RECORD SCORE: Freeport City Sound – Old Man Times LP (1971)

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It’s not very often that I stumble upon a record like this that looks and sounds so interesting, especially for a buck.  People say that you shouldn’t judge a book (or in this case a record) by it’s cover.  But that pretty difficult when the cover looks like this!  The photo on the front is amazing as are the typographical errors and the incorrect track listing on the back.  And if all that wasn’t enough, the cover appears to be autographed by the bass player/lead signer, Bill Humes!

According to Discogs, Old Man Times by Freeport City Sound has a release date of 1971 on a private press label, FSC Productions.  The music is a blend of funk, soul, reggae and island/calypso.  The style varies greatly from track to track.  The highlight for me BY FAR is their take on Paul Simon’s “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover“.  It’s incredible and I can’t stop listening to it.  There’s kind of a deep soul groove on the verses which switches nicely to reggae for the chorus.  My jam-of-the-week for sure.  Check it out!

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