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Latest Album - Live at the Troubadour
The Troubadour in Earls Court is one of London’s oldest music venues. It opened in 1954 and was one of a number of coffee house venues, hosting live music. The most famous of these was the 2 i’s, which is regarded as the birthplace of British rock ‘n’ roll. The Troubadour came into prominence as one of the most important venues of the British folk revival of the late ‘50’s and early ‘60’s. Many notable artists have appeared on the stage of its downstairs cellar bar including: Bob Dylan; Paul Simon; Joni Mitchell; Jimi Hendrix; Elton John; Robert Plant and Jimmy Page.
The famous Troubadour in Los Angeles copied the London club, even to the extent of the sign above the door.
Ricky Cool and the In Crowd have performed at The Troubadour a number of times and its intimate atmosphere is an ideal setting for this recording. The album captures the excitement and energy of the bands live shows.
1. Sounds Like Locomotion.
Originally recorded by Sounds Incorporated in 1962, this instrumental was hugely popular with the early Mods. Sounds Incorporated went on to be managed by Brian Epstein and supported The Beatles on many of their gigs during the height of 'Beatlemania.'
A Ska arrangement of the Duke Ellington classic 'Caravan,' originally recorded by The Skatalites and tastefully re-arranged by the In Crowd.
3. My Kind of Party.
A band original number with a Jamaican rhythm and blues feel.
4. Get Right.
Originally recorded by Bobby Parker, who was a huge influence on many British bands of the 1960s. This is a rhythm and blues song with a rhumba feel.
5. The Be Bop A Lula Rock A Hula Boogaloo.
A band original in the Jamaican ska style. Listen to the lyrics and copy the moves and you'll have learned a brand new dance.
6. I'm In With The In Crowd.
An Instrumental version of the Dobie Gray soul classic. The tune pays tribute to both the original and the famous version by the Ramsey Lewis Trio.
7. Your Wondering Now.
A ska style duet featuring Ricky Cool and David Parry. This song has been covered by many people over the years such as The Specials and Amy Winehouse. The band's version harks back to the original by the Jamaican duo Andy and Joey.
8. I'm In The Mood For Love.
A Jamaican bluebeat version of the jazz standard.
9. Watch Your Step.
Another Bobby Parker number. This is perhaps his most famous. The guitar riff in this song formed the basis of the guitar riff used by The Beatles in their hit record 'I Feel Fine.'
10. Jamaican Jive.
A band original in the Jamaican bluebeat style. This number pays tribute to three of the great Jamaican sound systems of the 1960s. Those operated by: Tom 'The Great' Sebastian; Duke Reid and Clement Coxone Dodd.
Another ska duet featuring Ricky and Dave. The song was originally recorded by Ken Boothe and Stranger Cole. It has become the band's showcase number featuring solos by Ted, Nigel, John, Harry and Dave. This live version shows the song performed in its full glory.
12. Keep on Running.
Originally recorded by Jamaican singer Jackie Edwards who worked for Island Records. The label boss Chris Blackwell gave the song to a British band he had also signed, The Spencer Davis Group. Their Recording became a number one hit single in 1965. Ricky Cool and the In Crowd have taken their influence from the Jackie Edwards original, but at a faster tempo to give it a lively ska feel.