Soul Brothers

Carib Soul

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Carib Soul was created during an era when ska and especially rocksteady were relatively new on the Jamaican music scene. The horn arrangements in particular on some of these pieces are indicative of ska, but some of the tempos are considerably slower. That said, one should keep in mind that at this point in time there was little in the way of consciously conceived rocksteady, so take caution before putting an intra-reggae genre label on any these pieces. On such numbers as the Mamas & the Papas cover "Monday, Monday," for example, the rhythmic accents are heavy on the two and the four, a pattern synonymous with the reggae sound. Others, though, might sound to the modern listener like Caribbean oldies. In this sense, the mood of the record shifts about from a mid-tempo ska track to a pensive ballad and then to calypso within the first three tracks alone. This was truly an exciting time in Jamaica, as new sounds were blossoming almost literally by the month. The inclusion of song titles like "Hot Tacos," "Chicken and Booze," and "Searching for Weapons" coupled with some especially tough Francis Wolff-like session photos (à la the Blue Note jazz label) make this LP look like an all-out barnburner, but the listener must keep in mind that this was a time of great musical fluctuation on the island. As a result, a number of styles are represented here.