Archive for July, 2013

King Tubby’s In Fine Style 1972 – 1977

Posted in Dub, King Tubby with tags , on July 30, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“While there’s certainly no shortage of King Tubby compilations out there, it’s often a straining venture to find the best ones. Tubby churned out so much music during the mid-’70s (with the help of co-engineers Phillip Smart, Pat Kelly, and Lloyd ‘Prince Jammy’ James, of course) that throughout the ’90s innumerable fly-by-night labels were able to assemble cheap comps of cut-rate recordings. These sorts of hodgepodges are fine for all the Tubby collectors around the world, but for the more casual or particular listener, those mostly questionable collections are best avoided. …”

“Since acquiring the label in 2001, Sanctuary have mined the rich seam of the Trojan back catalogue. The lively reissue schedule continues apace with a round-up of King Tubby’s mid-seventies dub remixes, many of which have never been released outside Jamaica. Given Tubby’s prodigious output any retrospectives claim to be definitive is a bit dubious, but these tracks most deifintely come from the golden period of dub. This collection features a host of greats including Augustus Pablo, Dillinger and Lee Perry’s The Upsetters. Tubby’s story is remarkable and mirrors that of an extraordinary period in reggae music. From hi-fi repairman to dub pioneer, he tinkered and reconfigured his equipment and, in so doing, redefined the role of engineer-producer. His trademark touches are everywhere – these tracks zoom in and out of focus, as skittering hi-hats and loping bass-lines are picked out of a fug of reverb. They sound as vibrant today as they would have snaking out of the Tannoy speakers chained to the wall of Tubby’s Waterhouse studio. …”

YouTube: In Fine Style & King Tubby’s Dub & Bag A Wire Dub, Concentration Version 3, Glen Brown – Tel Aviv Drums, Ronnie Davis – Power Of Love b/w King Tubby’s In Fine Style, Please Officer & Jah Jah Dub & A Noisy Place, Dub Fever, jah jah dub, Tommy McCook & The Aggrovators – A Dancing Version

Hortense Ellis – Woman of the Ghetto (1972)

Posted in Coxsone Dodd, Hortense Ellis with tags , on July 28, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“There are so many great versions of this track, but for some reason this one has always been the one that seems to be the most powerful, you can hear the strain in Hortense’s voice when she talks about kids starving and you know she is singing from the heart.”
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YouTube: Woman of the ghetto

Jah Devon – To Take It All & 5 Of Them (1978)

Posted in Jacob Killer Miller with tags on July 28, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

YouTube: To Take It All & 5 Of Them

Willie Williams – Messenger Man (2005)

Posted in Coxsone Dodd, Dub, Rocksteady, Studio One, Willie Williams with tags , , , , on July 26, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“As far back as the rocksteady age, Willie Williams had attempted to deliver songs with a message, but it was only in the roots era that he finally succeeded. Returning to Jamaica after several years in Canada, the singer, with his session band in tow, entered the Channel One studio and laid down this fabulous riddim adapted from the Bee Gees’ chart-topper ‘I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You.’ Driven by Carlton ‘Santa’ Davis and Lloyd Parks’ roots rockers rhythm, the backing beautifully blends a militant aura with a funk-tinged, bluesy atmosphere that’s shredded by organist Bobby Kalphat’s extraordinary solos, which imitate searing rock guitar leads to perfection. Williams took the finished riddim down to King Tubby’s studio for mixing, where he also recorded his vocals. The singer retained the lyrics from the Bee Gees’ original chorus, but put them in a cultural context with powerful new religiously themed verses. Although the self-produced ‘Messenger Man’ was released only in Canada, it received considerable play in the States as well, which is where Coxsone Dodd heard it. So impressed was the Studio One head that he invited Williams to record an album for his label, eventually resulting in the Armagideon Time set. In the interim, the singer continued recording independently, and ‘Messenger’ would entitle his own self-produced 1980 album.”

