1970

ROCK AWAY * TOMMY McCOOK QUINTET * DUKE REID 2514 * UK

Intensely good instrumental from the late great Tommy McCook, for me, this ranks as one of the all time best's. I think it has something to do with the duality of, and in,  the music; specifically the bubbling electronic organ riff that is sequenced throughout. This 'noise' from the organ seems to sit between being a traditional musical sound, the type of sound familiar in music until the advent of electricity, and a pure electronic 'sound'; a sound once only familiar to, and tolerated in music by the avant garde. A latter paradigm was the 'syn' (= synthetic) drum, which was to dominate the music the following decade. Rock Away was, astonishingly, put out as a mere B side, the A side, You'll Never Get Away by U Roy, is none the less a top side as well, making this British issue well worth the money.

See also:

Soul Serenade

Version (You Donít Care)

Bridge View

Out Of Space

Riverton City

Road Block

Rocket Ship

Revenge

Black River

Harvest In The East

Inez

Jerk Time

The Great Tommy McCook


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