More great tunes from the vaults of Coxsonne Dodd, featuring all the musicians associated with that studio : Jackie Mittoo, Horsemouth, Ernest Ranglin and Skully. It also features the under rated talents of Headley Bennett, the hornsman that, besides all his countless JA releases, also contributed to all the early Onu Sound releases, from African Head Charge's first three albums to Bim Sherman's first works with Adrian Sherwood.
Two albums are compiled here : "Mr Fix It" and "California Dreaming". "Mr Fix it" is the better of the two albums, featuring "Love me Today and Not Tomorrow" on which Winston Francis sounds like a young Bim Sherman.
Also featured is the existential loneliness and frustration of "The Games People Play", in which Winston recounts an urban tale of cheating preachers, insincere friends and competitive enemies. It's a moving composition, and a stand out track here. "Don't Change" again, has a tone similar to Bim Sherman's plaintive, emotional delivery.
This is not a roots album, neither is it dubwise, but it's a very good example of soul influenced Coxsonne styles, perhaps in the vein of very early Willie Williams releases. It is also clearly influenced by artists like The Neville Brothers, Lee Dorsey, Wilson Pickett and Richard Berry. Most of the vocal styles are firmly rooted in 50's and 60's American harmony groups and even doo wop patterns.
Most of the album is cover versions of soul tunes, but Winston shows off his own considerable song writing abilities with "Let's Go to Zion", the only roots dubwise composition on the album. This is a classic tune, considered by many to be one of the best roots tunes out of Coxsonnes vaults, with its heavy drum and bass, cracking snares, timbale tones and syn drum effects. You get two versions here -- One vocal version, then a second extended discomix, complete with its thundering version clocking in at almost 7 minutes.