Archive for May, 2013

Joe Gibbs

Posted in Dancehall, DJ, Dub, Errol Thompson, Joe Gibbs, Ska with tags , , , , on May 29, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Joe Gibbs born Joel A. Gibson (14 October 1942, Montego Bay — 21 February 2008) was a Jamaican reggae producer. The fast growth of the local music scene encouraged him to get more involved in the music business, and in 1967 he started to record some artists in the back of his shop with a two-track tape machine, working with Lee Perry who had just ended his association with Clement ‘Coxsone’ Dodd. In 1968, with the help of Bunny Lee, he launched his Amalgamated record label, and had his first success with one of the earliest rocksteady songs, Roy Shirley’s ‘Hold Them’.”

“His most consistent hit makers during this period were a vocal trio,the Pioneers and young Errol Dunkley. Throughout the rocksteady era Lyn Taitt and The Jets provided the backbone of the producer’s releases. With the demise of rocksteady, Joe Gibbs ably adapted the development of its successor, reggae. In 1970 he finally made his mark internationally with his production of Love of the common people by Nicky Thomas, which peaked at number 9 in the UK that summer. By this time he had introduced three further labels, Shock, Jogib and Pressure Beat, opened his New York Record Mart at 11 South Parade, Kingston and created his own two track studio at 17 Burns Avenue in the Duhaney Park region of the town.”
Reggae Vibes

Uptown Top Ranking: Joe Gibbs Reggae Productions 1970-78
“Best known in some ways for his important work as rocksteady producer, Joe Gibbs’ résumé also takes in the heady reggae years of the ’70s and even the early days of dancehall. All told, he will go down as one of the most important figures in the music’s history. Complementing his many rocksteady and early reggae compilations already on Trojan, Uptown Top Ranking takes in several of Gibbs popular and critical successes from 1970-1978.”

YouTube: Delroy Wilson – I’m the One Who Loves You, Reggae Boys – The Wicked Must Survive, PRINCE FAR I + ERROL THOMPSON – Same knife + Different dagger, The Mighty Diamonds & Ranking Joe – Just Like A River, Jacob Miller & Little U Brown – Backyard Movements, JOE GIBBS – Queen Majesty riddim Instrumental, Marcia Aitken & Trinity – My Man (Blouse And Skirt), Joe Gibbs – Angola Crisis, Culture – Black Starliner Must Come, Joe Gibbs & Proffesionals – Reincarnation

Errol Dunkley – Movie Star (1974)

Posted in Big Youth, Dub, Errol Dunkley, Gregory Isaacs with tags , , , on May 27, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“In one of those sad twists of fate, today most reggae fans are more familiar with the DJ version of this song, than Errol Dunkley’s impassioned original, thanks to the success of Big Youth’s ‘Every Nigger Is a Star’, which hit big in both Jamaica and the UK. A pity, because Dunkley’s vocal version is absolutely sublime. Not released until 1975, the song was actually cut a few years earlier, back when the singer and Gregory Isaacs were sharing studio time to further the fortune of their newly launched label African Museum. In fact, ‘Movie Star’ was cut at the pair’s first joint session. The smokiest of brass, elegant piano, jangles of lead guitar, bubbly organ, and compulsive rhythm guitar riff, all propelled by the propulsive drums and bass line made this riddim a star, and one which continues to be versioned to this day. But as fabulous as the backing is, it’s the singer that made this song unforgettable, as Dunkley vows his love to his nobody of a girl. Lack of fame or fortune is meaningless to him, and even if her dress sense is equally bereft, he adores her regardless, a sentiment he makes clear with every word he passionately sings. That empowering emotion, the heart-felt, semi-cultural lyrics theme, and the sensational backing all combined into this phenomenal masterpiece. Dunkley released a deluge of stellar singles, this was one of the most crucial.”

YouTube: Errol Dunkley – Movie Star

Scientist – Scientist Meets the Space Invaders (1980)

Posted in Channel One, Dub, King Tubby, Prince Jammy, Scientist with tags , , , , on May 25, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“In addition to boxing fellow engineer Prince Jammy, ridding the world of vampires, and winning the World Cup, Scientist used his early-’80s records to thematically battle computer game foes. But prior to taking on Pac-Man, Scientist first ‘met’ the Space Invaders on this 1981 Greensleeves release. The cosmic theme is well served on ten effects-riddled tracks, with the rockers-style material being littered by all manner of stratosphere-breaking sounds from the mixing board. However, compared to the bustle of earlier efforts like Scientist Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires, Scientist Meets the Space Invaders comes off sounding lean and steely, strategically adorned with snatches of ghostly echo and pneumatic percussion; it’s certainly an appropriate mood for a post-apocalyptic battle involving cartoon machines. And just below this incorporeal layer of sound is the fine and original production work of Linval Thompson (Scientist also mixed cuts by rival producer Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes) and the stellar playing of the Roots Radics band. A great dub title, which, like Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires, is one of Scientist’s essential recordings.”

