Sunday, November 18, 2012

Duff Review: Roger's All Stars "First Attack" b/w "The Virgos "Sabor A Mi"

Rivas Recordings
7" vinyl

(Review by Steve Shafer)

This smart, limited-edition single marks the debut of Roger Rivas' (organist/songwriter for The Aggrolites and Los Bullets) imprint Rivas Recordings--yet another outlet for this highly prolific and immensely gifted musician's skinhead reggae creations. The tracks here were recorded by Rivas with top LA ska/reggae performers, credited here as Roger's All Stars and The Virgos.

"First Attack" is a bright, sprightly early reggae instrumental tune by Rivas in a Hippy Boys/Upsetters style (love the Cold War-era reference of the title, so appropriate for a track capturing the sounds and feel of the late 1960s). Turn the wax over and you have a rocksteady cover of the Latin standard "Sabor A Mi" by Mexican composer Alvaro Carrillo. Both cuts are stellar and will be greatly appreciated by fans of this genre.

Only 300 copies of this single are being pressed, so make sure to grab a copy here (I'm looking forward to spinning this 45 at the next Electric Avenue ska/reggae night in NYC...).

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