Itals can be considered one of the most
underestimated Vocal Trios of Reggae Music.
Their music is energetic. Yes I, the Itals
are Vitals! And although they sound fresh
and new on this album, the truth is that
founder Keith Porter is doing his works from
the beginnings of the 1960's. This album is
first released in 1981, and it is an
interesting mix between Roots Rockers and
Rub a Dub.
The title track is very catchy. Sometimes
they sound a bit like the Wailing Souls,
another Jamaican Vocal Trio, but vitality is
definitely defining their works, so that you
can not say one or the other is imitating
one another. Most of the works on this CD
are conscious, that means that they deal
with spiritual or social subjects.
According to the liner notes, the Itals
are brethren that do not like to live in the
big city (Like I Messian Dread) but they are
doing their works there and then get back.
This you can really hear.
The music is fresh, it makes you dance.
Sometimes there is really a "live"
feel on this (studio) Album. And the top of
Jamaican Roots and Rub a Dub musicians join
their forces again for this album: names
like Sly and Robbie, Flabba (Holt), Style
(Scott), the fine horn section of (among
others) Tommy Mc Cook, "Deadly"
Headly, and Bobby Ellis.
When you want to listen to some vital
reggae music, you might consider the Itals,
Brutal Out Deh.