Mike Dorane ‎– Reggae Time

Rockers Records ‎– RRLP 3
Vinyl, LP, Album

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A1 Reggae Time
Written-By – Dorane*
A2 Never, Never, Never
Written-By – Newell*, Tony Renis
A3 Tonight
Written-By – Holt*
A4 Loving You Girl
Written-By – Dorane*
A5 Got To Find My Baby
Written-By – Dorane*
A6 Stop In The Name Of Love
Written-By – Holland / Dozier / Holland*
B1 We Gotta Know You
Written-By – Dorane*
B2 Absence
Written-By – Henry*, Dorane*
B3 You Gotta Change
Written-By – Dorane*
B4 Shame, Shame, Shame
Written-By – Dorane*
B5 Medley
B5.1 Your Love Keeps Lifting Us Higher And Higher
Written-By – Smith*, Jackson*, Miner*
B5.2 Stand By Me
Written-By – B. King*, J. Leiber*, M. Stoller*
B5.3 Don't Play That Song
Written-By – Ertegun*, Nelson*
B6 Let's Stay Together
Written-By – Green*, Jackson*, Mitchell*

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September 25, 2017
someone needs to upload the track "Absence", this one stands out above all the others for me at least


November 8, 2016

Obscure reggae gem alert!

Mike Dorane - "Reggae Time" on Rockers

Mike Dorane is a bit of an unknown for most, even amongst reggae enthusiast. Despite being extremely talented, he never quite managed to get a breakthrough. His name has come into DJ circles recently due to a piano-driven slab of instrumental reggae funk fusion he recorded with the Cimarons in 1972 called "Penguin Funk". This track pops up on compilations and is a highly sought after 45 for those wanting to drop something a little different into their spin set.

Dorane is a multi-instrumentalist and singer who was born in the US of mixed parentage (Native American and Jamaican). He played with a modestly successful soul band in Germany before moving to the UK in the early 70s and working as a session musician for Pama records amongst others. He released several singles under his name throughout the 70s, but as far as I know this is his only LP and it rarely shows up.

In Stevie Wonder fashion, Dorane plays nearly all of the instruments on this LP, a fact made all the more remarkable by the absolute cohesiveness of the record - it never once comes across as a single guy in the studio just overdubbing parts with himself. His playing and singing are superb throughout, and the songs and production match in quality. His production has unique flavor and it sets this record apart from many other UK releases of the era. His soul music credentials are obvious from the outset, with the funky reggae amalgamation of the title track providing a perfect example - Dorane's falsetto soars over a chanting chorus and a tough groove driven by the popular "flying cymbals" style beat. This track and the dark and sultry "You Gotta Change" are two of the only three links I was able to find from the LP. As was standard with many reggae albums of the period, there are a handful of soul covers, notably here in the form of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" and a fantastic reading of the Supreme's "Stop In The Name of Love", which I have also included a link for. He also does a medley which features Jackie Wilson's "Higher and Higher", and Ben E. King's "Stand By Me", while "Got to Find My Baby" isn't reggae at all, but instead shows Dorane in straight up soul mode.

This is a first rate LP and honestly I'm not sure why it isn't more well known. Mike Dorane remains one of many many reggae artist who still unjustly languish in obscurity. I hope this review is at least a tiny step towards remedying that.