Scientist Meets the Space Invaders is a 1981 album by the dub musician Scientist. The album was produced by Mikey ‘Roots’ Scott & Linval Thompson. The recording was done at Channel One Studios backed by the Roots Radics, and mixed at King Tubby’s. The recording was by Stanley ‘Barnabas’ Bryan, Anthony ‘Crucial Bunny’ Graham and Maxwell ‘Maxie’ Livington Smith. The cover artwork is by Tony McDermott.”

YouTube: 1 Beam Down 2 Red Shift 3 Time Warp 4 Cloning Process 5 Pulsar 6 Laser Attack 7 De Materialize 8 Fission 9 Super Nova Explosion 10 Quasar

Ken Boothe – I Don’t Want To See You Cry (1973)

Posted in Coxsone Dodd, Dancehall, Ken Boothe, Ska with tags , , , on May 25, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

YouTube: I Don’t Want To See You Cry

Prince Jazzbo (1972)

Posted in Big Youth, Bunny Lee, Channel One, Coxsone Dodd, Dancehall, DJ, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Prince Jazzbo, U-Roy with tags , , , , , , , , on May 23, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“… Prince Jazzbo is one of the survivors of reggae music. While he has never been as important as other 70s DJs such as U-Roy or Big Youth, it is Jazzbo who retains a charismatic personal style and a reasonably healthy following through his label, Ujama, for which he produces and occasionally records. Like many others, Jazzbo first recorded for Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One label in the early 70s. Legend has it that Jazzbo had come to Kingston from the countryside and was initially passed over by Dodd, who expected little from the skinny youth. However, Jazzbo eventually pestered his way into the studio and took the microphone.”

“Prince Jazzbo (born Linval Roy Carter, 3 September 1951, Clarendon, Jamaica) is a Jamaican reggae and dancehall deejay and producer. Prince Jazzbo began recording with Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One label in the early 1970s. He went on to work on his own releases with Bunny Lee, producing as well in collaboration with many artists as a vocalist and producer for labels including his own, Ujama. His best work was probably done in collaboration with legendary producer Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry.”

YouTube: Prince Jazzbo – Crab Walking, Mr Harry Skank, Ital Corner, Skylarking riddim mix, Crime don’t pay

Spotify: Prince Jazzbo & Ujama Music

Burning Spear ‎– Living Dub Volume 1 (1979)

Posted in Burning Spear, Dub with tags , on May 21, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Reggae fans who are paying attention will notice that this is the second time Living Dub Volume 1, the dubwise version of Burning Spear’s Marcus Garvey album, has been reissued on CD (the first time being the Heartbeat label’s 1992 reissue). However, the reality is not that simple. In fact, Heartbeat’s version featured a completely different mix, one newly dubbed up by Barry O’Hare for the 1992 issue. This one constitutes the first issue on CD of the album’s original dub mixes — hence the slightly altered title. Whether these mixes are better or worse is largely a matter of personal taste; both versions feature tastefully adventurous dubs that are true to the spirit of the original vocal versions. On this one the sound is sharper and more detailed than on the Heartbeat issue; however, it suffers from sloppy remastering, and the right channel sputters out briefly and distractingly at several points in the program. Hardcore fans will probably want to own both versions, and this one certainly gets the nod as a historical document, but those who simply love classic, old-school dub will probably find either one satisfactory.”

YouTube: Musiya, Hill Street Dub, Children Of Today, In Those Days, Jah Boto

Junior Byles – 129 Beat Street: Ja-Man Special 1975-1978 (1998)

Posted in Black Ark, House of Music, Junior Byles, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Pablo Moses, Rastafarians, Studio One with tags , , , , , , on May 20, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“A collection of four Junior Byles tracks from his post-Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry era and seven tracks from lesser-known artists like Rupert Reid, Pablo Moses and others, 129 Beat Street highlights some of the best cuts from the little-known House of Music studio operated by Dudley ‘Manzie’ Swaby and Leroy ‘Bunny’ Hollett. In addition to that unifying theme, all the classic roots tracks are held together by thumping bass, exquisite singing and strongly conscious Rastafarian messages. While most of the reggae from the same era came from such big name studios as Black Ark and Studio One, this compilation demonstrates that the supply of talent in Jamaica was extremely pervasive, as is clearly evident on standout tracks like ‘Chant Down Babylon,’ ‘See the Dread Deh’ and ‘Remember Me.'”

