Ernest Ranglin Mr. Ranglin With Soul on LP
Unlike all the other musicians in those days, Ernest Ranglin was not allowed to go between studios to record and release music as he wished because he was an exclusive employee of the Federal records. Thus it's really hard to find a Rocksteady record with his name on it. Although whenever he found spare time, he would go to Duke Reid's studio and play the guitar and bass as a sideman, often playing sessions with Lynn Taitt. According to Ranglin himself, "I felt really comfortable being at Duke Reid's studio," though sadly there have not been a single release of his solo guitar tune which was recorded there.
So here comes that album, Mr Ranglin With Soul, featuring the rare Rocksteady instrumentals by the man himself. Some of the main features would be "Summertime," "Flamingo" and "Hold Me Tight," a wicked selection of Rocksteady which will certainly touch your heart. Other than that, it's got an exotic intro and uptempo closer "Sling Shot," plus some relatively arranged pop and some ballads to represent Federal's widely ranging styles. This may not make Rude Boys in downtown growl, but it puts a bow on Ranglin's finest '60s material.
Dub Store Records is the ska, rocksteady, reggae and dancehall reissue label run by the eponymous Tokyo based record store. The label aims to accurately cover the 50-plus years of Jamaican music and pass on many rare and magnificent recordings, which are non-commercial and highly artistic. Carefully handing down the tradition of reggae music, Dub Store has so far issued recordings from labels and artists such as Studio One, Federal Records, Jammys, Bunny Wailer's Solomonic, Derrick Harriott, Kiddus I, Redman International, King Tubby's Firehouse, Fam's and BMN.