The Mighty Striker Shoots At Hits (Moll-Selekta Records)


The “Mighty Striker” is Bunny “Striker” Lee, one of the most prolific producers from the Golden Age of reggae. Unlike better-known reggae producers Lee Perry and King Tubby, “Striker” didn’t have an easily identifiable production style, but his stable of powerful vocalists deliver the goods on these seventeen choice cuts of prime mid-1970s roots tunes. Cornell Campbell’s sweet falsetto on “Give Me Love” sits comfortably next to a spooky  12″ mix of Horace Andy’s classic “I Don’t Want To Be Left Outside”, which is swiftly followed by Roy Shirley’s bass-heavy “Israelites Leave Babylon” and so on. Other highlights include Hortense Ellis’ cover of her brother Alton’s hit “I’m Still In Love” and Johnny Clarke’s tough-sounding “Rockers For Me”, whose rhythm gets repurposed for Prince Ras Murray’s toasting number “Rockers Lead The Way”. Those who know that reggae goes much deeper than Bob Marley, would be doing themselves a favor by checking this out.

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