“In America the releases of the Blood and Fire label from England have been received as something like the holy grail as most of this music – some of Jamaica’s finest – was previously unavailable to anyone but diehard 7″ fanatics, an increasingly internecine community of curmudgeons and control freaks that includes some of my best friends. Junior Byles and Friends – 129 Beat Street : Ja-Man Special 1975 – 1978 might seem like a cumbersome title, especially for a CD that has only four Junior Byles cuts, but they are four cuts previously available only on 7″ and include the sublime ‘Remember Me’ and the glorious ‘Pitchy Patchy’ (and are generally offered in extended mixes that incorporate the B-side dub sections) so I’m not complaining. Bonus points offered for the inclusion of Pablo Moses’ ‘One People’ and Bim Sherman’s ‘Mighty Ruler’, both must-own knockout tracks and both also offered in extended mixes.”
Blood And Fire

Junior Byles
“Kerrie Byles (born July 17, 1948 in Kingston, Jamaica), also known as ‘Junior Byles’, ‘Chubby’, or ‘King Chubby’, is a Jamaican reggae singer. …”

YouTube: Junior Byles & Rupert Reid – Chant Down Babylon, Dave Robinson – My Homeland, Remember Me (Extended), Bim Sherman – Mighty ruler, Pitchy Patchy, Know Where You’re Going, U Brown – So Long, Rupert Reid – See The Dread Deh

Prince Buster – Hard Man Fe Dead (1966)

Posted in Prince Buster, Ska with tags , on May 19, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“A tribute to the tough guy, ‘Hard Man Fe Dead’ was one of a number of singles that Prince Buster released in 1966 aimed directly at the rising tide of rude boys. And few songs, by Buster or any other artist, better summed up the rudie attitude than this. Apparently indestructible, no matter how many times he’s knocked down, even on his way to the cemetery, the hard man comes back to life. If the lyrics were sure to meet the approval of the rudies, the music was equally made to please. Proto-rocksteady, the tempo had slowed noticeably from ska, but still maintained a jumped-up feel; the backing harmonies too transformed genres, while the horns gave the hard man a New Orleans send-off. The single was an immediate hit, and quickly became a classic. Decades later, the U.S. ska band the Toasters would cover the song and title their 1996 album after it.”

“You pick him up, you lick him down
Him bounce right back
What a hard man fe dead (Hard man fe dead)
You pick him up, you lick him down
Him bounce right back
What a hard man fe dead (Hard man fe dead)”

YouTube: Hard Man Fe Dead

Bob Marley – In Dub Vol. 1 (2012)

Posted in Bob Marley and the Wailers, Dub with tags , on May 17, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“I’m always quite dubious of posthumous releases. They usually come cobbled together attempt at money making that would have the artist turning in his grave. Despite some reservations, I was intrigued enough to give this a spin as the thought of some good Marley tunes dubbed out was quite a prospect. In Dub Vol. 1 isn’€™t quite a new release, it was originally released in 2010 as a digital only package. There are some new versions here though added to some older stuff. The older ones have appeared on single b-sides in the past and are mainly instrumentals with some cute dubbing going on.”
Louder Than War

YouTube: Bob Marley “In Dub Vol. 1” (Full Album) 38:50

Derrick Harriot and Cystalites – The Undertaker (1970)

Posted in Derrick Harriot, Ska, The Ethiopians with tags , , on May 14, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Born in Kingston, Jamaica, reggae singer/producer Derrick Harriott began as a member of the Jiving Juniors (from 1958 through 1962) before embarking on his own solo career, in addition to producing other artists, including the Ethiopians, Keith, and Tex. Harriott tended to rework old R&B love songs as reggae tunes, but his best-known song, ‘The Loser,’ was an original composition. In 1971, Swing Magazine named Harriott Top Producer of 1970, as he was also one of the first to utilize the now renowned King Tubby’s recording studio. The ’70s saw the release of such solo albums as Undertaker, Songs for Midnight Lovers, and Psychedelic Lovers.”

YouTube: Bombshell, Overtaker, The Undertaker, Musical Madness, Doctor Who (Part 1)