Archive for November, 2013

Little Roy – Black Bird / Tribal War (1974)

Posted in Black Ark, Dub, Earl Lowe, Joe Gibbs, John Holt, Lee "Scratch" Perry with tags , , , , , on November 30, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“In 1974, Earl ‘Little Roy’ Lowe rented studio time at Black Ark and hired Lee Perry to engineer two songs, ‘Black Bird’ and ‘Tribal War’. The pair had worked together in the past, four years earlier Lowe brought Perry ‘Don’t Cross the Nation’, which Perry promptly recorded and released on his own Upsetter label. Like ‘Nation,’ ‘Black Bird,’ too, was culturally themed, an allegory of human greed set to a splashy riddim that Perry transformed into a militant dubby backing. Perry, however, would not be putting out this single, for now Lowe had his own label, Earth, co-owned by Maurice ‘Scorcher’ Jackson. An excellent single, it was to be overshadowed by the even more magnificent ‘Tribal War’.”

YouTube: Black bird + version, Tribal War

Inner Circle – Heavyweight Dub/Killer Dub (1999)

Posted in Bunny Lee, Dub, Inner Circle, Jacob Miller with tags , , , on November 26, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

Inner Circle -Heavyweight Dub + Killer dub(CD 1999)
“This disc is comprised of two dub albums released by Inner Circle in 1978. At that point, Inner Circle was more popular in Jamaica than Bob Marley & the Wailers. Their singer, Jacob Miller, was already famous for songs like ‘Tenement Yard’ and ‘Tired fe Lick Weed in a Bush.’ Most of the rhythms from which these dub tracks are derived were originally released on the albums Killer Miller and Wanted; they were dubbed by Maximilian at the Channel One studio and by Prince Jammy at King Tubby’s. On the program are dub versions of ‘Land Called Home’ (rendered here as ‘Addis Ababa Rock’), ‘Killer Miller’ (‘Killer Dub’), and ‘Standing Firm’ (‘Frelimo’), among others — in typical Blood & Fire fashion, the liner notes specify most of the relationships between dub and vocal versions. It’s too bad that more of Miller’s vocals weren’t left in some of these mixes, but the rhythms themselves are rock-solid and Prince Jammy’s dub treatments are particularly sharp.”

“The latest Blood and Fire issue collects two fine dub albums -both released in 1978- made by Inner Circle. During that period the band were extremely poular on the island, even exceeding the popularity of Bob Marley and The Wailers. They started out 30 years ago -in 1969-, incorporating future members of Third World, Ibo Cooper and Cat Coore. The foundation members were the brothers Ian Monteith Lewis on bass, and Roger Lewis on guitars. Their initial chart succes came in 1971 with the recording of Eric Donaldson’s Song Festival tune ‘Cherry Oh Baby’, a tune produced by Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee. Further chart succes was achieved with the recording of Eric Donaldson’s ‘Love Of The Common People’. In 1973, as Third World formed, they recruited a new drummer and keyboard player. With Jacob ‘Killer’ Miller as lead vocalist they began a run of success that only ended with Jacob’s untimely death in a car crash in 1980. Their collaboration with producer Tommy Cowan resulted in the release of several albums of mainly covers. In 1976 they signed to Capital Records who released two albums ‘Reggae Thing’ and ‘Ready For The World’ that caught the band trying to make headway in the US market they would eventually conquer after Jacob’s death. Meanwhile they released a string of Jamaican hits like ‘Tenement Yard’, Forward Jah Jah Children’ and Tired Fe Lick Weed Inna Bush’. The signing up to Island Records in 1977 led to the release of the album ‘Everything Is Great’.
The dub cuts found here were mainly drawn from Jacob Miller’s more heavy, rootsy albums issued on the Top ranking label, ‘Killer Miller’ and ‘Wanted’. …”
Reggae Vibes

YouTube: 1. Copper Bullet 2. Fidel At The Control 3. General Amin 4. Frelimo 5. Down Rhodesia 6. Bad Reputation 7. Peace Time Now 8. Too Much War 9. Unempolyment Rock 10. Massacre 11. Release Dub 12. Careless Dub 13. Dread At The Control 14. Meditation Rock 15. Rock For Ever 16. Shaky Dub 17. All Babylonians 18. Killer Dub 19. Addis Ababa Rock

Roland Alphonso – Something Special: Ska Hot Shots (2000)

