Archive for September, 2013

Dennis Brown – Wolves and Leopards (1977)

Posted in Black Ark, Dennis Brown, Dub, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Rastafarians with tags , , , , on September 28, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

Dennis Brown - Wolf and Leopards (1977)
“Although Dennis Brown released over a hundred albums during his career, Wolf & Leopards, which appeared in 1977, might be the most significant for a couple of different reasons, even though it was essentially a collection of singles. It was the first LP from Brown to feature the singer as a full-fledged Rastaman, and the songs show a strong commitment to cultural themes. It also introduced to the world his signature song, ‘Here I Come’ (aka ‘Love and Hate’), as well as the title tune, ‘Wolf & Leopards,’ which is rumored to have been mixed by Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry at his Black Ark studio. Several of the tracks were produced by Niney, with the rest produced by Brown himself with help from singer Castro Brown, but even with its sort of little bit here, little bit there haphazard makeup, Wolf & Leopards functions as a fully integrated and coherent album sequence. It might not be Brown’s best album, and it might not even contain his best singles, but Wolf & Leopards was a watermark release for the singer, signaling a shift to political and cultural matters, and his work as a mature, fully developed artist begins with this release.”

Wolf and Leopards (later issued as Wolves and Leopards) is a 1977 reggae album by Dennis Brown. Recorded between 1976 and 1977 and released on Brown’s own DEB label in the UK and on the Weed Beat label in Jamaica, the album comprises ten tracks originally released on singles that concentrate on cultural themes and mark the transformation of Brown from child star to full-fledged Rastaman.”

YouTube: Wolves and Leopards, So Jah Say & Wolves And Leopards (Live), WOLF & LEOPARDS (TROJAN) EXTENDED MIX, Here I Come [Live], Party Time

Trinity – Smoking Rack (1977)

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

YouTube: Trinity & Dean Stone – Smoking Rock

Johnny Clarke – Don’t Trouble Trouble (1989)

Posted in Bunny Lee, Dancehall, Dub, I-Roy, Johnny Clarke, King Tubby, The Aggrovators, The Revolutionaries, U-Roy with tags , , , , , , , , on September 25, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Over the years, a plethora of roundups from this formidable artist have hit the streets of Jamaica, Britain, Europe, and the U.S., all dedicated exclusively to the singer’s recordings for producer Bunny Lee. Invariably there’s some repetition, but so many singles did Johnny Clarke unleash under Lee’s aegis, there’s more than enough to go around. Inevitably there were some duds amid the barrage of hits, but the bulk of the material is of such high quality that fans really can’t go wrong. With that said, Don’t Trouble Trouble still rises to the top of the compilation pile. With copious hindsight — the set was released in 1989, the British Attack label was able to choose tracks not based on the hottest sounds of the time, but those that were the most enduring. Nicely balanced between cultural concerns, romantic interests, and dancehall bravado, the set presents a particularly well-rounded picture of this crucial artist. Although it’s still only a partial one, as Trouble troubles only to pull from the period 1975-1976, early in Clarke’s partnership with Lee, equally great numbers were still to come. …”

YouTube: Revolutionary – Don’t Trouble Trouble, Johnny Clarke – Dont Trouble Trouble, Rock With Me Baby, Cold I up (Jaguar) 7″, johnny clarke & king tubby cold it up dub, Creation rebel + straight to the spear’s head (1975 Justice), Too Much War + U-Roy, Do You Love Me? + Aggrovators – Do You Dub Me, Since I Fell For You, Doing My Thing +King Tubby The Dub Ruler, Bring It On Home To Me+Aggrovators Bring It On Home To Me-version, You keep on running, They never love poor marcus, Johnny Clarke & King Tubby – Poor Marcus Dub, Stop the Tribal War, Johnny Clarke & U Brown No More Tribal War / Stop Tribal War ~ Dubwise Selecta Reggae

Alton Ellis – Black Man’s Pride (1972)

