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12 Jamming tracks displaying the group's talent & love for Ska, Reggae, Rock-Steady and Dub music and sprinkled with hammond organ, an array of horns and extremely soulful lyrics.
Genre: World: Reggae
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Criminals
4:10 $0.99
2. Garcia Y Vega
2:25 $0.99
3. Chaos
3:47 $0.99
4. Change Of Mood
2:42 $0.99
5. Left With A Broken Heart
2:57 $0.99
6. Can I Get A Dub
4:21 $0.99
7. Fortune Teller
4:20 $0.99
8. Off And On Lovin'
4:09 $0.99
9. False Prophecies
3:01 $0.99
10. Tribute To Tommy & Roland
4:02 $0.99
11. From My Eyes
2:46 $0.99
12. Winter Dub
3:46 $0.99
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Album Notes
Spawning out of the depths of the recent Reggae/Soul rebirth , The Debonaires are more than a band. They are an eclectic movement of ENERGY and REBELIOUSNESS. An evolution has occurred since the collective of musicians came together in Riverside, California 1995! Built of a rough & tuff rhythm section, blistering horn section, and the uncompromisingly unique vocalist, Kip Wirtzfeld. The Debonaires have respectfully shared the stage with reggae legends The Skatalites, Desmond Dekker, Laurel Aitken, Justin Hinds, Rico Rodriguez and the late & beautiful Phyllis Dillon. To date, they have released three full-length albums, "Groovin' After Sundown" and "self titled" on Rivercidal Records. They appeared on numerous compilations and have finished two recent national tours. The Debonaires credit numerous influential players of past times and diverse genres: Miles Davis, Otis Redding, Curtis Mayfield, Mos DEF, Charlie Parker, Herbie Hancock, Jackie Mittoo, Marvin Gaye, The Upsetters, King Tubby, Ernest Ranglin, Steel Pulse, The Meters, Tommy McCook, Don Drummond, Ocean 11, Winston Wright, & all other forms of rebel music out of respect and appreciation for such individuals, the Debonaires endeavor to produce music of quality and substance, true to its influential origins.

The Debonaires bring the sounds of the Caribbean to your headphones with startling authenticity and strikingly superb musicianship, as this nine-piece band hailing from California's latest CD aptly showcase on DEBONAIRES. Containing 12 jamming tracks displaying the group's love for traditional island music and sprinkled with Hammond organ and an array of horns, songs like "Off and On Lovin'" and "Garcia Y Vega" are the perfect antidote to end a long winter's day, while the soulful delivery of tracks such as "From My Eyes" and "Left With a Broken Heart" evoke the memories of Motown favorites in addition to the rhythms of dub and dancehall. Performing the perfect music to plan a vacation from your mind by, The Debonaires portray the musical embodiment of the best island getaway you could imagine without leaving your stereo.



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Kyle H.

Here's what Kyle of Ska Au Go Go had to say about "The Debonaires", debut album.
The long awaited and highly anticipated follow up to 1998's "Groovin' After Sundown" debut features a new and improved Debonaires. Gone is former singer Anthony Greene and in comes Skeletone sax player Kip Wirtzfield to fill the void as well as an extra sax which brings an entirely different feel to their sound. Another thing is they seemed to have strayed from ska all together and settled on a steady mix of skinhead reggae (which they've always played), roots style reggae and dub. The result is a fine reggae album by The Debonaires.

Of the 12 tracks on the album, my favorites would be "Criminal" featuring Kip's belting soulful voice, The Debonaires trademark big horn sound, and a steady rocking reggae rhythm. Ryan Tomazin really rocks the organ on this one and there's some excellent dub effects, including a part in the middle where the entire song drops out into pure drum and bass with nothing but phasing echos coming from seemingly nowhere

A fine offering, far superior to their debut, and I even thought their debut was good. I hope these guys move up in the ska/reggae scene and begin to get the recognition they deserve. Keep up the great work. Can't wait to hear the next one. Kyle of "Ska Au Go Go".