Monty Alexander – Love And Happiness / Yellow Bird
For his MPS album ‘Rass’, Monty returned to Jamaica to turn out a jazz-funk groover. Recorded in Kingston in 1974, the date assembled some of the island’s most in-demand sessions musicians, including Ernest Ranglin and Jackie Jackson. Sort after for Alexander’s heavily sampled Al Greene cover, ‘Love and Happiness’, forming the backdrop to productions by Pete Rock, Large Professor, Q-Tip and The Beatnuts. The session has remained unissued on vinyl since the 70s and is presented here on 45 for the first time, cut directly from the master tape. On side B we find ‘Yellow Bird’, a traditional Caribbean melody played with funky calypso-reggae-ska inflections.
With unique access to the SABA/MPS tape archive and original artwork, Wallen Bink presents a series of ten limited-edition all-analogue 45rpm 7” singles. Mastered by Grammy-winning engineer Sean Magee at Abbey Road Studios on a Neumann VMS 80 using SABA/MPS mastertapes, via a pure AAA analogue chain. This series sees the first ever release on 45 single format of some of the most significant and revered recordings within the back catalogue of Europe’s greatest jazz label. Featuring audiophile-grade vinyl and glossy heavyweight covers manufactured at Pallas Group GmbH, this single-press limited-edition series is issued here for the first and only time, with absolutely no represses.
New Vinyl / Reissues