Available on Record Store Day, 22nd April
The ultimate ‘one-hit-wonders’, Uptown Top Ranking was a surprise International No. 1 smash hit single for the teenage due Althea and Donna. Entranced by Trinity’s hit ‘Three Piece Suit’, they wrote a ‘reply’ song - Uptown Top Ranking, which they cut for Joe Gibbs.
The success of the single, both in Jamaica and globally, secured them a deal with Virgin Record’s Front Line imprint, releasing this, their only album, in 1978.
The album features the cream of Jamaica’s reggae musicians – ‘The Riddim Twins' (Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare) gives the music the fat rhythms, while the legendary group of players, The Revolutionaries - the sublime horn section of Tommy McCook, Vin Gordon, and Herman Marquis; guitarist Earl "Chinna" Smith and keyboard player Bernard Harvey, provide the icing on the cake.
Despite the teenage girls’ lack of experience, this is a fabulous collection of roots reggae that swings from intense moody appeals to Jah, to brightly upbeat pop songs, and the Revolutionaries' outstanding contribution deserves the recognition it never received at the time.The title track has been covered many times, notably by Bristol trip-hoppers Portishead, in the late-'90s.This reissue includes two bonus tracks – It Mek, an album out-take unreleased at the time, and Going To Negril, a 12” single, also from 1978.
Remastered at Abbey road on heavyweight black vinyl.
Out of print for many years.