Stranger is back!
Is back with a brand new album recorded with german band The Steadytones, entitled 'More Life'. The album features 6 new songs with the unique and particular Stranger Cole's touch, fed by many different musical influences that makes his personal brand.
After years of backing up ‘The Originator of Reggae’ on many European stages here it is, a collaboration between Stranger Cole and the explosive Steadytones from Germany. After locking themselves in with the Grandmaster, they took 6 tracks to the studio to record the Oldschool Reggae album ‘More Life’ featuring originals, arising from the basement sessions, as well Mr. Cole’s beloved tunes from back in the day which he didn't recorded so far!
The ‘Soul Cole’ and the ‘Kraut-Reggae Brothers’ from Bavaria deliver a leg shaking, fresh sounding mix between Traditional 60s SKA and funky reggae, all wrapped up in the Spirit of 69 and played in a soulful manner!
Cole was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1942 and nicknamed "Stranger" by his family, as they considered that he didn't resemble any member of his family.
Successful as a songwriter, writing ‘In And Out The Window’, which was a hit for Eric ‘Monty’ Morris. This success gave him the chance to make his recording debut in 1962, instantly finding success with singles such as ‘Rough And Tough’ and ‘When You Call My Name’ (a duet with Patsy Todd) for producer Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid.
Further success followed with singles for Reid through to the mid-1960s, and he also worked with other producers at this time, including Clement ‘Coxsone’ Dodd (a duet with Ken Boothe on ‘Worlds Fair’), and Prince Buster. Further duets included recordings with Gladstone Anderson (on "Just Like a River") and Hortense Ellis, the tendency to record duets apparently due to his shyness when it came to singing alone.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s he recorded with several producers, including Bunny Lee, Lee ‘Scratch' Perry and Sonia Pottinger. These included further material with Todd as ‘Stranger & Patsy’.
released December 5, 2018
Stranger Cole: lead vocals
Albèrt Akbaba: guitar
Maxi List: guitar, backing vocals
Bernhard Fischer: bass
Flo Strober: drums, backing vocals
Benedikt Horsch: piano, organ
Sebastian Wurzer: saxophone
Kunstantin Zill: trombone
Tobi Voges: backing vocals (tracks: 1,2,6)
Written by The Steadytones and Wilburn Theodore Cole
Recorded by Frans Stummer at Recorded at Silo 1
Mixed by Bernhard Fischer
Mastered by Ludwig Maier at at GKG Mastering
Photography by Peter Joachim