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Anybody else dig Ernest Ranglin?

Lance

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I was just talking about him yesterday. A co-worker had mentioned ska bands, and I asked him if he had ever heard of ER. It was unfortunate that he had not. So, I'll have to turn him on to some, but realized that I don't seem to have any in my collection. So, thanks for the recommendation. If you had to pick his two best releases, what would they be?

I did catch him live once. It was back around 2001 at the Maritime Hall, here in SF. Great show, and killer playing!
 

bluejack

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Recently picked up a copy of Surfin' at the library. Had read and heard his name for years. Glad i did as it's very nice !
Cheers,
J
 

supervillian

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I believe he was on alot of Byron Lee & The Dragonnaires stuff, even though they were kind of uptown "lite" as far as original ska goes. But, I think they have the best sounding ska recordings from that period....YMMV

Also, ER is all over the first Jimmy Cliff live album, his solo on "Many Rivers to Cross" is simply AWSHUM!

I am sure he did some stuff with the Skatalites (as all those early Jamaican studio guys all played together at some point), but I think it was mostly Jah Jerry on their early stuff.

It's a shame Ernest is not better known, what a talent!
 

buddyrama

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Just got Surfing and Below the Bass Line last week. Kimock does a rippin version of Nana's Chalk Pipe.
 

changeling

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he was the 1st guy i ever saw hold the guitar horizontally and play it like a piano..not saying that he invented it.
fantastic innovative guitarist;and well underappreciated.
 

Adel2

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Possibly the most humble musician I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. If you come across an album recorded in 1962 called "Guitar in Ernest", BUY IT!!
 

teleharmonium

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Possibly the most humble musician I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. If you come across an album recorded in 1962 called "Guitar in Ernest", BUY IT!!
You mean the one on Island UK or the one on Federal ? (two different albums with the same name)
 

Adel2

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You mean the one on Island UK or the one on Federal ? (two different albums with the same name)
Not sure as someone taped it for me many years ago. It has songs like "Polkadots and Moonbeams" and "Daahoud" as well as a couple of originals.
 

BobbyFudge

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I had the pleasure of sitting and listening a few feet from his trio at a hotel in Jamaica 20 years ago...a mesmerizing show.
 




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