Archive for March, 2014

Scientist – Dub in the Roots Tradition (1996)

Posted in Channel One, Dancehall, Dub, King Tubby, Scientist with tags , , , , on March 31, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Leave it to the people at Blood and Fire to find the long-thought-lost recordings Scientist made in the mid- to late ’70s under the supervision of Don Mais. Some of these recordings were mixed by Scientist when he was 16 and offer proof of his audaciously creative mind. Helping his mixology along is that the music was supplied by two of the most formidable session bands in Jamaica, the Soul Syndicate (featuring guitarist Chinna Smith), and the Roots Radics band (featuring the grumbling bass of Earl ‘Flabba’ Holt). But it’s the Scientist and his reverb and echo delays that turns this into a dancehall party, a trip that is long, strange and unforgettable.”

“Scientist aka Hopeton ‘Overton’ Brown, was born on the 18th April 1960. He began his career as an engineer at Studio One in 1978 mixing the dub to Sugar Minott’s ‘Oh Mr. Dc.’ among others. He became a protegé of King Tubby and quickly gained a reputation with his fresh mixing style. Following his stint at Tubby’s, he started working at Channel One, where he became the resident engineer, forging a commercially succesful partnership with Henry Junju Lawes. Scientist’s dubs became so popular and in-demand that by 1980/81 he was actually releasing albums containing his unique mixes of hot Roots Radics riddims. At the end of 1982 the original dub boom was pretty much finished and by 1985 he moved to the USA. This album comes from the early career of Scientist, he was only seventeen or eightteen when he mixed most of these tracks. All tracks were produced by Don Mais for his Roots Tradition label and mixed at King Tubby’s studio. Soul Syndicate and Roots Radics provide the inspirational backing for these wicked dubs. Recommended lethal dub album!”
Reggae Vibes

YouTube: Dub Bible, Dub 16, No Dub Island, Love You Dub, See A Dub Face, Sunshine Version, Dub livity, Babylon Fight Dub, African Daughter Dub

Derrick Harriott

Posted in Derrick Harriot, Dub with tags , on March 29, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Derrick Harriott (born Derrick Clinton Harriott, 6 February 1939, Jamaica) is a singer and record producer. He has produced recordings by Big Youth, Chariot Riders, The Chosen Few, Dennis Brown, The Ethiopians, Keith & Tex, The Kingstonians, Rudy Mills, Scotty, Sly & Revolutionaries, and Winston McAnuff. … The lyrics to his song ‘Message from a Black Man’ (circa 1970) echoed the growing black consciousness in American soul music of that time. In 1970 he issued The Crystalites’ The Undertaker, an instrumental album in a similar vein to the early music of The Upsetters. He produced successful albums by other artists, including DJ Scotty’s Schooldays, Dennis Brown’s Super Reggae and Soul Hits, and also his own 14 Chartbuster Hits. In 1971, Swing magazine named Harriott the Top Producer of 1970. He was one of the first producers to use King Tubby mixing talents at his Waterhouse studio, issuing one of the earliest dub albums, Scrub A Dub, credited to The Crystallites.”

Scrub-A-Dub 1974
YouTube: Blacker Black, Medly, Red Is Dread, Lion Dub, Dubbing The Chariot

YouTube: Do I Worry (1971), Have You Seen Her (1971)

Barry Brown – No Wicked Shall Enter The Kingdom Of Zion, Politician (1979)

Posted in Barry Brown, Bunny Lee, Dub with tags , , on March 28, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“… Following on the heels of Johnny Clarke and Linval Thompson, youth singer Barry Brown penetrated the early dancehall scene of the late ’70s with a slue of durable roots records that today stand as evergreen gems. Like Clarke, Thompson, Sammy Dread, Rod Taylor, Sugar Minott and other popular vocalists of the day, Brown brought an immediate, street-level atmosphere to his records. His passionately raw delivery wasn’t candy-coated sweet or silky smooth. It was simple, direct, amicable and real. Listening to records like ‘No Wicked Shall Enter The Kingdom Of Zion’ and ‘Politician’ you knew this young brother wasn’t from uptown. Barry Brown was no stranger to Bunny Lee when the record producer finally agreed to record the young singer in the late ’70s. Like so many other ghetto youths yearning for an opportunity to grab a hold of the brass ring, Brown was a constant fixture along Idler’s Rest and outside King Tubby’s and Randy’s, persistently approaching Bunny Lee and other producers for a break.”
Reggae Vibes

YouTube: , Politician + King Tubby Killa Dub

I Roy – Padlock (1975)

Posted in DJ, I-Roy with tags , on March 25, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

YouTube: Padlock

Jamaica Ska – Prince Buster & The Maytals with The Ska Busters (1964)

Posted in Prince Buster, Ska with tags , on March 25, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

YouTube: Prince Buster & The Maytals with The Ska Busters – Jamaica Ska, He Is Real

Culture – Good Things (1989)

Posted in Channel One, Culture with tags , on March 23, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Culture delivers a stellar album and reinvents the sound of reggae along the way under the guiding hand of member Joseph Hill’s phenomenal arrangements and productions. The entire set has a massive density to the sound, hearkening back to the heyday of roots; the coursing rhythms pay homage to the rockers style, while the ebullient brass section conjures up the heady melodies of the rocksteady age. The musicianship is superb, drummer Michael Freckles McKenzie and percussionist Francisco Fuzzy Thompson slamming down the driving beats, as Ian Watson winds his sinuous, throbbing bass around them; the trio’s scintillating rhythms underpin the entire set. Overhead, keyboardist Norman Milo Douglas adds more contemporary electronic effects, while simultaneously riffing along with the melody, taking his inspiration from Jackie Mittoo, his superb efforts echoed by expert axeman Frederick Thomas. Together the band rivals the stirring and melody-laced backings of Channel One at its height. But it’s the brilliant use of brass that takes the sound to a whole new level. …”

YouTube: Culture – Good things FULL ALBUM 1989
1. Hand ‘A Bowl 0:00 2. Good Things 3:43 3. Love Music 7:50 4. Psalm Of Bob Marley 13:30 5. Cousin Rude Boy 7:24 6. Youthman Move 21:18 7. Righteous Loving 26:40 8. Chanting On 30:41 9. Rude Boy Dub 35:31 10. Chant A Dub 39:24 11. A Dub Of Bob Marley 44:10 12. Good Good Dub 48:04

Sugar Minott – Leggo the Dread & Version (1978)

Posted in Dub, Sugar Minott with tags , on March 20, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage


YouTube: Sugar Minott – Leggo the Dread & Version