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Give and Take: The Best of the Pioneers

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The Pioneers 12/1/2003

Review

Though they remain well-known only to reggae fanatics, the Pioneers were, without doubt, one of the three or four most important and influential of the late rocksteady and early reggae vocal trios. Their two songs about the ill-fated racehorse Long Shot (titled "Long Shot Bus' Me Bet" and "Long Shot Kick de Bucket") are acknowledged classics of the genre, and "Time Hard" has been covered by just about every second and third wave ska band in existence. The Beat (known in the U.S. as the English Beat) ended their debut album with a fine version of the Pioneers' "Jackpot." But the Pioneers really hit their stride with later material, much of which was quite poppy and soul-influenced. Their version of Jimmy Cliff's "Let Your Yeah Be Yeah," which leads off this program, is one of the most thrilling reggae recordings ever committed to vinyl, and their rockish arrangement (complete with horns and strings) of Sam & Dave's "You Don't Know Like I Know" is almost as good. Their adaptations of "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)" and "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" are less inspired, but still worth hearing. Give and Take is an excellent place to start your exploration of this band's catalog. ~ Rick Anderson
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Let Your Yeah Be Yeah The Pioneers 3:5
  3. 2 Long Shot The Pioneers 2:43
  4. 3 Long Shot Kick de Bucket The Pioneers 2:46
  5. 4 Starvation The Pioneers 2:21
  6. 5 Time Hard (Aka Everyday) The Pioneers 2:29
  7. 6 Jackpot The Pioneers 3:5
  8. 7 Battle of the Giants The Pioneers 1:56
  9. 8 Samfie Man The Pioneers 2:56
  10. 9 You Don't Know Like I Know The Pioneers 3:1
  11. 10 Give Me a Little Loving The Pioneers 2:44
  12. 11 I Need Your Sweet Inspiration The Pioneers 2:40
  13. 12 Ali Button The Pioneers 2:35
  14. 13 I Believe in Love The Pioneers 2:31
  15. 14 Black Bud The Pioneers 2:14
  16. 15 Reggae Fever The Pioneers 2:49
  17. 16 Get Ready The Pioneers 2:40
  18. 17 Easy Come Easy Go The Pioneers 2:45
  19. 18 Papa Was a Rolling Stone The Pioneers 4:47
  20. 19 Poor Rameses The Pioneers 2:30
  21. 20 Pusher Man The Pioneers 2:44
  22. 21 Na Na The Pioneers 2:18
  23. 22 Simmer Down Quashie The Pioneers 1:44
  24. 23 Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye) The Pioneers 3:7
  25. 24 Shake It Up The Pioneers 2:12
  26. 25 Give and Take The Pioneers 2:18

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