Ernest Ranglin

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Ernest Ranglin - A Mod Mod Ranglin - K&K Records - CD

Veteran guitarist Ernie Ranglin has always been a favourite amongst Jamaican music and Jazz fans alike, but since the Island Jamaica Jazz labelís "Below the bassline" album and his appearance at Ď98s Glastonbury Pop Festival, his popularity has reached a wider audience again, and deservedly so. The (mainly) instrumental album was recorded at the Khouriís Federal Studios in around 1966 in very early JA stereo and issued with only 12 tracks. The re-issue features a further 6 tracks and compiles the original mix of Ballads, Pop tunes, mild Jazz with some cool Rock Steady and Ska. Covers like Dylanís "Blowing in the wind", the traditional jump up tune "Archie (buck them up)" - one of the few vocal sides, the Ska versions of "You wonít see me" and "Felicia" and the ballad variation of "Born free" all make this up to be a rounded set, with the extra tracks blending seamlessly with the original selection. The guitar playing is faultless, but the track selection (Somewhere my love !) and the session band (Byron Lee & The Dragonnaires?) is a little too clean and therefore bland to make this anywhere near an essential purchase.Still, paying £15 for this re-issue on crystal clear CD, saving you the £40 this writer spent on the original JA issue, doesnít seem like such a bad deal after all, although sleeve notes would have been nice. Recommended for owners of wine bars and singles clubs and those, like me, who have just got to have everything he recorded !! Charlie Reggae