Posted in Alton Ellis, Ska, Studio One with tags , , on September 21, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Now here was a song to be proud of, one of those timeless Studio One classics, that bar the give away reggae arrangement and production could have dated from any era, and whose rhythm could easily be revived today. Alton Ellis doesn’t so much offer up lyrics as a few powerful reiterated catch phrases – ‘Blackman’s pride,’ ‘Blackman’s right,’ ‘we need our freedom so set us free,’ ‘gotta be free’ – but oh he delivers them, every word he utters reverberates with emotion. Behind him, the studio band have found their groove, and led by the pumping bass-line trot it proudly round the room. It’s a fabulous backing, loosely based on The Heptones’ classic ‘Baby’, and the arrangement blends a funky feel, lashings of R&B laced picked guitar, a hint of wah-wah rock around the keyboards, and splashes of brass for emphasis. There’s a jammy flavor to it all, and one feels the band could spin it on for hours to their everyone in earshot’s delight. Reggae at its bluesy, rocky best, a top notch single from 1972.”

YouTube: Black Mans Pride

Junior Reid – One Blood (1990)

Posted in Dancehall, Junior Reid, Robbie Shakespeare, Sly Dunbar with tags , , , on September 21, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

junior reid One Blood
“Junior Reid’s first solo outing since 1985, his first after departing from Black Uhuru, One Blood was a revolutionary set and a revelation. The stage was set with the release of the title track as an album taster, which proved to be a massive hit and one of the greatest reggae anthems of the decade. The single could have ended up overshadowing the rest of the set, as often happens in these cases, but in fact, the entire album was of equal caliber. Surprisingly, then, only one other track within, the equally anthemic ‘Sound,’ was spun off as a single, although at least another half a dozen tracks could have joined it on 45. One of the obvious choices was ‘Searching for Better,’ an emphatic, adamantly optimistic number that blends a sharp dancehall style with thumping hip-hop. ‘Fast Car’ revs into the dancehalls, with its tattoo of beats counterpointing the dark, rootsy bass and riffs. …”

YouTube: One Blood, A Nuh So, Who Done It, When It Snows, Fast Car, Married Life

Horace Andy – Got To Get You (1976)

Posted in Horace Andy with tags on September 21, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

YouTube: Got To Get You

Big Youth – Natty Universal Dread, 1973-1979 (2000)

Posted in Big Youth, DJ, Dub, Joe Gibbs with tags , , , on September 20, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“It should come as no surprise that the first collection to do full justice to the career of reggae DJ Big Youth was released by the Blood & Fire label, which has already distinguished itself with an exquisite catalog of reissues and collections designed to bring the music of reggae’s classical period (the early to mid-’70s) back into the marketplace. This three-disc box set includes 51 tracks from Big Youth’s most productive period, beginning with the early singles recorded for Joe Gibbs and on his own Negusa Nagast label (which included the charming ‘Hot Cross Bun’ and ‘Hot Stock,’ a collaboration with Gregory Isaacs and Leroy Smart), and ending with the topical “Can’t Take Wah Happen on a West” (written in the wake of the disastrous Westmoreland Flood of 1979) and the blistering ‘Political Confusion,’ which name-checks Margaret Thatcher and Jimmy Carter. This is also the period that found him releasing his bizarre and wonderful cover versions — ‘Hit the Road Jack,’ ‘Proud Mary’ (titled ‘River Boat’ here), and, best of all, ‘Sugar Sugar.’ As always, the digitally restored sound is exquisite, but this set does mark the first time that Blood & Fire has messed up on packaging. It’s beautiful and the booklet is jam-packed with rare photos and extensive liner notes, but the individual disc sleeves are equipped with annoying and self-destructing styrofoam spindles. Don’t let that fact dissuade you from buying this marvelous collection, but be forewarned.”

Natty Universal Dread 1973–1979 is a 3-CD-Box-set by Big Youth, released in 2001.”

YouTube: Mosiah Garvey (extended), Can’t Take Wah Happen On A West + Dub, Political Confusion, Downtown Kingston Pollution / Give Praises / Hot Cross Bun, Children Children / Mr Buddy, Battle Of The Giants Part 1&2, The Wise Sheep, Jah Jah Love Them (Extended)