elbert Stewart and Vince Stoddart. Keble already had experience with The Sylastians (whose members included Barry Llewellyn and Earl "Heptones" Morgan). By 1966, they recorded a single for Sonia Pottinger before Studio One's Coxsone Dodd put them in his swelling roster. For him they recorded a slew of hits like "Baby Why" and "What Kind Of World". An album of the same name was released in 1970. The group broke away from Studio One the same year and recorded for Harry J and Bunny Lee before going separate ways.

They reunited in 1977 for "Baby Why" (Harry J) which featured backing from In Crowd and Third World. A third album of the same name was released in 2002 (VP). The group has intermittedly reunited from time to time; for Reggae Sunsplash 1994 and a terrific performance at 2011 Sierra Nevada World Music Festival with tenor Owen Dockery. Keble "Cables" Drummond migrated to the United States in 1979 and worked with American Airlines for many years. In 2013 he released "Mellow Moods Of Music", his first solo album.

At the beginning of 2016 Keble Drummond and producer Danny Breakenridge of Upstairs Music joined forces for the 6 track EP "Watch This Sound". The song is a reggae version of "For What It's Worth" written by Stephen Stills. It was performed by the American pop group Buffalo Springfield and released as a single in January 1967. That same year The Uniques (with Slim Smith as lead vocalist) recorded a reggae version of the song as "Watch This Sound" and it became their first hit.

Keble 'Cables' Drummond was a good friend of the troubled Slim Smith who died in 1973. They even recorded a 'combination tune' called "Come On" for Bunny 'Striker' Lee. The EP starts with a straight vocal version of the song, a nice and sweet rendition indeed! A little dancehall comes along with the remix cut when deejay Curley Cash, a Jamaican-born deejay now living in Miami FL, joins Keble. Next comes an interesting instrumental lick of the song with Colombian guitarist Mauricio Espinosa giving his best! The well known reggae violin duo Sons of Mystro do their thing on the next version. A dub version is included as well. Finally there's a kind of 'unplugged' version with Keble only backed by a piano and a keyboard.

Nice shoot from this veteran!