The mysterious and hugely talented COBBS recorded only 4 instrumental tracks in 1969.
These 4 tracks were produced by Joe Gibbs - in his recording studio in Kingston, Jamaica. They were initially published on the Amalgamated Records label in the U.K. in 1969 on 4 distinct E.P.s. shared with other artists from the label. As a band, The Cobbs are virtually unknown today but its members were in fact the "creme de la creme" of Jamaican musicians at the time. All four were members of the Revolutionaries i.e. the 1970s Channel One studio band.
Check this line-up:
Sly Dunbar: Drums
Rad Bryan: Guitar
Ranchie McLean: Bass
Ansel Collins: Keyboards
With such musicianship, it is really unfortunate that only 4 songs, all instrumentals and all cracking tracks, were ever recorded by The Cobbs. Their compositions were distinctly creative, driven by a big organ sound, heavy rhythms and an unstoppable energy.
Unknown and underrated, The Cobbs were a formidable Reggae powerhouse for a short time at the end of the 60s. Until now The Cobbs tracks have never been released on a single of their own.
Here are TWO of The Cobbs rarest killer tracks "JOE GIBBS MOOD" and "HOT BUTTERED CORN" together on a dedicated 7' single for the first time.
Many thanks to Ansel Collins for providing the information regarding The Cobbs line-up...
Title: "JOE GIBBS MOOD" Artist: THE COBBS - 1969
Genre: Medium tempo 60s Reggae/Boss Sound
Written by Ansel Collins. Initially released as a B side for Ken Parker "Only Yesterday" on The Amalgamated label in 1969, this rare and enthralling instrumental brilliantly showcases Ansel Collins unique sense of intricate melodies and his mastery at the organ. This very much in demand gem is a Reggae organ bliss and an absolute must!
Title: "HOT BUTTERED CORN" - Artist: THE COBBS - 1969
Genre: medium tempo 60’s Reggae/Boss Reggae
Initially released on a B side for Count Machukie "Machukie's Cooking" on the Amalgamated label in 1969, this very rare track has never been repressed since. HOT BUTTERED CORN is yet another organ driven killer-diller instrumental. Ansel Collins keyboard playing on this track exemplifies the Skinhead reggae style and it is a prime example of the very best Boss Reggae instrumentals of the time. A rare gem indeed and a perfect companion to the A side!
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