Archive for June, 2014

Tommy Cowan – Ras Claat Dub (1976)

Posted in Dub, Tommy Cowan with tags , on June 28, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“b. c.1950, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Tommy Cowan has been involved in the reggae industry for 30 years as a performer, producer, promoter and master of ceremonies. In 1966 he formed a group called the Merricoles and successfully entered an amateur talent contest. In 1967 the group changed their name to the Jamaicans and are remembered as winners of the celebrated Jamaican Song Festival, with ‘Baba Boom’. The recording, produced by Duke Reid, topped the Jamaican charts and led to a series of hits, including ‘Sing Freedom’, ‘Woman Go Home’ and the re-release of their debut, a plaintive song relating to the inevitability of life, ‘Things You Say You Love, You’re Gonna Lose’. Following the group’s demise, Cowan joined the Dynamic studio, where he was employed as the resident engineer. Having accumulated sufficient knowledge in studio work he went into record production, working with Jacob Miller and Inner Circle, Junior Tucker, Earl Zero, Ray I and Dean Stone, as well as recording the occasional single, notably a version of the Wailers’ ‘Lick Samba’. Cowan formed the Top Ranking label and successfully managed Inner Circle, balancing their commercial career alongside hits solely for the roots market. While Killer and Wanted appeased the group’s reggae fanbase, Reggae Thing and Ready For The World enjoyed international success. By the late 70s, Cowan had established a reputation for wooing the crowds as an MC, introducing a number of performers at the Reggae Sunsplash Festivals and the legendary One Love Peace Concert. In 1980 he was invited to accompany Bob Marley on his tour of Zimbabwe when the reggae legend played at the independence ceremony. When he returned to Jamaica, Cowan concentrated on expanding his Talent Corporation. One of the artists affiliated to this company was his second wife Carlene Davis, who initially recorded reggae ballads. In 1988 she topped the Jamaican charts with ‘Dial My Number’, which led to greater exposure for Cowan’s corporation. By the mid-90s his roster of performers included John Holt, Dobby Dobson, Ruddy Thomas, Toots Hibbert, Ernie Smith, General Degree, Scotty and Jack Radics.”

YouTube: Talking Dub, Emperor No Dead

Freddie McKay – Doin’ It Right (1999)

Posted in Coxsone Dodd, Duke Reid with tags , on June 24, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Freddie McKay’s gritty, soulful vocal style made him one of Jamaica’s best singers, and right from the start with the late-1960s release ‘Love Is a Treasure,’ recorded for Duke Reid, it was obvious that McKay had an uncommon ability to move his listeners. But his work and legacy (McKay died suddenly under somewhat mysterious circumstances in 1986) have been woefully neglected. Although some of his key tracks are scattered across different reggae compilations, albums of McKay material are difficult to find, a situation that this anthology of Alvin Ranglin-produced songs addresses to some extent, since a little McKay is better than none at all. McKay specialized in bittersweet love songs, and while such fare might fall to the maudlin in less capable hands, he had an amazing ability to make it feel as if he was sitting across the table and telling you his story under intimate circumstances. Perhaps his best-known song, the subtle, gorgeous and emotive ‘Picture on the Wall,’ is included here in an expanded version that effectively draws out the telling. ‘How Can I’ and ‘Some a Dem Weh’ are other standouts in a remarkably consistent and cohesive set list. McKay was a subtle singer, and it may take a couple of spins to hear what he is doing with these songs, but when he finally gets to you, you’ll want to listen to the stories he tells again and again.”

YouTube: Love is a treasure, It’s Running Over, Blow Wind

King Tubby / Prince Jammy – His Majesty’s Dub (1983)

Posted in Dub, King Tubby, Prince Jammy, Robbie Shakespeare, Sly Dunbar with tags , on June 19, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“A typically outstanding 1983 dub outing from two masters of the form, HIS MAJESTY’S DUB contains a set of rhythms recorded by the inimitable Jah Woosh at studios all across Jamaica during the early ‘80s, and mixed by dub innovators Prince Jammy and King Tubby. These recordings feature outstanding performances from some of the finest Jamaican instrumentalists of the era, including Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Vin Gordon, Bobby Ellis, and ‘Family Man’ Barrett.”

