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Review: Get Ready, by Prince Fatty featuring Big Youth, George Dekker

This is pure class! For the single “Get Ready”, English reggae producer Prince Fatty (The Skints, Hollie Cook) teams up with the two Jamaican heavyweights Big Youth and George Dekker. The song is of course the classic soul tune written by Smokey Robinson for The Temptations in the mid-1960s. The new version is laid-back and starts with Big Youth toasting it away, before George Dekker (The Pioneers) takes over in a style very close to the original lead vocals by Eddie Kendricks. “Get Ready” constantly interweaves toasting, falsetto vocals and dubby effects, it’s constantly on the move and will leave you wanting more of that. The stripped down dub version is on the flipside.

How to get “Get Ready”: “Get Ready” at Amazon.  It’s also out on the all download and streaming platforms including bandcamp (just click on the embedded audio file).

Side A: Get Ready Ft Big Youth & George Dekker
Side B: Get Ready Dub
Label: Evergreen Recordings

Also don’t forget to check the interview Charles Benoit did with Prince Fatty for RSS (just click).

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With his Ska band The Braces (1984-1991, 2000-2006) Joachim Uerschels released three albums for Unicorn, Pork Pie and Mad Butcher Records. He lives in Cologne, Germany as a writer and musician. In 2016, he published his solo debut album "Songbook Vol. II" as Joe ScholesJoe Scholes

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