Just picked up a copy of Edi Fitzroy's "First Class Citizen" on Musical Ambassador (Trevor Elliott production), and it's a first-class release. The rhythms in particular are excellent; they're at once strong and sweet without leaning too much towards plodding heavyness or too-sugary lovers rock. Listening to the album and looking through my collection and on the internet has raised some questions . . . .
First, on the above CD, the track "Have You Ever" has weird clicking noises on it. Not a big deal as I have a good CD-R copy of the 12" mix of the song, but a little strange since the rest of the CD has great sound - does anyone else have this problem, or did I get a defective copy?
Secondly, I noticed that some of the rhythms on the Fitzroy album also underpinned tunes on Ringo's "Cool Profile" album, another good LP (that I only have on CD-R). I checked it out on Roots Archives, and found that although it was released on Musical Ambassador, production was credited to Robert "Flako" Palmer, the producer normally associated with Negus Roots. At first I thought this might be a mistake, but then I remembered that there was a double-sized Edi Fitzroy 12" produced by Elliott and released on Negus Roots (Love The People Want // Have You Ever). Anyone who has the original LP - was this a mistake on the part of Roots Archives? Or was it actually produced by Palmer? And if it was produced by Palmer, does anybody know more about this connection between Negus Roots and Musical Ambassador? Musical Ambassador now has a website (http://www.musicalambassador.com
), but mentions nothing of it. (I guess I could always email Elliott himself and ask if nobody knows . . .)
Lastly, what are some other good tunes on the label to look for? Captain has a few Horace Martin and Bobby Melody tunes on his website (Saturday Night Jamboree, I'll Take You Back Home, and Africa Is Calling from the former, Cheer Up and Drewsland Rock from the latter) - what else is worth seeking out?[/url]