A-Lone Presents ~ Oil & Water
A-Lone Productions - FAK Records
June 6, 2006

Track list
  1. Mankind - Roberto Sánchez
  2. Mighty One - Kenny Knots
  3. Everyday Task - Inés Pardo
  4. Gonna Fight - Dubby Ambassah
  5. The West - Roberto Sánchez
  6. Helping Hand - Ben-Jammin'
  7. Oil & Water - Roberto Sánchez
  8. Anaga - Lone Ark Riddim Force
  9. Hold I - Nano Bravo
  10. Make It - Roberto Sánchez
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4/5
A-Lone Productions (Santander, Spain) is the musical project of producer, singer and musician Roberto Sanchez, who tries to recreate and express himself through the classic reggae sound and production of that classic sound. Roberto's influences are: musicians like The Revolutionaries, the sound from Channel One and Black Ark studio, mix-masters like King Tubby and Scientist and producers such as Bunny Lee and Linval Thompson, which he proved with his production of the truly stunning selection over Kiddus I's 'Graduation in Zion Riddim' for Lone Lions a collaboration with Mad Lions Producciones (Valencia, Spain) and then he proved it again with the excellent "Two Rocksteady Riddims". And to do justice to his strong works, it's nothing but logical to review the 2006 compilation of tunes produced between 2002 and 2006 as well "A-Lone Presents ~ Oil & Water".

Roberto Sanchez himself opens this collection with the stunning "Mankind" as a reminder of what a great singer he himself is, besides being a multi-talented musician and producer, followed by UK roots singer Kenny Knots' truly impressive "Mighty One" over a recut of Gregory Isaacs' 1978 'Uncle Joe' and female Spanish singer Inés Pardo whose UK lovers rock vocals in "Everyday Task" will be hard to match even for British lovers rock veterans, so wonderful is this tune. Long time Roberto Sanchez collaborator Dubby Ambassah' also impresses with the strong "Gonna Fight" with its moody hornlines before Roberto Sanchez himself contributes another great vocal in the anti-wartune "The West".

Barcelona's Ben-Jammin' also convinces with his plea to a rich man to lend a "Helping Hand" before Roberto Sanchez delivers what is not only the title track but also the best track of this (extremely strong) compilation "Oil & Water" that is the most perfect example of how many of these tunes though recorded in Spain between 2002 and 2006 sound like they have been recorded in the late 1970s in Jamaica by producers like Glen Brown. That vibe even is penetrant in the wonderful instrumental "Anaga", that is followed by another Lone Ark stalwart, Nano Bravo with his rootsy lovers tune "Hold I" before this album is closed by Roberto Sanchez' fourth (and once more very very strong) tune, the hopeful "Make It". This is an essential must have set of tunes and if you're into late 70s roots you're not going to believe your ears!