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December 22, 2008

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Groovy Spirit
Love Life
Grand Funk
La-La Girls & Cha-Cha Boys
Dry Wine
Love of Life
Soul Bird
Steeple in the Snow
Mother Funk
Right Track

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  • Original Release Date: December 22, 2008
  • Label: Blue Scholars / Light in the Attic
  • Copyright: (c) 2006 Light In The Attic Records & Productions
  • Total Length: 32:43
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  • ASIN: B000QZU87O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,583 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JACKIE MIT-WHO? December 12, 2006
Format:Audio CD
WISHBONE: Wow! This is Jackie Mittoo? The same Jackie Mittoo that rocked Studio One, Kingston, Jamaica and the rest of the world with classic cuts like HENRY THE GREAT, DRUM SONG, HOT MILK, RAM JAM and just about a million more? The Keyboard King? The Champion Of The Arena?

Yes, apparently this is THE Jackie Mittoo, OUR Jackie Mittoo - but this 1971 session, recorded in Toronto, Canada, is so far out of sync with what he was doing before or after, that you'll probably do a double or even triple take. I mean, surely you weren't actually expecting pop-lite arrangements ever so tastefully underscored by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra? Probably not, and as such, it's hard to know what to say about WISHBONE. It's nicely packaged by American label Light In The Attic, with great sleeve notes and photos of Jackie in action, but it sounds like it was made exclusively for easy-listening AM radio airplay, and it's so outrageously over-polished that it almost slides right back out of the CD player before you can push play. So, at first, I was somewhat dismayed, but the more I listened, the more I found myself actually enjoying this very fluffy, very sugary confection. Okay, it's not in the same division as what you might call Jackie's "real" stuff, his trailblazing ska scorchers, or the bare knuckled reggae ghetto funk that he recorded with Bunny Lee, but nonetheless, it's Jackie Mittoo, and it's for real!

Thus, we're treated to Jackie commandeering The Beatles' CARRY THAT WEIGHT for the swinging title tune, turning out a great sixties-era film score on GRAND FUNK, and - check this out - even doing a Saturday matinee-style rendition of his classic THE SNIPER (GROOVY SPIRIT), which just left me shaking my head and laughing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice, nice - a lost classic from keyboard heaven November 16, 2006
By Dm Otis
Format:Audio CD
This is a very sweet re-release of the 1971 Jackie Mittoo album WISHBONE. Nice packaging and superb re-mastering job. A class job. Musically, it is an eclectic mix that will take you on a world tour of styles. It is all based on the reggae beat but be prepared for a unique Toronto take that uses MOR or "easy listening" as a basic genre for Jackie to wild style it on the organ and piano.

This music is deeply ARRANGED. The arrangements of keyboard, horn, string and rhythm section kind of operate independantly, layered and overlapping and swinging together at opportune times. It is some serious production values going on here, an adventure in sound. George Martin would be impressed. I can only imagine Jackie landed in a different city/culture/continent and just jumped in fingers first, letting his creativity loose in Canada. A few of the songs have singing and you may take time to get into them (how many different vocalists are on this?), while stuff like the opening track with its dancing organ lines, the catchy Soul Bird, and the incredibly awesome title track, which lifts the refrain from The Beatles' Carry That Weight, are immediate winners.

This music is kind of unprecedented, definitely within the reggae world but you can tell somebody white was part of this too. It's a happy union of two musical worlds, and sometimes its just about Jackie cooking away on the organ, which he does very well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jackie Mittoo's Othere Side of the Man February 28, 2010
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Nice recordings by the King of Studio One. It is mostly non reggae. Heard here is Jackie's soulful side in a late 60's early 70's style.
Wishbone is a very clean recording in contrast to his Studio One catalog.
Heartbeat Reggae has more of the King of the Keyboards that is more to my taste since I'm a serious Ska/Rocksteady/Reggae fan.
The likes of Jackie Mittoo will probably not pass this way again so I'll collect all that is available. That said 'Wishbone' is highly enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Packaging Advisory November 14, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album is presented in a non standard package. If the packaging is soiled or otherwise damaged, you lose the artwork and, possibly, the container for the CD. The "Hub" that holds the CD in place, if broken, can not be replaced. I would, if I may, suggest that if you purchase this CD, you would consider placing the CD in a "Jewel Case" and keep the "artwork" in a plastic bag and in a safe place. As for the content, this is a fine collection of Jackie Mitoo's vocal work. You can't miss with these most enjoyable tunes. I hope that this comment is helpful.
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