Dennis Alcapone – My Voice Is Insured for Half a Million Dollars (1970 – 1973)

“Consisting of tracks recorded between 1970 and 1973, when the young DJ was at the peak of his popularity, this album remains the single best summation of Dennis Alcapone’s art. It’s true that his style owed a deep debt to U Roy, but he managed to improve on his lyricism and melodic interest; although Alcapone was primarily a ‘chatter’ in the established tradition, he frequently lapsed into singing and was also known for his strange whoops and yelps. My Voice has been reissued by Trojan before, but this issue ups the ante considerably by adding ten bonus tracks to the original program. Highlights are numerous and include the spectacular ‘Musical Alphabet,’ ‘Joe Frazier Round 2′ (which continues a popular topic for DJs of the period), and most of all, his brilliant DJ cuts on the Ethiopians’ classic ‘Selah’ (titled ‘Rocking to Ethiopia’) and Augustus Pablo’s deathless instrumental ‘Java’ (‘Mava’). Of course, he’s helped considerably by the consistently high quality of the rhythm tracks, which came to him courtesy of such top producers as Duke Reid, Winston ‘Niney’ Holness, and Bunny Lee. This album should be considered an essential part of any serious reggae collection.”

YouTube: Dennis Alcapone & The Dubcats – Cassius Clay – 29 Oct 2011 – Boss Sounds Festival
YouTube: My Voice Is Insured for Half a Million Dollars, Pop a Version, Fever Teaser, Power Version, Rocking to Ethiopia, Cassius Clay & Joe Frazier (Round 2), Jungle Of Crime, Fine Style, Mava


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