Beginning Of The End, Fishman (RSD 2018)  
Beginning Of The End
Fishman (RSD 2018)
EUR 12inch 
Label: Strut
Release Year: 2018
Style: Funk & Soul
 
  Tracks  
  Fishman (RSD 2018)  
  A1. FISHMAN (Full Length version) 11.51
B1. FUNKY NASSAU (Full Length Edit) 5.05
B2. FISHMAN (Original 45 version) 3.01
 
  Strut presents an exclusive release for Record Store Day, an 11-minute previously unreleased version of folk-soul gem ‘Fishman’ from 1972 by legendary Caribbean funk band The Beginning Of The End.

Strut presents an exclusive release for Record Store Day, an 11-minute previously unreleased version of folk-soul gem ‘Fishman’ from 1972 by legendary Caribbean funk band The Beginning Of The End. Unearthed recently from the band’s tape archives, ‘Fishman’ paints a warm picture of life in Nassau. As The Beginning Of The End’s bandleader Ray Munnings remembers, “There was this guy that would walk through the streets early morning – you’d hear him calling ‘Fishmaaan, Fishmaaan!’ He had the catch, fresh from the boats so you could buy grouper, goggle eye and snapper there on your doorstep. The song is a nice way of remembering that slice of island culture from the early ‘70s.”
This newly unearthed version builds from the 45 version, with the band solo-ing and jamming freely: “it’s great to hear this version after 55 years,” Munnings continues, “we would always stretch out in the studio. We were a tight unit with my two brothers and I at its heart. We just naturally played long during our sessions and it’s great to hear the end part here too – we just started talking together, laughing about cooking up
some conk stew!”
This new release features the rediscovered full length version and the 45 version, originally released as a B-side to ‘Doin’ The Funky Do’. It also includes the in-demand full length edit of the band’s rare groove classic, ‘Funky Nassau’ built from the Part 1 and Part 2 versions. ‘Fishman’ is released on Strut on Record Store Day (21st April 2018) featuring a strong new cover design by Bethany Porteous. All tracks are remastered from the original reel to reel tapes by Peter Beckmann at Technology Works.

KEY POINTS:
- First ever release of extended 11-minute version of The Beginning Of The End’s ‘Fishman’
- Includes in-demand full length edit of the band’s rare groove classic ‘Funky Nassau’
- remastered from original tapes by Peter Beckmann at Technology Works
- Release previews full Beginning Of The End reissue programme during 2018
 
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