Risco Version: Triple Vinyl LP
Risco Connection

Risco Version: Triple Vinyl LP

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Label: Strut Records
Release Date: 1st July

Risco Connection created the rocksteady disco, a sound faithful to both sounds but also sitting in either camp, effortless covers that reinvent yet stay truthful to their roots, that give the same groove, the same danceability but with that smooth soul groove of rocksteady and the depth of dub reggae. These much loved 70s 12s are beautifully restored and re-presented by the always incredible Strut Records.

For those who dig: disco and rocksteady.

Drummer “Drummie” Joe Isaacs had already created history as the house drummer at Studio 1 in Jamaica on countless prereggae classics before moving to Canada in 1968 and is credited with slowing down the fast pace of ska during the rocksteady era. With Risco Connection, Isaacs released a series of choice reggae / disco covers, from ‘Ain’t No Stopping Us Now’ and ‘Good Times’ to ‘I’m Caught Up (In A One Night Love Affair)’ and ‘It’s My House’ as limited 12” singles on his own Black Rose imprint. “Arriving in Canada, we were one of the first set of musicians out of Jamaica coming here,” explains Isaacs. “With Risco Connection, we wanted to try something new, songs that would have a crossover between disco and the rocksteady feeling and the right lyrics. We had trouble getting them well distributed widely at the time but people still picked up on the sound.”

Recorded at Glen Johansen’s small studio Integrated Sound in Toronto, musicians included Jamaican, US and Canadian players with Isaacs on drums and percussion, bassist Clarence Greer, guitarist Tony Campbell and keyboardist/singer Glen Ricketts. Isaacs also called on a number of great independent vocalists including Terry Hope (‘It’s My House’), Merlyn “Lorna” Brooks, (‘Caught Up’), Otis Gayle and Juliette Morgan (‘Bringing The Sun Out’ and ‘Sitting In The Park’) and Tobi Lark (‘Good Times’). The biggest hit of all the singles was Risco’s dynamite cover of McFadden and Whitehead’s ‘Ain’t No Stopping Us Now’. selling over 5,000 copies in Toronto and New York with the dub version becoming a firm favourite of David Mancuso at his famed Loft parties.

‘Risco Version’ brings together all of the vocal versions, dubs and extra tracks from the singles. Both formats feature an interview with Joe Isaacs and liner notes by journalist Angus Taylor. Audio is restored by Sean P and fully remastered and cut loud and proud by The Carvery.

First ever official compilation of Risco Connection’s sought-after singles

Includes new interview with Joe Isaacs and liner notes by Angus Taylor

Audio restored by Sean P and fully remastered by The Carvery

Includes the vocal and dub versions of ‘Ain’t No Stopping Us Now’, a favourite of David Mancuso at his New York Loft parties

A1. Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now (Vocal)
A2. Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now (Version)
B1. Good Times
B2. One More Time (Instrumental)
C1. I’m Caught Up
C2. Argument
D1. It’s My House (Special Disco version)
D2. It’s My House (Version)
E1. Bringing Out The Sunshine
E2. Risco Music
E3. Reggae Music
F1. Sitting In The Park
F2. Park Version
F3. Stopping (Version)

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