Tommy McCook / Soul Ofrous

The Saint / Ease Me Up Officer

Trojan : TR-657

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  • Artist: Tommy McCook / Soul Ofrous
  • A Side: The Saint
  • B Side: Ease Me Up Officer
  • Label: Trojan
  • Format: 45s



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

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One of Trojan's rare 45's from the golden "Skinhead" year of 1969. And this copy is in spectacular clean condition, giving up two strong dance tunes. .

Highly accomplished Saxophonist one of the founding fathers of the Skatalites delivers not a homage to Roger Moore's popular TV series or the character, but a fabulously innovative deconstruction of Louis Armstrong's spiritual New Orleans anthem "When The Saints Come Marching On". As with all Tommy McCook displays, his remake takes you so far enough away from the original, you are only thinking of great 1969 Reggae groove, and not Big Brass Jazz Band marching down Canal Street, New Orleans. A blasting trumpet opens up, as Reggae dance pulses drive the session. Swirling keyboard, is peppered by individual Trumpet showboating, making for a joyous foot-stomping Kingston goodtime invitation.

Flip it over for a hidden dance gem from the desk of Duke Reid, the two Winston's, Flame & Jarrett under their combined credit of "Soul Ofrous" wind out vocal ping-pong over a percolating, upbeat arrangement whilst a meandering woodwind mingles with Reggae dance pulses provided by Tommy McCook and His Supersonics, plus a richly calling background harmony chorus adding depth An unusual and addictive creation from Bond Street, Kingston and the Treasure Isle imprint with both sides conducted by Duke Reid himself.

Tough to acquire 1969 British born, in fabulous rare condition.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, an almost invisible minuscule, soft sticker blemish on a-side label is this singles only freckle. full gloss mint minus vinyl only shows the merest storage hairline under direect light

A Side

  • Title: The Saint

    B Side

  • Title: Ease Me Up Officer
  • Year: 1969
  • City: United Kingdom