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Boomkat Product Review:
The excellent Numero label continues in its probing of the wider American funk archives with this portrait of Freeport, Grand Bahama's estimable soul scene. Part-time bartender/barber and recent divorcee Frank Penn escaped his native Nassau in favour of the less crowded climes of Grand Bahama eventually setting up the influential GBI studio and record label. Among the gems culled from the GBI back-catalogue for this release are the storming 'I am The Man For You Baby' by Jay Mitchell & The Mitchellites, Penn's own civil rights anthem 'Gimme Some Skin' and The Mustangs's reggae tinged 'The Time For Loving Is Now'. Included in the extensive liner notes you'll see the sleeve artwork for The Mustangs' album On Tha Rocks, which sees the band... sitting on some rocks. Brilliant. There are a couple of well-known numbers reinterpreted by the GBI crew collected here, incvluding Ozzie Hall's easy jazz rendition of 'Take Five' and Esquires LTD's version of the 'Theme From Shaft', which is administered with a playful sense of glee.