“… The problem with a lot of current European and JA based reggae in 2005 is that much of it is so very derivative and unoriginal — The once unique and innovative rhythm concepts of ‘one drop’ and ‘steppers’ have been turned into dull, heavy handed clichés. So in contrast then — with this subtle Willie Williams album, it is a pleasure to hear reggae music from a time when it was still a deeply inspired and startlingly original form. Blood and Fire have released an insightful work here, with beautiful song structures. The drum and bass lines are hard — but without that intrusive, banal digital computer created hammering that characterises a lot of current reggae — the lyrics are personal and insightful too, penned long before the themes had become ubiquitous and token stereotypes. Willie Williams confirms (regarding lyrical composition) to Carter Van Pelt ‘most of these tracks, I had personal experience with.'”
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YouTube: Messenger Man (Live), Messenger Man, Dungeon / Version, No Hiding Place, Give Jah Praise

The Biggest Danehall Anthems 1979 – 1982 (2002)

Posted in Dancehall, Greensleeves with tags , on July 23, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“This compilation serves as a comprehensive musical history lesson into the foundation of dancehall music. The release of this double whammy collection could not be better timed as it coincides with Jamaica celebrating its 40th Independence. For anyone who started listening and collecting dancehall music from the late eighties to the present time, this album will surely fill some of the missing gaps you may have in your collection, the only problem will be convincing your peers that you have the original vinyl, because the standard crackles have been removed from the tracks. Featured on this album we have greats like Barrington Levy, John Holt, Clint Eastwood and Nicodemus to name a few. Highlights include General Echo’s ‘Bathroom Sex’, in which he uses a lyrical comedy style, and Ranking Dread’s 1981 No 1 classic smash, ‘Fattie Boom Boom’. To all of you dancehall sound clash fans; we have the original ‘Gunman’ by legendary Michael Prophet.”

Spotify: by Barrington Levy. 01 Fally Ranking 03:49, 02 Shine Eye Gal 02:47, 03 Firehouse Rock 04:12, 04 Bathroom Sex 04:08, 05 Ice Cream Love 3:23.

Alton Elllis – Cry Tough (1993)

Posted in Alton Ellis, Duke Reid, Rocksteady, Ska, Tommy McCook, Treasure Isle with tags , , , , , on July 22, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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Cry Tough is a 1993 collection of Alton Ellis recordings from the rocksteady era of 1966-1968. It was released in 1993 by Heartbeat Records, and features the pick of Ellis’ work for Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid, plus some tracks produced by Sonia Pottinger. The album contains most of Ellis’ original Mr. Soul of Jamaica album, and contains the same tracks as the 1973 Greatest Hits compilation on Count Shelly Records, plus eight additional tracks. Several of the tracks are alternate takes of some of his biggest hits from the era. The backing band is the Treasure Isle studio band of the time, Tommy McCook and the Supersonics.”

“Although Alton Ellis was never to receive the international recognition of such contemporaries as Desmond Dekker or Delroy Wilson, the singer was at least their equal. Launching his career as the duo of Alton & Eddie (Parkins) at the dawn of the ska age, Ellis’ career has continued unabated since, both as partner with other singers (including his equally talented sister Hortense Ellis) and as a solo artist. Although he recorded for a multitude of producers, some of his most glittering work during the rocksteady/early reggae eras was cut with Duke Reid, and it is from Reid’s Treasure Isle chest that this compilation is drawn. There were scores of classics to choose from, and Cry Tough contains many of the best, a sumptuous entrance to the singer’s world. …”

YouTube: Cry Tough Extended, All My Tears Come Rolling, Willow Tree, I Can’t Stop Now, Remember That Sunday, Chatty chatty, Ain’t That Loving You.

Horace Andy’s Dub Box: Rare Dubs 1973-1976

Posted in Bunny Lee, Dancehall, Dub, Horace Andy, Studio One with tags , , , , on July 20, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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“Considering the high quality of Horace Andy’s canon, to speak of any one period as his best is absurd, yet still the songs the singer cut for Bunny Lee in the mid-’70s are undeniably superb, and remain fan favorites. Many of these singles were re-recordings of Andy’s earlier Studio One hits, among them ‘Skylarking,’ ‘Money Is the Root of All Evil’ (it’s title shortened to ‘Money Money’), and ‘Just Say Who,’ all now driven by the fiery backings of the Aggrovators. During this period, Lee was making ample use of the talents of King Tubby, handing the remixer a plethora of platters to work his magic on, including, of course, Andy’s. Fourteen of the resulting simmering, sizzling versions are gathered up here on Rare Dubs. The dubmaster’s work is phenomenal, while his acolytes Prince Jammy, Scientist, and Prince Philip Smart, who occasionally took a hand at the controls, are already showing their skills. Vast, booming beats, thundering basslines, vocals and chords echoing into the distance, guitars and keyboards slicing through the thick, dense atmospheres, all merging into the ether to make this album dub at its mightiest. A spectacular set of riddims deconstructed and rebuilt into fiercesome aural assaults, a tribute to all involved.”

YouTube: Dub say who, Zion dub, Skylarking Dub, Dub Money, Dub Angel, Dub guidance