Archive for February, 2013

Lone Ranger – On The Other Side Of Dub (1977)

Posted in Coxsone Dodd, DJ, Dub, Lone Ranger, Studio One with tags , , , , on February 24, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“One of the first and finest of the dancehall toasters, Lone Ranger came to prominence in the early ’80s with a series of hits sporting vintage Studio One rhythms from the rocksteady and early reggae eras (this, of course, was a practice followed by a majority of dancehall singers and DJs during the first half of the ’80s). Hooking up with producer Clement ‘Coxsone’ Dodd, Lone Ranger cut this debut for Dodd’s Studio One label in 1981. Featuring the big dancehall smash “Barnabus Collins” (this homage to the most popular vampire of the ’60s features the well-traveled rhythm from Slim Smith’s late-’60s hit, “My Conversation”), On the Other Side of Dub finds the masked man in his inimitable bimming and ribbiting mode, deftly tossing off phrases full of wit and social observations. With regard to the dub end of things alluded to in the title, the album features a handful of dub versions of the toasts Lone Ranger delivers in the first half of the set. A tasty slice of early dancehall mike work.”

YouTube: Noah In The Ark, Apprentice Dentist, Natty Dread On The Go, Barnabas Collins, Dub A Natty Dread, Screw Gone A North Coast & Junior Screw (with Sound Dimension)

I Need a Roof – The Mighty Diamonds (1979)

Posted in Channel One, Dub, JoJo Hookim, Marcus Garvey, Mighty Diamonds, U-Roy with tags , , , , , on February 23, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“A patchwork quilt of a song, but one so skillfully stitched together that the result is a flowing blanket of great beauty. The Revolutionaries lay down a rockers-style accompaniment, even as the brass section solos with ‘Ol’ Man River.’ That wouldn’t be so odd if the Mighty Diamonds weren’t at the same time refraining parts of the melody from ‘Right Time.’ Donald ‘Tabby’ Shaw is praying for a roof over his head and bread on his table, recalling Marcus Garvey’s words along the way. The lyrics are simple, but Shaw’s impassioned delivery and Fitzroy ‘Bunny’ Simpson and Lloyd ‘Judge’ Ferguson’s ephemeral harmonies imbue the song with soul. Producer JoJo Hookim pulls it all together, and the result is a melody-drenched, bouncy yet moody single that was another major Jamaican hit for the group from 1975. Although not released as a single in the U.K., it was bundled onto the group’s debut album the following year.”
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YouTube: I Need A Roof b/w Version, U Roy Feat The Mighty Diamonds – I Need A Roof (2001)

Clue J & His Blues Blasters – Pine Juice / Little Willie (1961)

Posted in Clue J & His Blues Blasters, Coxsone Dodd, Ska with tags , , on February 23, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

YouTube: Pine Juice, Little Willie

Hugh Mundell – Blackman’s Foundation (1983)

Posted in Augustus Pablo, Channel One, Hugh Mundell, King Tubby with tags , , , on February 20, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Many reggae fans have long been aware that the tragic death of singer Hugh Mundell at age 21, severed what promised to be a highly successful career. Under the great Augustus Pablo and on his own, Mundell recorded a small, but impressive body of roots material beginning when he was in his early teens. Though the greatest triumph of his five years in music was undoubtedly the 1978 set Africa Must Be Free By 1983, his subsequent releases were nearly as stunning. Shanachie’s Blackman’s Foundation selects five tracks from Time and Place (1981), adding four cuts from the same period. Mundell’s voice is already deeply expressive at this very young age, and his lyrics carry a series of heavyweight reality themes. The rhythms are equally solid and include a handful of Pablo’s best-loved Rockers-style creations.”

YouTube: Stop Them Jah/Blackman’s Foundation, 12-inch, Great Tribulation, Hugh Mundell & Jah Bull – Blackman’s Foundation / Push Dawta Push – Reggae Roots, Don’t Stay Away, One Jah, One Aim, One Destiny, Rastafari’s Call

John Holt – Tribal War / Version (1978)

Posted in Channel One, Dub, John Holt with tags on February 18, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

John Holt’s version of the Little Roy classic. Ace 70’s Channel One business.
YouTube: Tribal War / Version

Gussie Presenting I-Roy (1973)

Posted in DJ, Dub, I-Roy with tags , , on February 16, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“In reality, by the time Gussie Presenting I-Roy arrived, the DJ needed no introduction — he was already one of the hottest toasters on the scene. This, his debut album, was virtually a hits collection, and any tracks that weren’t hits would be soon enough. Initially seen as little more than copying his bigger brethren, I-Roy had swiftly developed into a mature and distinctive talent. His conversational style was far removed from his contemporaries, as his powerful toast on ‘Black Man’s Time’ perfectly illustrated. That song is the album’s centerpiece, and was produced by Gussie Clarke. Built around the ‘Slaving’ rhythm, it opened with a long spoken intro, unique at the time. …”

YouTube: Peace – (Presenting I Roy) , Red Gold & Green, Black Man Time, Smile like an angel, Screw Face, The First Cut Is The Deepest, Tourism Is My Business, Tripe Girl, Cow Town Skank, Lloyd parks – slaving + version extended

The Ethiopians – Train to Skaville (1967)

Posted in Ska, The Ethiopians with tags , on February 15, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

YouTube: Train to Skaville