Archive for April, 2013

I’m In the Mood For Love – I Roy & The Heptones (1972)

Posted in I-Roy, Ska, The Heptones with tags , , on April 30, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

YouTube: I’m In the Mood For Love – I Roy & The Heptones

Various Artists – Channel One Dubs 1974 – 79 (2001)

Posted in Channel One, Dub, King Tubby, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Revolutionaries, Robbie Shakespeare, Sly Dunbar, The Aggrovators with tags , , , , , , on April 28, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“The kind of material on Maxfield Avenue Breakdown, recorded from 1974-1979 by the Revolutionaries with Ernest and JoJo Hookim at the Channel One studio controls, may lack the pure sonic invention of a Lee Perry or King Tubby, but it played an equally crucial role in the development of dub. Jamaican recordings from this era introduced the rockers style driven by Robbie Shakespeare’s throbbing bass and Sly Dunbar’s echoed rim-shot clicks and explosive snare shots, which became a fundamental definition of roots reggae. Over that fresh drum and bass foundation, the Hookims keep their dub easy to digest by retaining most of the original song structures and mutating one element at a time.”

YouTube: 1) Woman Is Like A Shadow, 2) King Of The Minstrels, 3) Have Mercy Version, 1) Ragnampaiza Version, 2) Speak Easy, 3) Natty A General Version

King Tubby Meets The Aggrovators At Dub Station (1975)

Posted in Dub, King Tubby, The Aggrovators, Tommy McCook with tags , , , on April 26, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“First issued in 1975, this album pits Tommy McCook’s wonderful melodies against the mixing skill of King Tubby, the legendary creator of Dub. Recorded at a time when both McCook and Tubby were at the Pinnacle f their powers, the result unsurprisingly is a seminal collection that is now widely acknowledged as one fo the finest dub collections ever to see issue. For this CD release, the original tracklisting has been augmented by numerous rare bonus tracks from the era, culminating in what is undoubtedly one of the most eagerly awaited Reggae re-releases of recent years.”

YouTube: King Tubby Meets The Aggrovators At Dub Station

Scientist – Scientific Dub (1981)

Posted in Clocktower Records, Dub, King Tubby, Scientist with tags , , , on April 25, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Stone cold classic Dub LP, faithfully reissued by Clocktower Records. If there was ever a time to judge a record by its cover, this is it. Lurking behind the kinetic cover art is an LP of truly seminal provenance; ten tracks tweaked, nudged and carved up by the legendary, one-of-a-kind producer Scientist at King Tubby’s studio in 1981. You’re best ignoring the ‘Executive Producer credits to Clocktower label owner Brad Osbourne, ‘coz it’s quite obvious whose hands are at work on these mighty takes of ‘Satta Dread Dub’, ‘Drum Song Dub’, Taxi To Baltimore Dub’, the mystical ‘Blacka Shade Of Dub’ and the cavernous ‘Just Say Dub… Who’. Essential purchase, no doubt.”

“Overton Brown was only 16 years old when producer/performer Errol ‘Don’ Mais discovered and used the considerable talents of this adolescent dub whiz. Born in Kingston in 1960, the Scientist learned basic electronics from his TV repairman father, skills that made him very popular with the mobile DJs and their not-always-functioning sound systems. A friend suggested he visit the legendary dub producer/mixer King Tubby, not to remix records, but to get some transformers by which Scientist could build his own amplifiers.”

