Bangarang Best Of 1962 72

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Review Text This double-CD (spanning 54 tracks) is the first serious retrospective of Stranger Cole's delightful body of work. Born "Wilburn Cole" and nicknamed "Stranger" because he resembled no one else in his family, Cole's first Jamaican hit came in 1962 with "Rough and Tough," which featured a loping ska riff and a manic harmonica solo. "Rough & Tough" jump-started Cole's ska career with producer Duke Reid, which yielded several hits, including the raucous Louis Jordan revival of "Run Joe," featuring harmonies by the Techniques, in 1965. Cole frequently sang duets (he seemed somewhat shy at taking the microphone alone), mostly notably with Patsy Todd, and their collaboration peaked with the wonderful "Down The Trainline," which closes Disc One of this collection. As the ska era waned, Cole left Reid and began working with producer Sonia Pottinger, moving on to several other producers, including Lee "Scratch" Perry, Bunny "Striker" Lee, and Joe Gibbs, as reggae took hold in Jamaica. Having grown into a mature and soulful vocalist, Cole's compassion and humor are everywhere, evident on later tracks here like "Last Flight To Reggae City," the loopy, clarinet-led "Bangarang," and his imaginatively re-tooled cover of the Guess Who's "These Eyes." "Just Like A River," sung with frequent duet partner Gladstone Anderson and produced by Joe Gibbs, was a big hit in the U.K., and is one of Stranger Cole's finest moments. In spite of having a quality recording career for over 40 years, Stranger Cole has been woefully ignored by the critics, but thanks to Trojan Records, this fine Jamaican singer finally has his deserved retrospective. ~ Steve Leggett

Track Listing

CD: 1

  1. 1. Rough & Tough - 3:01
  2. 2. Miss Dreamer - 2:27
  3. 3. When You Call My Name - 3:16
  4. 4. Till My Dying Days - 3:39
  5. 5. Stranger at the Door - 3:39
  6. 6. Uno Dos Tres - 3:47
  7. 7. Conquer - 3:53
  8. 8. Oh Oh I Need You - 3:45
  9. 9. Tom, Dick and Harry - 3:36
  10. 10. Boy Blue - 2:09
  11. 11. Hush - 3:49
  12. 12. We Are Rolling (Under the Tree of Life) - 2:26
  13. 13. Yeah Yeah Baby - 3:57
  14. 14. We Two Happy People - 3:06
  15. 15. Come Back - 3:00
  16. 16. Koo Koo Doo - 2:12
  17. 17. Run Joe - 2:28
  18. 18. Make Believe - 3:40
  19. 19. Love Your Neighbour - 3:51
  20. 20. We Shall Overcome - 2:26
  21. 21. Drop the Ratchet - 2:59
  22. 22. Oh Yee Mahee - 2:29
  23. 23. Give Me the Right - 3:14
  24. 24. Tonight - 2:14
  25. 25. Tell It to Me - 3:58
  26. 26. Your Photograph - 3:06
  27. 27. Down the Trainline - 3:46

CD: 2

  1. 28. Just Like a River - 3:39
  2. 29. Seeing Is Knowing - 3:21
  3. 30. Over Again - 3:56
  4. 31. Love Me This Evening - 3:06
  5. 32. Darling Jeboza Maco - 3:11
  6. 33. Now I Know - 3:56
  7. 34. If We Should Ever Meet - 3:45
  8. 35. Try Me One More Time - 2:21
  9. 36. Last Flight to Reggae City - 3:47
  10. 37. Bangarang - 3:10
  11. 38. When I Get My Freedom - 3:05
  12. 39. Life Can Be Beautiful - 3:31
  13. 40. My Love - 3:57
  14. 41. Give It to Me - 2:09
  15. 42. What Mama Na Want She Get - 2:45
  16. 43. We Two - 2:36
  17. 44. Glad You're Living - 3:02
  18. 45. Help Wanted - 3:11
  19. 46. Pretty Cottage - 3:51
  20. 47. Everything With You - 3:06
  21. 48. Lift Your Head Up High - 3:55
  22. 49. (Where Will You Be) Tomorrow - 3:28
  23. 50. Make Good - 3:02
  24. 51. Run Up Your Mouth - 3:52
  25. 52. These Eyes (A.K.A. Crying Every Night) - 3:31
  26. 53. My Confession - 4:37
  27. 54. I Want to Love You - 3:57

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