Posted in Coxsone Dodd, Ska, Studio One, The Upsetters with tags , , , on November 24, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“No single compilation could fairly represent the breadth of Alphonso’s career — so often did he record as a solo artist, bandleader, band member, and session musician. This, however, is an excellent 20-song retrospective of vintage sides from 1958-68 released largely under his own name; if they weren’t, they were by groups in which Alphonso was the leader or principal player. Actually, he recorded in a staggering variety of guises, and this anthology includes cuts that were billed to Roland Alphonso & the Alley Cats, Roland Alphonso & the Studio One Orchestra, Roland Alphonso & the Soul Brothers, just the Soul Brothers, Rolando & His Group, Soul Vendors, Clue J & His Blues Blasters, Rolando & the Sharks, and so on… you get the picture. The important thing is that these are exciting, seminal ska and reggae instrumentals, with styles traversing ska roots to rock steady and soul-influenced reggae. There’s more variety to be heard here than with almost any other single-artist ska compilation — from ska takes on spy movie themes and witty novelties like ‘Rollie Pollie’ to the cooking ‘Do It Good’ (which is as close to early American funk-soul as it is to reggae). Alphonso plays imaginative, jazzy sax throughout, and unlike many of the ska brassmen, was not prone to a wobbly or out-of-tune squeak. Among the dozens of other musicians heard on this collection are numerous major ska-reggae figures: Tommy McCook, Rico Rodriquez, Ernest Ranglin, Rita Marley, Clement Dodd, Jackie Mittoo, and even Lee Perry. The liner notes, recording and release dates, and session personnel are amazingly comprehensive for an early reggae reissue. Three of the songs were previously unreleased.”

“This brand new HeartBeat/Studio One compilation collects many of the top hits of the Ska era – songs that made Roland Alphonso and the Skatalites international stars – as well as many of Roland’s signature songs like Four Corners. With material ranging from the inception of Studio One and covering a ten year period, you will find here twenty classic tunes, some released here for the first time on compact disc and digitally remastered from the original Studio One tapes. Before Roland Alphonso and Studio One, there was ‘no’ Jamaican music. Roland’s saxophone sounds shaped Jamaican music at its ‘Boogie Shuffle’ inception, and into and through Ska, Rock Steady and Reggae. He was the top arranger at Studio One, and coached the hit groups of the day, including Bob Marley and the Wailers, as well as being one of the lead tenors of the legendary Skatalites.”
Reggae Vibes

YouTube: Something Special. Ska Hot Shots

Barry Brown – Love and Protection (2002)

Posted in Barry Brown, Bunny Lee, Dub, Linval Thompson with tags , , , on November 21, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“b. c.1962, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Brown’s first release was ‘Girl You’re Always On My Mind’ (produced by Bunny Lee) which had little impact. However, his militant roots-style vocals, similar to Linval Thompson, soon earned him international acclaim. In 1979 he had a hit with ‘Step It Up Youthman’, which led to an album of the same name. His success led to much Barry Brown material becoming available, including ‘Put Down Your Guns’, ‘We Can’t Live Like This’, ‘Big Big Pollution’, ‘Politician’ and ‘Conscious Girl’. By 1980 Brown’s vocals appeared on disco-mix releases with notable DJs including Jah Thomas (‘Jealous Lover’), Ranking Joe (‘Don’t Take No Steps’) and Ranking Toyan (‘Peace And Love’). Having worked with Linval Thompson on ‘Separation’ and Sugar Minott on ‘Things And Time’, Brown decided to go into self-production. …”

YouTube: Love & Protection, I Want to Get Closer, When You Love a Girl, Check Yourself, Things And Times + Dub

Jah Massa – Mo Bay Special (1976)

Posted in Black Ark, Dub with tags , on November 19, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

YouTube: Mo Bay Special

The Ethiopians – Buy You A Ring (1974)

Posted in Coxsone Dodd, Dancehall, Ska, The Techniques with tags , , , on November 19, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

YouTube: Buy You A Ring

Jah Shaka – Commandments of Dub, Vol. 1 (1990)

Posted in Dub, Jah Shaka, Joe Gibbs with tags , , on November 15, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

Jah Shaka - Commandments Of Dub Chapter 1
“Jah Shaka’s Commandments of Dub, Vol. 1 has a unique dub style that sets itself apart from other roots records. Throughout the album, Jah Shaka uses less organic sounding effects and plays with the rhythms sonically. His obsession with an effect that sounds like a siren doesn’t fade and gives the album an overall character. Ringing chimes, pops and echoes color the tracks with a very recognizable style. Jah Shaka’s production skills are impressive but he doesn’t dub any standout rhythms. The clean sound of the bass and drums doesn’t back up what he is doing behind the mixing desk, and it robs the record of some of its potential. Commandments of Dub, Vol. 1 is a layered, well-mixed album that shows Jah Shaka’s unique dubwise technique but doesn’t have the rough pounding rhythms that so many roots-dub records have. The bass and drums are loud and at the forefront but don’t have the edge of a Keith Hudson or a Joe Gibbs’ production. Commandments of Dub, Vol. 1 is an eerie mix with definite appeal for fans of dub production.”

YouTube: Verse 1 Verse 2 Verse 3 Verse 4 Verse 5 Verse 6 Verse 7 Verse 8 Verse 9 Verse 10