A timely-if-straightfoward cover of the 1970 original by The Beatles this track is representative of the energy of The Mohawks, heretofore best-known as creators of ‘The Champ,’ an oft-sampled horn break from the world of hip-hop.
Speaking words of wisdom,
let it be…
The Cimarons were the UK’s first indigenous reggae act, formed in 1967 in London, UK from a core of Jamaican session musicians including Sonny Binns, Winston “Reedy” Reid, Franklyn Dunn, Locksley Gichie, Lloyd “Jah Bunny” Donaldson, Maurice Ellis, and Carl Levy. The original 1939 recording Judy Garland made for The Wizard of Oz became both an instant favorite and a defining track for Garland on the order of Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York.”
Someday I’ll wish upon a star
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops
That’s where you’ll find me
A fairly straightforward cover of the 1963 hit for renowned Liverpudlian rock combo The Beatles. Prince Buster entertained a lot of tourist audiences in his heyday so it is only natural that he and other ‘North Coast’ bandleaders would churn out sentimental covers such as these by the bushel.
Close your eyes and I’ll kiss you
Tomorrow I’ll miss you
Remember I’ll always be true
And then while I’m away
I’ll write home every day
And I’ll send all my loving to you
The 1964 original by Andy & Joey lacks the signature disaffected sloth of The Specials‘1979 version from their eponymous LP, comprised as it is of gravelly urban voices muttering unenthusiastically but with irony intact.
You’re wondering now, what to do, now you know this is the end
You’re wondering how, you will pay, for the way you did behave
C & N Records; Brentford Rd. Recorded at Jamaica Recording Studio.