Tug a war games

by Lacksley Castell

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A roots obscurity from Lacksley Castell that has been locked in the vaults of Roy Cousins Tamoki- Wambesi- Uhuru label. Lacksley Castell was very much a product of the Waterhouse area of Kingston. Its a pity 'Tug a war games' was the only tune he recorded for Roy Cousins as its a beauty. Castell was a much in demand singer. He recorded for Prince Jammy, Lee Perry and worked with Hugh Mundell on the 'Jah Fire' set. He was also a preferred vocalist of Augustus Pablo. A thoughtful laid back singer Lacksley Castell was perfectly suited to the sparse rhythms that dominated the roots scene of the period. He sadly passed away in 1983.
The flipside by contrast has the soaring vocal harmonies of the Royals over the lush production that was the Roy Cousins modus operandi. As much influenced by the Philly Sounds of Gamble and Huff as West Kingston, King Tubby and Channel One. There is an excellent unreleased version of Malnutrition to finish this set of.

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released November 12, 2015

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