Al Collie and the VIPS – The First of May
Al Collie and the VIPS was the houseband of “the IN spot in Nassau, the swinging Buccaneer Lounge at the Flagler Inn Hotel on beautiful Paradise Island.” The band played the typical mix of Calypso, almost-reggae and soul that features on so many private hand-out records from countless “In spots” on the Islands of the days.
This one is actually rather nice. One highlight is a mellow, exotic version of Here comes the sun and the playing by bassist Al Collie, his brother Ronnie Collie on drums, Gary Davis on guitar and Hubert Gibson is good throughout. The best track for us people nowadays is the stretched funk instrumental track Melting pot that ends side one. All four get to exhibit their goods in excellent solo’s. Good stuff. Vinyl sounds like it was made from the oil they fried their seafood in though.
Listen to: Melting Pot