The Mighty Sparrow, Rico & the Special AKA, and Arrow, selected by Steve

9 04 2011

The Mighty Sparrow ~ Soca Man ~ B’s Records /Dynamic Sounds ~ 1984

From the LP “King OF The World” 1984. Real name Slinger Francisco and also known as ‘the Birdie’, Sparrow released this in the USA on both B’s Records and the Dynamic Sounds label; here’s some Caribbean sunshine to brighten up your day.

Rico & the Special AKA ~ Rasta Call You ~ Two Tone UK ~ 1982

Last week, Paul played ‘Jungle Music’ the ‘A’ side to this 12”, but I thought hold on a mo’ what about the other side, so here it is. Since 1996, trombonist Rico Rodriguez has been a member of Jules Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.

Arrow ~ Hot, Hot, Hot (US Remix) ~ Chrysalis/Cooltempo ~ 1984

Originally released in 1982, it wasn’t until this remix and the subsequent push by the UK record label, that this became the classic that it now is. So far as I remember, this US remix was done by T- Connection producer Alex Sadkin, but sources mostly reference Steve Harvey as a remixer of it? UK number 59 in July ‘84, and then 38 in September ‘94.

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