Derrick Pitter – Zambezi
Title: Derrick Pitter – Zambezi
Label: Tamoki-Wambesi-Dove | Format: CD | Street date: September 12, 2017 | Website: Derrick Pitter
- King Pharaoh Army
- Abyssinia [E.R.S.]
- Zambezi [E.R.S.]
- Political Violence
- Rumors Of War [Prince Far I]
- Mr Music, Please Play
- Skateland Boogie [Gordon Pen Crew]
- Buskin’ [E.R.S.]
- Yakuba [Charlie Chaplin & Jim Kelly]
- Jobe Lane Scandal [Scientist]
- May I Woman
- Movita Suckie [E.R.S.]
- Sabera-Dildi [Gordon Pen Crew]
- Village Lawyer [Jah Stitch]
And now, almost 40 years after the release of the roots killer “King Pharaoh Army”, Roy Cousins has released a real nice compilation of Derrick Pitter’s work alongside some corresponding dubs and an occasional deejay cut. The reason for the inclusion of these additional tracks is the fact that some of the tracks from the recording sessions for a full length Derrick Pitter album are lost.
No better way to start this album than with one of Derrick Pitter’s strongest tunes, “King Pharaoh Army”, and its wicked dub version called “Abyssinia”. It’s followed by another winner, “Friction” (with sax overdubs), which also has been given the dub treatment for the title track “Zambezi”. And the deadly goods keep on coming with “Political Violence” (aka “The World And Its People”) across the “Hey Girl” riddim, played by the Roots Radics. And then Prince Far I rides the same riddim in his inimitable style on “Rumours Of War” aka “Stop The War”.
The thrilling “Mr. Music, Please Play” (with sax overdubs) is followed by “Skateland Boogie”, its nice sounding instrumental version credited to the Gordon Pen Crew, and “Buskin'”, the E.R.S. dub cut with the vocal coming in out of the mix. Affairs of the heart drop in with “Passion”, a song that somehow sounds familiar. Really good to have “Yakubu”, the deejay cut by Charlie Chaplin & Jim Kelly, included as well. More nice lovers material comes next with “May I Woman” (originally titled “My Sweet Lady”) and the beautiful “Shinasha”. Deejay Jah Stitch rounds off this collection with “Village Lawyer” aka “We Have Fe Talk”, which is underpinned by the “Hey Girl” riddim.