Archive for June, 2013

Mikey Dread – African Anthem (1979)

Posted in Dub, Mikey Dread, Uncategorized with tags , on June 30, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Mikey Dread (born: Michael Campbell) came to the attention of Jamaican music fans with his roots reggae radio program from the late ’70s. Moving beyond his popular island broadcast, Campbell also produced his own rockers-style releases like 1979’s Dread at the Controls (also the name of his radio show). And while this album and a handful more did provide some exposure beyond his radio audience, it was the release of Campbell’s excellent dub titles like African Anthem that would garner a heap of attention, particularly resonating with English punks and groups like the Clash (Campbell would make a sizable contribution to the band’s 1980 album Sandinista). The appeal is not hard to understand since African Anthem features a sophisticated and entertaining program of rock-solid tracks and stunning dub effects (bird and goat noises, police sirens, cuckoo clocks, and all manner of studio-generated sounds); it’s the kind of dizzying mix also heard on Joe Gibbs & Errol Thompson’s similarly disposed African Dub All-Mighty titles and on the best work by the Scientist. In fact, Campbell enlists the Scientist for this recording, along with dub giants like King Tubby and Prince Jammy. The disc additionally benefits from plenty of Campbell’s own engaging radio banter and the stellar contributions of reggae studio luminaries like drummer Sly Dunbar, bassist Robbie Shakespeare, guitarist Earl “Chinna” Smith, and keyboard player Augustus Pablo, among others. A great dub album, ranking up there with milestones such as Lee Perry’s Blackboard Jungle Dub and King Tubby & Prince Jammy’s Dub Gone 2 Crazy.”

YouTube: Resignation Dub, African map + Bond street corner, Saturday Night Style, Industrial Spy

Lloyd Parks – Slaving + Version (1973)

Posted in Glen Brown, I-Roy, Lloyd Parks with tags , , , on June 30, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

YouTube: Slaving + version (I-Roy)

Trench Town

Posted in Bob Marley and the Wailers with tags on June 29, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Trench Town is a neighborhood located in the parish of St. Andrew which shares municipality with Kingston, the capital and largest city of Jamaica. In the 1960s Trench Town was known as the Hollywood of Jamaica. Today Trench Town boasts the Trench Town Culture Yard Museum, a visitor friendly National Heritage Site presenting the unique history and contribution of Trench Town to Jamaica. Trench Town is the birthplace of rocksteady and reggae music, as well as the home of reggae and Rastafari ambassador Bob Marley. The neighborhood gets its name from its previous designation as Trench Pen, 400 acres of land once used for livestock by Daniel Power Trench, an Irish immigrant of the 18th century (descendants of the Earls of Clancarty). The Trench family abandoned the land in the late 19th century.”

YouTube: Trench Town [Documentary]

Prince Buster – Al Capone / One Step Beyond (1964)

Posted in Blue Beat Records, Prince Buster, Ska with tags , , on June 29, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

YouTube: Al Capone / One Step Beyond

Burning Spear – Living Dub, Vol. 1 (1993)

Posted in Burning Spear, Dub with tags , on June 25, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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“Like many records from the first murky decade of reggae’s mature period, this one has a complicated history. It is the dubwise companion to Burning Spear’s classic album of 1978, Social Living. However, Social Living was also released under the title Marcus Children. Living Dub, Vol. 1, which consisted of dub mixes by Sylvan Morris, was originally released as a vinyl record shortly after the album on which it is based, but the CD reissue released under that title in 1993 actually consists of a completely different set of dub mixes by Barry O’Hare; the original mixes were released on CD ten years later, on the revived Burning Spear label, as Original Living Dub, Vol. 1. Confused yet? You’re in good company, and if you’re a real dub addict, you’ll hedge your bets by getting your hands on both versions. The O’Hare mixes have a digital cleanness to them that might not please purist fans of 1970s dub, with its warm, wet atmospherics and gritty analog delay sound, but O’Hare knows how to tear down and reconstruct a roots reggae edifice as well as anyone alive, and his remixes of dread classics like ‘Marcus Say Jah No Dead’ (rendered here as ‘Jah Boto’) and ‘Social Living’ (‘Associate’) stand up well to the original mixes reissued in 2003. If you must choose between the two versions, the 2003 reissue gets the nod as a more accurate historical document, but this one is well worth owning as well.”

YouTube: Children Of Today, Present, Associate, Jah Boto, In Those Days, Run Come Dub, Help Us, Musiya, All Over, Hill Street Dub

Ernest Wilson – I Know Myself (1975)

Posted in Dub, Ernest Wilson, Joseph Hoo Kim with tags , , on June 23, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“The former Clarendonian knows that inner peace can only be found by knowing one’s self, and lacking that insight, real love remains unattainable, but Fitzroy ‘Ernest’ Wilson knows himself, and wisely reasons with a woman to become equally self- aware so she could share the love he feels for her. ‘I Know Myself’ is a powerful number with a romantic message passionately delivered, but Wilson expands it further, reasoning that without inner peace, outer turmoil is inevitable, as the insecure and unknowing are forced to constantly prove themselves to others, which inexorably leads to violence. Know thyself is a concept dating back to the ancient Greek philosophers, but rarely has it been delivered with such resonance to a modern audience. Overseen by the HooKim brothers, and backed by an evocative rootsy accompaniment, 1975’s ‘Know’ was a masterpiece, and one of Wilson’s most extraordinary numbers.”

YouTube: Ernest Wilson – I Know Myself

Junior Ross & The Spears – Judgement Time / Judgement Dub (1976)

Posted in Dub, Junior Ross & the Spear, Tapper Zukie with tags , , on June 23, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“‘I can hear the children singing, I can hear the trumpets sounding,’ Junior Ross & the Spear sing, and it can only mean one thing: ‘Judgement Time’ has come. It’s too late for mercy now, and those who sowed bitter seeds are about to reap the bitterest of wheat. No wonder the wicked are weeping. In the second half of the ’70s, for Jamaicans the apocalypse really did seem to be nigh, and roots artists flooded the island with songs prophesying its arrival. This was one of the punchiest, powered by a stellar rockers riddim that positively pours across the grooves, like the Nile in flood. Utterly infectious and propelled by the crispest of rhythms, with its bubbling atmosphere counterweighted by brass and organ solos tinged with melancholy, this was one of producer Tapper Zukie’s best riddims. Twinned with Ross & the Spear’s superb performance that hovers deftly between excitement at Jah’s coming and a touch of pity for those many lost souls, ‘Judgement Time’ was a cultural masterpiece.”

YouTube: Judgement Time + Judgement Dub