Alimantado was born James Winston Thompson in Kingston, 1952. His talent was in deejaying and he listened and learnt from the master and originator of the art, the great U Roy.
While working for many different producers at the beginning of his career, he constantly changed his alias, including the names Winston Prince, Winston Cool and Ital Winston. Despite the fact that none of these records had sold very well, he decided to start his own label and produce by himself. He founded his label Vital Food in 1973, and Dr. Alimantado was born the same year with the release of "Just The Other Day".
"Best Dressed Chicken In Town" is a compilation of the best of the Doc's music from 1973-76, and the title track is the most outstanding track of all on this album. It was recorded by Lee Perry in 1974 in the then new Black Ark Studio. Perry and the Doc used the rhythm track of Horace Andy's "Ain't No Sunshine" and created three minutes of musical madness. The song was put in the meat chopper, echoes and heavy basses were added, and tapes were speeded up and down until the whole thing became a whirlpool of sound.
All of the songs on this album are dub-inflected tracks and prove a potent combination, but this still is an underrated roots masterpiece. The highlights, beside the title track, are "I Killed The Barber", "Poison Flour" and "Gimme Mi Gun". "Best Dressed Chicken In Town" is must for reggae enthusiasts.
01 - Best Dressed Chicken In Town (2:42)
02 - Just The Other Day (3:06)
03 - Poison Flour (2:34)
04 - Gimme Mi Gun (2:57)
05 - I Killed The Barber (3:03)
06 - Unitone Skank (3:30)
07 - Can't Conquer Natty Dreadlocks (3:18)
08 - Ride On (2:44)
09 - Plead I Cause (2:37)
10 - I Shall Fear No Evil (2:18)