Carl Dawkins – Mr Satisfaction 1966-1976 Volume 1

by Jun 28, 2024Mini-Review, Reviews

Carl Dawkins - Mr Satisfaction 1966-1976

Release Info

Patate Records
Street date
April 20, 2024
Website Record Label


Side A
1. Baby I Love You
2. Satisfaction
3. Get Together
4. Make It Great
5. Dr Rodney
6. Don’t Do Wrong
7. True Love (With The Wailers)

Side B
1. Picture On The Wall (With The Wailers)
2. Hard To Handle
3. Cloud Nine (With The Wailers)
4. Rastaman Power
5. Bumpity Road
6. Burnin’ Fire

Originally released in 2003, Patate Records has reissued a remastered version of Carl Dawkins’ LP Mr Satisfaction 1966-1976 Volume 1.

Carl Dawkins is well known for his contribution to the early “Scratch” Upsetter releases and his work with The Wailers.

Some of his work has also been featured on the Pressure Sound label. Burnin’ Fire was one of the high points on the popular Little Roy compilation album, Packing House. A version of the tune is present on this release, and for Roots lovers, this will probably be the highlight of the album, with its measured apocalyptic bass, snare/rimshot structures and metaphor-laden lyrics. It is reminiscent of Junior Delgado/Augustus Pablo’s Storm Is Coming.

Dawkins’ vocal style perhaps has more in common with Soul singers of the ’60s and ’70s, with distinct influences from Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and Bill Withers.

Dawkins’ work also absorbs and reflects the straight-to-the-heart Doo Wop style of The Moonglows, Five Keys, The Flamingos and The Clovers. With Baby I Love You Dawkins fits beautifully into that tradition, contributing his own Jamaican innovation to the Doo Wop culture.

Cloud Nine, another tune from the Upsetter, echoes compositions from the likes of Hank Ballard and Wilson Pickett and features a taut snare workout reminiscent of James Brown’s Funky Drummer.

There are some powerful tunes here, but the album doesn’t consistently hit the spot.

Though patchy in places, perhaps attempting to cover too many styles and giving the impression of a cursory scratching of the surface, this album certainly has its impressive, intense moments.

Overall though, you can’t go too far wrong with an album that combines ’70s Soul vocals with Rocksteady and Roots innovations, showcasing a wide swathe of producers, from Upsetter to Harry J and Little Roy.

This one should score points with all the Soul heads and Bluebeat/Rocksteady obsessives amongst you.

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