Wednesday, July 20, 2011

sureshot symphony solution featuring the mighty pope-mr. fortune & fame (2011)


“Mr. Fortune & Fame” b/w “Mr. Fame” (Instrumental)
7” vinyl (500 copy private press)
Digital Download (iTunes)

The Mighty Pope is Canada’s first major label soul artist and black music pioneer who migrated from Jamaica to Toronto in 1966. He quickly lit up the local music community fronting underground legends The Sheiks, Frank Motley's Hitch-Hikers (where he replaced notorious R&B singer Jackie Shane), and later as a solo act. Embraced by the UK Northern Soul scene (“If You Want A Love Affair”) and championed internationally by both deep funk and disco DJs for his work with the likes of David Van dePitte (Marvin Gaye-What’s Going On) and Gino Soccio, his career was revived by the Seattle-based Light In The Attic Records Jamaica-Toronto reissue series (2004-2008) that saw Pope return to live action after a lengthy absence from the spotlight. Meeting US producer/DJ Sureshot Symphony (The Sharpshooters) in 2007 over jerk chicken and Canadian beer at the second Jamaica to Toronto concert, it took three years for the pair to realize their goal of recording together, bridging cultures, generations, and geography in the process. Captured in San Francisco, “Mr. Fortune & Fame” combines powerful vocals, raw instrumentation, and Sureshot’s ruff and rugged drums to crucial effect, a modern day funk scorcher privately pressed on vinyl 7” (limited to 500 copies, also available on iTunes) for DJs, music lovers, open-minded radio programmers, and cultural media outlet advisors. Don’t miss this chance to dance with “Mr. Fortune & Fame”! Remember, this is a grassroots affair made with love. We need your help in spreading the good word.

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  1. update: i am still friends w/ pope. we call it family. though the past is the past and the past was often a blast, shot is now dead to us... BIG lesson learned. to note, anything released w/ pope vocals by shane hunt after this title was issued (including the excelsiors LP on BBE, SMH records 7" set, and whatever else gets tossed out somewhere down the line) was done w/o the support and blessing of the mighty pope SEEN