Album review
Uptown Rebel
Cat Coore

Tracking list

  1. Tricks Of The Trade featuring Jack Of Diamonds
  2. Jah Sun You Rise
  3. Dancehall Animal featuring Holy Ghost
  4. Easy Mr. Bond
  5. Uptown Rebel featuring Sanjay
  6. Hold Me Tight featuring Chevelle Franklyn
  7. Symphony Rastafari
  8. Just Rastafari
  9. Sleep Walk
  10. Chip On Them Shoulder
  11. Feel Your Love Featuring Nadine Sutherland
  12. Hold Me Tight Hip Hop Mix
  13. Jah Sun Rise Instrumental
  14. Tricks Of The Trade DJ Version
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 5

Stephen "Cat" Coore founded Third World in 1973 after having played with Inner Circle for 6 years. Cat Coore is a multi-instrumentalist, who introduced the cello in reggae music and enjoyed international success with Third World, releasing notable albums such as "96 Degrees In The Shade" and 'Journey To Addis'. He also recorded with many namebrand artists like Stevie Wonder, Bunny Wailer, Cindy Lauper, Maxi Priest, Michael Rose, Sly & Robbie and Shabba Ranks. In 1996 he worked on a solo project entitled, "Uptown Rebel", which is released by the French reggae label Tabou1. As a member of Third World Cat Coore played an important role in creating and developing the sound of this group which can be characterized as a blend of sophisticated reggae and sweet soul, sometimes indicated as "uptown reggae". Cat Coore's solo album has very much the same approach which makes it accessible for a broad audience. Well played instrumentals, fine vocal deliveries as well as a couple of deejay pieces are presented in an earcaressing style. Not an essential one, but a thoroughly enjoyable solo effort from a very gifted and versatile artist, who continues to deliver "roots with quality".

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