The classic 'Rhapsody in Blue', the original version of 'Reggae Rhapsody', was written by American composer and solo pianist George Gershwin in 1924. Nearly 50 years after, in 1973, Eumir Deodato edited the song and released it on CTI Records. The label was a favorite of Black music fans at that time. Leslie Butler recorded his keyboard version shortly after the Eumir Deodato's release. This is another rare recording from the Federal catalogue to be reissued for the very first time. Side B features a Reggae fusion instrumental, 'Mystic Mood', by Willie Lindo. The song became a hit and earned a position in his LP titled 'Far and Distant'.
Dub Store Records is the Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae and Dancehall reissue label run by the eponymous Tokyo based record store. The label aims at accurately covering the 50-plus years of Jamaican music, and pass on many rare and magnificent recordings, which are non-commercial and highly artistic. Carefully handing down the tradition of reggae music, Dub Store Records has so far issued recordings from labels and artists such as Studio One, Federal Records (Federal, Kentone, Merritone), Jammys, Bunny Wailer's Solomonic, Derrick Harriott, Kiddus I, Redman International, King Tubby’s Firehouse, Fam's, BMN and much more to come.
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released January 27, 2015