YouTube: Scientific Dub. 1. Drum Song Dub 2. Keep a Good Dub Rubbing 3. Taxi To Baltimore Dub 4. Satta Dread Dub 5. Every Dub Shall Scrub 6. Black a Shade Of Dub 7. Bad Days Dub 8. East Of Scientist Corner (II Pieces) 9. Just Say Dub… Who 10. Words Of Dub

Prince Buster – Madness (1964)

Posted in Blue Beat Records, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Prince Buster, Ska with tags , , , on April 25, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Prince Buster initially began composing this haunting classic while on his first tour of Britain back in 1964. Three years later, he would complete it, turning the song into a rocksteady classic. It’s unusual lyrical format — a letter to a friend — was borrowed from the literary world, and this was a favored writing device of Jamaican poets. However, Buster gives it all a twist, because he’s not writing to the living, but to the dead, enquiring after departed friends and acquaintances, and sending messages to his many late mates. It’s all set to an appropriately atmospheric melody, with Lee Perry providing the ghostly backing vocal and the interjected ‘ah, duppies’ (ghosts).”
YouTube: Madness, Ghost Dance

The Singles Collection: Anthology 1968-1979 – Lee “Scratch” Perry

Posted in Black Ark, Lee "Scratch" Perry with tags , on April 22, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“While he just seems to make his own music these days, this exceptional collection acts as a reminder that Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s reputation was partly established as a producer of reggae songs, one who helped push the music through its early years. He was largely responsible for making the Wailers into a band that could go on and conquer the world (just listen to ‘Duppy Conqueror’ or ‘Small Axe’ to understand how he helped them develop), but his work with so many other artists was impeccable — and often very individual, such as the classic ‘Curly Locks’ with Junior Byles. It’s also worth remembering that Perry had a golden touch — most of these singles were Jamaican hits, even the acerbic and hilarious ‘People Funny Boy,’ which featured himself (as well as the sound of a crying baby). Indeed, 1968-1979 was his truly fertile period, when he established his Black Ark studio (which he burned down in 1980), helped birth the sonic genre of dub, and shape the sound of roots reggae, while keeping it very much within the overall realm of pop music — witness the Melodians’ ‘Round and Round.’ Even his own, strange material, like ‘Bush Weed,’ had an appeal. While it’s a shame that some of his best work, like Junior Murvin’s ‘Police and Thieves’ or his glowing productions for the Congos (which many deem his finest work behind the board) isn’t included, there’s enough here to make it a perfect primer, not just on Perry, but on Jamaican music in the 1970s.”

YouTube: LEE PERRY – PEOPLE FUNNY BOY, The Upsetters – Dollar In The Teeth, Bob Marley – Duppy Conqueror (Live), Junior Byles – A Place Called Africa, Little Roy – Don’t Cross The Nation, The Upsetters – French Connection, Leo Graham – Black Candle, Bob Marley – Keep On Skanking, Woman’s Gotta Have It – Bobby Womack, Brent Dowe – Down Here in Babylon

Stranger Cole – Rough & Tough, Baba Brooks – Country Town (1962)

Posted in Duke Reid, Eric Morris, Ska, Stranger Cole with tags , , , on April 18, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Stranger Cole had already penned one hit, Eric ‘Monty’ Morris’ ‘In and out the Window,’ before producer Duke Reid gave him a shot at recording his own songs. Rough and Tough was one of the first the singer cut, assuming he had actually written it. There are conflicting stories about this number. One entertaining tale credits the lyrics to Lee Perry, who was incensed when Reid handed it to the untried Cole to sing. When he complained, the producer settled the matter with his fist. Cole, however, begged to differ and insisted he composed the song himself in response to his girlfriend flirting with another man. In any event, it’s a tough little number, although the suave teen, sounding older than his years, delivers the devastating lyrics with a nonchalant flair that’s all the more insulting. Duke Reid’s All Stars, comprised from an aggregate of future Skatalites, lay down a suitably punchy rhythm, all jumped-up beats, pushy harmonica, and strident trumpet, courtesy of Baba Brooks. Released in 1962, ‘Rough’ tussled its way to the top of the Jamaican chart and fought off all contenders for months thereafter. Stranger Cole was a stranger no longer to his island home.”

Soundcloud: “Rough and Tough” Stranger Cole (Duke Reid)” (Video)

YouTube: Rough & Tough, Baba Brooks – Country Town