Dr. Alimantado – Best Dressed Chicken In Town [1978]

Dr. Alimantado - Best Dressed Chicken In Town

Possibly one of the greatest album covers of all time, in any genre. And undoubtedly one of the strangest titles for an album. I can’t think of any recording artist on the planet who could better this. If album art is supposed to represent the artist and make you want to buy the album – then this breaks every rule. On paper, everything is wrong – the title of the record, Alimantado shambling down a Jamaican street, top off and jacket over his shoulder, old knee-length shorts offset with a pair of slip-on leather shoes (one of which is falling off)……and a wide open fly revealing most his underwear, yet somehow it all looks awesome. I challenge anyone try to pull off this look, you’ll fail.

Can the actual album live up to such an incredible record sleeve? The answer is a resounding yes. This is one of my favorite albums of all time, and it’s charm and magic never wears off.

“Best Dressed Chicken in Town” was the debut album by Dr. Alimantado and it was first released in 1978. The album collects together most of Dr. Alimantado’s singles between 1972 to 1977 (many of which are engineered by Lee “Scratch” Perry, King Tubby, and Scientist.

The album managed to quickly transcend the genre and was a huge hit with reggae fans and with punk fans alike. The album was described by The Independent as “one of the finest albums from reggae’s golden age”.

Track Listing:
1. Best Dressed Chicken In Town
2. Just The Other Day
3. Poison Flour
4. Gimmie Mi Gun
5. I Killed The Barber
6. Unitone Skank
7. Can’t Conquer Natty Dreadlocks
8. Ride On
9. Plead I Cause
10. I Shall Fear No Evil

Basically the bottom line is you need this album, whether you are a reggae fan or not. Trust me. Let this strange and wonderful record into your life or give it a permanent space on your iPod – it’s recently been re-mastered and is usually still pretty easy to find at a reasonable price.

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Dr. Alimantado – Man Next Door / Poison Flour (Live Video)

An amazing video of Dr. Alimantado peforming Man Next Door / Poison Flour with his “Experience” band live in Belgium.

There is a funny intro when Alimantado talks to the crowd about the cover of his album “Best Dressed Chicken In Town” and comments about the shorts without a zip.

This will surely put a smile on your face: