First Cut: Joe

First Cut Friday is back in full effect. One of our favorite producers is Joe “The Boss” Mansano. Although he was far from a prolific producer he generally only put out quality cuts. His Joe label is one of those labels that isn’t sought after simply for being a rarity to come across, the man put out some serious gold with regularity. And his Brixton Cat LP, which compiled a number of his finer productions, is a highly sought after prize for any collector. Although this particular track comes with a matrix stamp DU-24, as far as anyone has records this was the first 45 put out on the label. Indicative of what was to come. Mansano used Rico Rodriguez quite a bit so it’s only fitting the first record he puts out on his own label features the man doing his thing. Another fine start to a classic label.

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