Classics: Light Of The World – London Town (Ensign)
An ode to… London Town? And how could it be different when thinking of the fascinating side of the capital of Britain! A city which stands among the highlights in the evolution of music along with New York City and Tokyo.
Hard to believe the Olympic Committee didn’t think of it as their Anthem for the Games back in 2012, as a matter of fact…
‘London Town’ brings us back to the foundations of the British Jazz/Funk. And, in the meantime, to what would establish the Brits with no equal in the evolution of the groove. With acts such as Shakatak, Loose Ends, Soul II Soul or Incognito among many others!
‘London Town’ stands most likely as the most famous cut by the likes of Light Of The World. A group which appeared back at the end of the 70’s, takin’ their name from Kool & The Gang‘s 1974 album ‘Light Of Worlds’. But also a collective of talents who would soon after give birth to Beggar & Co (‘(Somebody) Help Me Out’) and Incognito.
Just like the infectious ‘Time’, the ultra smooth ‘London Town’ is taken from their second album – ‘Round Trip’ – released back in 1980. It got produced by Augie Johnson (Side Effect) and featured Victor Feldman on vibraphone. Japanese songstress Yasuko Agawa gave it more of an extrapolation than a cover version – ‘L.A. NIght’ – a couple of years after, along with the latter.
Light Of The World saw the light in the late 70’s. Among their members, Paul ‘Tubbs’ Williams and Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick who gave birth to Incognito. Peter Hinds who, as well, joined Incognito but also became a member of Atmosfear before becoming the producer of The Chimes. Not to mention David Baptiste who, along with Kenny Wellington and Neville McKrieth, gave shape to Beggar & Co.
LOTW released a total of 5 albums, although under different line-ups between 1979 and 1999. They most likely reached their peak with their ‘Time’ album back in 1980. Featuring tracks such as its title cut, ‘London Town’ and their cover version of Bob Marley‘s ‘I Shot The Sheriff’.
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