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Jackie Mittoo Champion In the Arena 1976-1977

The dear departed Jamaican keyboardist Jackie Mittoo is certainly one of the most influential figures in the back shadows of reggae, from his pioneering work with the Skatalites, as a tireless session man for Studio One, and of course as a maker of blissful dub grooves on his own in the mid-late '70s. It's boring to write about Blood & Fire, though the music never is. Every release is flawless, with excellent liner notes, layout, great sound and perfect selections-here culled from Mittoo's best period. The organ is warm and engulfing, the Bunny Striker Lee rhythms are dubby with a funky feel-this might just be the best compilation in existence for lovers of Jackie Mittoo's sound.

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