Little Roy – Black Bird / Tribal War (1974)

“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


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