The Chequers: Ask for Reggae (1973)

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The Chequers: Ask for Reggae (1973)

The Chequers were a fairly minor league reggae outfit who quite quickly moved away from the template and into what some have called on-line "dodgy disco" (which is a little unfair, it was more Philly soul) and then they evolved into a soul-funk band.

But certainly their star never rose very high although their version of Rudy's In Love (with Philly soul-strings) showed how smooth they could be.

On the flipside however was this track which you suspect owes much more to producer Dave James than the band themselves.

A nice minor groove elevated by the bass playing and whoever the organist was.

A reminder of how reggae used to be when it came on 45s . . . with surface noise. 

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