His Majesty’s Dub is a 1976 dub album by King Tubby and Prince Jammy, sometimes credited to Prince Jammy v King Tubbys. It features Carlton Barrett and Sly Dunbar on drums, Robbie Shakespeare and Aston Barrett on bass guitar, and Ansel Collins on keyboards, among other personnel. The album was produced by Jah Woosh, and engineered by King Tubby and Prince Jammy, along with Maxie and frequent collaborator Errol Thompson. The album was recorded at Randy’s in Kingston, Jamaica.”

YouTube: Prince Jammy v. King Tubby – His Majestys Dub – Rullin Power, Jah Works, King of Kings

The Royals – Ten Years After (1978)

Posted in Dub, Robbie Shakespeare, Sly Dunbar, The Royals with tags , , , on June 16, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

‘The album instrumental for the Royals international success, although it was actually Ten Years After‘s dubs that brought the band fame. In London, sound system operator Lloyd Coxone played the dub plates continuously, prompting a British deal for Roy Cousins and his group. The dubs, which featured on the Freedom Fighters album, were indeed spectacular, but then so were the original vocal cuts. In Jamaica, Ten Years After was the follow-up to the highly acclaimed Pick Up the Pieces, and suffered slightly in comparison. In truth both sets are equal masterpieces, capturing the trio at their heady mid-’70s height. Confusingly though, the Ten Years After Cousins gave the Jamaicans is not the same as what he handed Ballistic, but arguably the British received the better set. It kicked off with the stellar sufferers song “My Sweat Turns to Blood,” which set the stage for the glorious paean to liberation “Freedom Fighters.” Its theme is further explored on the Burning Spear styled “Free Speech and Movement,” with the excellent “Court of Law” rounding out the political numbers. The gorgeous “Stand and Give Praises” is one of a pair of exclusively religious offerings found within, the other, the apocalyptic “Make Believe,” gives warning in the trio’s most sonorous harmonies. Only the glittering “Down Comes the Rain” breaks the album’s conscious mode. That song was the earliest recording found within this set, a romantic 1973 gem that opened the second side of Ten Years, which then slid gracefully into the insistent “Free Speech.” This remains a stunning album, bolstered by phenomenal s and sensational vocal performances, “Pieces” may today have garnered all the glory, but at the time, Ten Years easily equaled its accomplishments.’

YouTube: Royals – 1978 – Ten Years After
YouTube: My Sweat Turns To Blood (Extended mix)

Prince Of Darkness – Burial Of Long Shot (1969)

Posted in Ska, Trojan with tags , on June 16, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

Burial Of Long Shot

Ossie Hibbert / Ossie Allstars – Leggo Dub (2005)

Posted in Dub, King Tubby with tags , on June 12, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Rare dub reggae emerges from the vaults in the shape of this late-1970s set produced by one of Jamaica’s lesser-known talents, Ossie Hibbert. Hibbert, who was primarily an engineer and keyboardist, favors a drum-heavy mix (courtesy of the legendary Sly Dunbar) laced with horns. He incorporates a few of the sonic eccentricities, like wailing babies and train whistles, popular with better-known figures like Lee Perry on a variety of vintage rhythms, notably Gregory Isaacs’ ‘I’m All Right’ and Dillinger’s ‘Take a Dip.’ Casually elegant, Hibbert provides a naturalistic soundstage against which the ace session band the Revolutionaries skank their stuff, smooth and easy.”

YouTube: Leggo Dub- Ossie Allstars (full Album)

Bob Marley and The Wailers 21-07-1979 – Completo

Posted in Bob Marley and the Wailers with tags on June 11, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“On July 21, 1979 Bob Marley and The Wailers, Dick Gregory, Olatunji, Eddie Palmieri, Jabula, the art of Black Dance and Patti Labelle came to Harvard Stadium in Boston for a concert to benefit the on-going struggles in Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa. The concert was called AMANDLA.: Festival of Unity. A benfit Concert for Relief and Humanitarian Aid to Southern Africa. 25 years later in making this video of the performance of Bob Marley and the Wailers, we celebrate the triumph of these liberation struggles of the people of Southern Africa for equality, dignity and self determination.”
YouTube: Completo 1:46:27
Announcer Intro. for Dick Gregory.  Positive Vibration – Slave Driver – Them Belly Full – Runnin Away – Crazy Baldhead – The Heathen – War – No More Trouble – Lively Up Yourself – No Woman No Cry – Jammin – Get Up Stand Up – Exodus – Zimbabwe – Wake Up