Rico Rodrecez

Soul Man / It's Not Unusual

Pama : PM 706


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  • Artist: Rico Rodrecez
  • A Side: Soul Man
  • B Side: It's Not Unusual
  • Label: Pama
  • Format: 45s



  • Vinyl Condition: E
  • Label Condition: wol
  • Sleeve Condition: M-

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The name perhaps best known in the UK for his experienced support of The Specials from 1979. But this Jamaican icon Emmanuel Rodriguez had a lifetime vintage recording well before that. being another prodigious talent from the Alpha School tutoring. Where he was guided by the great Don Drummond way back in 1961 7 years later he

Rodriguez was taught to play the trombone by his fellow pupil Don Drummond at the Alpha School in 1961, you can hear how the success of their training sessions. This instrumental rendition of Sam & Dave's timeless classic adds another dimension to Isaac Hayes & David Porter Memphis monster. Rico's trombone seamlessly takes the place of the rasping dynamic duo's voices; as Rico makes his instrument talk, and you find yourself singing the words of that indelible tune. Really cool version..

The flipside which was the original A side "It's Not Unusual" is unusual in the fact it's the first time I heard a version of this song and liked it. Excepting Bobby Martin's piano version on Junior.

What a groundbreaking label Pama became, after these tentative beginnings. I adore that early gold text label.

Condition Report

4 prong centre intact, there is a small name in blue biro on a deep blue background that will most probably not show up on the images as it's hard to detect unless angled in the light. Rich blue background is solid and unfaded. The gold text is bright , crisp and clean. "Soul Man" vinyl has good gloss and a few light surface hairlines, plays strong. "It's Not Unusual" has slightly more hairlines, soft crackle in the quiet areas. check out the soundfile lifted directly off this attractive 45.

A Side

  • Title: Soul Man

    B Side

  • Title: It's Not Unusual
  • Year: 1968
  • City: United Kingdom