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The Very Best of Eek-A-Mouse

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iTunes Editors’ Notes

The first and still best collection of Eek-A-Mouse’s early songs continues to serve as a reminder of what an original talent he was. His signature was his wildly inventive scatting; almost all early-'80s toasters employed that trend, but none with the vim of Eek. His trails of rhythmic nonsense syllables are one of music’s most ambiguous sounds. They can be used to translate the ineffability of romantic or lustful thoughts or punctuate a report of brutal street violence. He was deeply playful and deeply mournful, often in the same moment. Within the five-year span covered on this collection, he addressed the life of a newspaper delivery woman (“Star, Daily News and Gleaner”), the effects of an anti-anorexia pill (“Anarexol”), and an account of a concussion sustained in a motorbike crash (“Peeni Walli”), in addition to detail-oriented accounts of Kingston political unrest (“Terrorists in the City,” “Assassinator”) and dancehall lust (“Wa-Do-Dem”). For all the unforgettable aspects of Eek’s persona, the listener must award credit to his backing band, The Roots Radics, which is the glue holding these songs together.

Customer Reviews

A true classic…

However I noticed something on the song Assassinator…I bought this album off of here about a year ago or more and this album is a different version. Same exact songs but say on the song I mentioned… this version is 3:13… the one I bought is 3:47 or something like that. Anyways, the version I bought is way better. I don't know if it is like that one the rest of these but that is something you should keep in mind if you are looking for some Eek-A-Mouse. All of that aside, this is one of the greatest reggae albums ever made period. A landmark of the dancehall movement. Ya just don't get more exotic and funner than this one. Don't get your dancehall from shaggy…get your dance hall from Eek-A. Start with him and go backwards.

Great album but...

I love this album but itunes has the last few songs messed up

Great album unfortunately DE-MASTERED by iTunes.

Don’t mess with a man’s Peeni Walli iTunes.

Biography

Born: November 19, 1957 in Kingston, Jamaica

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Ludicrous, bizarre, and uniquely original, few DJs have made such a splash in the dancehall scene than Eek-A-Mouse. An artist who in any other country would have been a one-hit wonder, in Jamaica became a household name having invented a whole new vocal style, sing-jay, flooding the airwaves with his catch phrases and going on to become a respected toaster. Eek-A-Mouse didn't start out as a novelty act....
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