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U.K. reggae popsters Greyhound recorded under a variety of names, including the Rudies, the Tilermen and Des All Stars, before their version of an old Earl Robinson song, "Black and White," became a huge hit in 1971 under the name Greyhound. This collection from Trojan brings tracks by all the incarnations of the band together on one disc, and although technically it isn't all Greyhound, that's actually a good thing, since the resulting variety makes it an easier listen than the Greyhound-only collection (also called Black and White) previously released by Trojan on CD in 1998. Ranging from the ridiculous ("Moon River," "Patches") to the sublime ("The Pressure Is Coming"), to the downright funky (the soulful instrumentals "Night Train," "Funky Jamaica," and "Judgement Rock" show what Greyhound et al. might have been in an alternate universe), this disc offers proof that these guys were capable of more than sugaring up pop covers with a one-drop rhythm and a bunch of strings. Unfortunately they went the slick, smooth route as much as they didn't, and while committed fans will be glad that these tracks are finally together, listeners looking for no frills roots reggae will most likely be disappointed.

Biography

Formed: 1970 in London, England

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '60s, '70s

Initially formed by Danny Smith and Freddie Notes as the Rudies in the late '60s, U.K.-based Greyhound released tracks under a variety of names, including the Rudies, the Tilermen and Des All Stars, before settling on the Greyhound name. As the Rudies, the group had hits with reggae versions of Clarence Carter's "Patches" and Bobby Bloom's "Montego Bay." Notes left as the decade closed, and was replaced by Glenroy Oakley, and the reconstituted Greyhound hit straight out of the box with another...
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