Jamaican vocal harmony group Tetrack is one of many outfits and artists that never really reached the success they rightfully deserved back in the days. At the time competition was fierce and many labels lacked financial funds for marketing.
Gladly several albums that were overlooked at the time of release have been reissued at one time or another. And now France’s Only Roots has the done right thing by releasing Tetrack’s debut album Let’s Get Started, a set produced by the legendary Augustus Pablo and originally issued in 1980 on the Message label.
Tetrack was a trio consisting of childhood friends Dave Harvey, Paul Mangaroo and Carlton Hines, Carlton Hines also being gifted songwriter for other artists, including Gregory Isaacs, John Holt and Dennis Brown.
They started singing together in the early 70s and were introduced to Augustus Pablo a few years later. And their album together is superb roots with close harmonizing. Just listen to the beautiful and melancholic Look Within Yourself.
For me dread and ethereal rhythms produced by Augustus Pablo paired with sweet harmonies are a perfect match. And Let’s Get Started is one of the many overlooked and unknown classics in the history of reggae.
Following monumental reissues from Pressure Sounds – the beautiful Live it To Know It from Jimmy Riley – and Shanachie – the haunting Dread Prophecy from Yabby You – comes another set that is wicked than wicked.
U.S. based Digikiller has teamed up with France’s Only Roots for the reissue of pianist Gladstone “Gladdy” Anderson’s rare Sings Songs for Today and Tomorrow. But this album is more than that particular set since it comes with its almost dub counterpart Radical Dub Session by Roots Radics.
Gladstone Anderson has been in the music business since the birth of reggae and he has played on several immortal reggae albums, including several scorchers with Roots Radics. He started as one part of vocal duo Stranger [Cole] & Gladdy, but from the 70s and onwards he mainly worked behind the scenes as pianist and arranger for various producers.
Sings Songs for Today and Tomorrow and Radical Dub Session were originally released in the early 80s on the Jahmani and Solid Groove labels respectively and didn’t make much noise at the time. Both sets are however fantastic and Gladstone Anderson has a velvety voice clashing the brimstone and fire riddims laid down by Roots Radics powered by Style Scott on drums and Errol “Flabba” Holt on bass. The dub album comes with deadly mixes provided by Channel One regulars Barnabas and Maxie.
The album comes in a beautiful 2LP gatefold sleeve with both sets complete with their original sleeves. And it’s obviously a work of love provided by two of the best reissue labels today.