The Goldmaster Allstars have become a force to be reckoned with on the UK & World music scene backing and supporting some of our top reggae and ska names; Greats including Alton Ellis, Michael Prophet, The Pioneers, Dennis Alcapone, Dave Barker, Tena Stelin, Owen Gray, Winston Francis, Winston Reedy, AJ Franklin. Consequently the list of memorable gigs the have been part of grows annually.
Flea magazine reports — ‘Ska! Whether you are an aficionado of this up tempo Jamaican music or if you are listening to Ska for the first time, experiencing The Goldmaster Allstars cannot help but put a smile on your face. Harking back to the origins of the Ska sound with a blistering 4 piece horn section, a stand up bass and a dude of a percussionist, the band have developed their very own style which I can only encourage you to experience. Summer’s coming, which is a perfect time to listen to this music and the band tour extensively, so it is very unlikely you will have an excuse not to go see them.
I did and I loved it.’ The band is kept strong because it is run as a co-operative and founder, Malcolm say’s ‘this is the way it works best for us; no one person make’s the decisions. The whole band has a family vibe, we don’t feel we are just making music, we feel we are making a piece of history’.
In March 2013 they were bestowed with the title of BRIA Best British Reggae Band 2013 which was followed recently with two tracks from the Colt 45 Live album -‘El Paso’ & ‘Colt45’- being given national airplay & played in the BBC 1xtra Echo Chamber by none other than David Rodigan MBE.
The Goldmaster Allstars have collaborated with a number of songwriters for example GT Moore, Charlie P, Dane Glasby and Gary James, all of whom have added their own flavour to the cake that is Goldmaster. Another recent project saw the band writing and recording in their Essex studio with a Leigh based singer, ’90s chart topper Maria Nayler. Maria over the years has been a prominent singer/songwriter recording with some of the best artists and dance dj’s such as Sasha, Robert Mile, Tilt and Ferry Corsten and so the band went on to complete their third album, their first with Maria entitled Crossroads which is available on itunes + local stockists.
Then the Goldmaster train hooked up for that long awaited GT Moore collaboration on an album entitled ‘Alpha’. it contains tracks that were performed by GT Moore and the Allstars at many venues around the UK and Belgium, which was a great inspiration & is also now available at local stockists + itunes.
Further releases from the Goldmaster Allstars have been our Ska Instrumental ‘Colt 45 Live’. The band recorded the album during 2012 & it went on to be released in March 2013 in Germany and distributed in Europe by Broken Silence Records. Also available to buy over here on our website or itunes but a must for your CD collection.
Other releases available are a series of 10 inch vinyls -including one pressed on Goldmaster Records with Alton Ellis- plus a further four pieces of vinyl produced and manufactured by the new British record label Muzic City. Then the final mention has to be the 12 inch from Goldmaster with Youthman International. There are exclusively only 500 pressings of Goldmaster classic roots tunes, old and new. The first set of releases are available now with plenty more to come!
The Goldmaster Allstars Were featured in the original Skamouth line up in October 2013 when they played their own set in the Regency Room followed by their set as the backing band for Dave Barker.