mark b wrote:
Cant agree with this though:
. It’s called ‘Hugh Mundell Live at The Stone’ and it’s pretty good. The only thing was, the local band I hired to back him up just wasn’t up to the level of Mundell’s singing, I don’t think they took enough time to learn his songs./quote]
Thought the band were great,amazing vibe ,, can hear melodica blowing during "Feeling Alright" One of the best gigs of any genre.
Believe Penny Reel also interviewed him,unpublished?
You are spot on. Reel interviewed him for a piece that appeared in the November 8, 1980 issue of Black Echoes.
I really appreciate the kind words about the story. It took more than a year to get this story straight and there were a lot of disappointments. Mundell's family had agreed to be involved, we even discussed a book, but they pulled at the last minute. I got word from his sister though. She read it and loved it and now I'm doing a Skype thing with her to add a bunch of personal memories. That is what's great about web publishing. It's a living document that will evolve over time.
A lot of stories that I had to leave out too. It was just getting too wordy. Like Doctor Dread told me that he inked a distribution deal with Mundell & Pablo the day before Mundell was killed.It almost didn't happen because Mundell was hours late meeting him. Based on that deal, RAS would go on to distribute Africa Must Be Free + Dub all over the world, throughout Europe, Asia, South America. So maybe that album would not be as well known as it is today had that meeting not gone off.
Also, there were a lot of rumors coming in from folks that Mundell was a mess in Oakland when Jerry Stein brought him up in 1981. Alcohol, drugs. I could not confirm this with anyone. I pushed Jerry Stein hard on it and he still swears that it never happened. Doug Wendt, who produced and promoted the show at Berkeley where Mundell played with the Wailers and Wailing Souls, also told me that Mundell was in fine shape and that his performance was stellar. Too bad he botched the taping! I love Doug though. He's done so much to forward reggae in the US.