Recorded in 1992 when Hepcat was opening for Desmond Dekker at the Whisky A-Go-Go in Los Angeles. Dave Hillyard found it in his archives, and we worked with him to restore it. It truly is a special find, and a privilege to hear these guys when they were just starting their career. So check it out, download, and feel the Hepcat love.
Greg Lee - Vocals
Alex Desert - Vocals
Deston Berry - Vocals, Keyboards
Greg Narvas - Drums
Dave Fuentes - Bass
Dennis Wilson - Guitar
Raul Talavera - Alto Saxophone, Percussion
Dave Hillyard - Tenor Saxophone
2011 digital version produced by Dave Hillyard & Alan Redpath
Hepcat is a ska and reggae band formed in southern California in 1989.
Their soulful harmonies and mellow rhythms were unlike those of contemporaries and more akin to musicians from the heyday of 1960s Jamaican ska, also referred to as the first wave.
The term "Hepcat" originates from an early slang term (1930?35) pertaining to an admirer or devotee of jazz, esp. swing, or one that was "hep", or a hipster. The band is actually named after a cat once owned by vocalist Alex Desert, named "Hep."