Uptown Top Ranking (RSD Vinyl) - Althea & Donna - Musik -  - 0602448714251 - April 22, 2023

Uptown Top Ranking (RSD Vinyl)

Althea & Donna

Uptown Top Ranking (RSD Vinyl)

The ultimate one-hit-wonders, Uptown Top Ranking was a surprise International No. 1 smash hit single for the teenage due Althea and Donna. Entranced by Trinitys hit Three Piece Suit, they wrote a reply song - Uptown Top Ranking, which they cut for Joe Gibbs.

The success of the single, both in Jamaica and globally, secured them a deal with Virgin Records Front Line imprint, releasing this, their only album, in 1978.

The album features the cream of Jamaicas reggae musicians The Riddim Twins' (Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare) gives the music the fat rhythms, while the legendary group of players, The Revolutionaries - the sublime horn section of Tommy McCook, Vin Gordon, and Herman Marquis; guitarist Earl "Chinna" Smith and keyboard player Bernard Harvey, provide the icing on the cake.

Despite the teenage girls lack of experience, this is a fabulous collection of roots reggae that swings from intense moody appeals to Jah, to brightly upbeat pop songs, and the Revolutionaries' outstanding contribution deserves the recognition it never received at the time.The title track has been covered many times, notably by Bristol trip-hoppers Portishead, in the late-'90s.This reissue includes two bonus tracks It Mek, an album out-take unreleased at the time, and Going To Negril, a 12 single, also from 1978.

Remastered at Abbey road on heavyweight black vinyl.

Out of print for many years.


Media Music     VINYL     LP   (Vinyl)
To be released April 22, 2023
EAN/UPC 0602448714251
Dimensions 300 g   (Weight (estimated))

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