Phil Pratt


Various Artists - Raw Roots Vol. 2 - (Phil Pratt productions) - Jet Set - CD.

This is the elusive third volume of Phil Pratt material from Jet Set (following in the well established footsteps by Jet set already (after "Best of Sun Shot" and "Raw Roots Vol. 1"). This album concentrates on the 1971-75 phase of his productions when he was scoring massive hits in Jamaica, and couples many of the tunes with alternate versions to boot.

The album opens with "Ital dish", a DJ-ed love song by I Roy, quickly followed up by it's version. Veteran, and the much underated, Al Campbell cover's Ken Parker's "I can't hide", re-titled "Hide & seek" (succeeded by The Sunshot band's own Dub, "Seek dis ya Dub"). Another Jamaican stalwart Ken Boothe, revisits his original Ska love duet with Stranger Cole, "Artibella". This new version is a Reggae utilising Ernie Ranglin's Studio One "Surfing" rhythm. The other versions include a DJ cut by Big Youth ("Keep your dread" and it's version "Natty culture") and the melodica version by Bobby Kalphat (sourced from a very scratched 45, but this just adds to the mood of the track).

The CD continues at this high quality throughout with other highlights including Keith Poppin's "Envious" (a cover of thr Studio One "Bad mind grudgeful", by Winston Holness & Robin) and it's four versions, Roman Stewart's "Fire at your heel" and Horace Andy's "Get wise".

What may put some off is the number of versions, but if you are an avid fan of Phil Pratt's sparse and vacuous productions this will be one for you.

One final point, this has been almost difficult to obtain this - I had to buy my copy from a market stall holder in Camden Market !