Finally, a career retrospective of the Jamaican saxophone giant Tommy McCook. Starting at the beginning of a long career, in the ska years, and extending on up through the heavier sounds
of the roots and reggae decade, this set covers a lot of ground, which you'd have to do to scrape the surface of McCook's contributions to Jamaican music. 49 tracks of instrumental ska, rockseady and reggae, with McCook's sax nice and up front, just the way we like it. The first disc features mostly Duke Reid productions, so you know the vibe is jumpin', while the later tracks on disc 2 are mostly BunnY Lee productions, though there's a couple of nice bits produced by Gussie Clark, Niney Holness, Lee Perry and a few others. This nicely annotated set includes "Ska Jam", "Persian Cat Ska", "One, Two, Three
, Kick", "Caltone Special", "Tommy's Rocksteady", "Real Cool", "Soul Serenade", "Music Is My Occupation", "Mad, Mad, Mad", "Heatwave", "Ranglin On Bond Street", "Progressive Reggay", "Stupid Doctor", "Bad Cow Skank", "The Watergate Affair","The Right Track", "Cloak & Dagger", "Move Out", "A Dancing dub", "A Version I Can Feel With Love", "Dub The Duke", "Behold Dis Ya Dub Of Class", "Rock By Sir Dee's Scorcher", "Rock It On A Dub Land", "Hot Lava" and more!
(Out of print US pressing.)