Archive for July, 2014

Desmond Dekker & the Aces – Action! (1968)

Posted in Desmond Dekker, Ska with tags , on July 30, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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‘Following hot on the heels of their Jamaican debut album, 1967’s 007 (Shanty Town), Desmond Dekker & the Aces were ready for Action! the following year. Like its predecessor, Action! bundled up another slew of the quintet’s recent hits, as did its successor, 1969’s The Israelites. All were released only in Jamaica, and the fact that “007” reappeared on the Action! set tells you just how seriously producers took the album market on the island. Even so, with its mix of rocksteady and early reggae hits, Action! has remained a popular album, and has been reissued internationally on several occasions. Now it’s been paired with the equally well recycled Intensified set. In any event, taken together, it’s a solid selection of songs, heavy on the hits, but that’s to be expected, as virtually everything Dekker & the Aces released pre-Leslie Kong’s death in 1971 was, and by and large the group’s albums merely rounded them all up on long-players. There are a few odd omissions — no “Pickney Gal,” for example, or “You Can Get It If You Really Want” — and even stranger, “Israelites” appears under the peculiar title “Poor Me Israelites.” However, all self-respecting fans already have “Pickney” and “Get It” in their collections. So what’s of more interest here are the less recycled numbers, like the ethereal “Fu Man Chu,” the demanding “Gimme Gimme,” and the indeed memorable “Unforgettable,” better known as “Bongo Gal.” Unlike that latter, “Gimme” and “Fu” never saw British release, and seem not to have even received proper Jamaican ones, which makes their appearance here a boon for collectors. And “My Lonely World,” which features an American R&B-styled spoken word break, and the emotive “Personal Possession” rarely turn up on the reissue shelves. That said, so often has the bulk of this set appeared that many fans will have to think hard before parting with their money, but for new aficionados, this is an excellent place to start.’
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Junior Reid – Babylon Release The Chain (1984)

Posted in Errol Thompson, Junior Reid with tags , on July 26, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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Tyrone Taylor – Move Up Blackman (1975)

Posted in Dub with tags on July 26, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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Dee-Jay Explosion Inna Dancehall Style (1982)

Posted in Dancehall, DJ, Gussie Clarke with tags , , on July 26, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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“Significantly expanding on the original LP’s 12 cuts, the CD issue of Dee-Jay Explosion offers 21 sides featuring several top early-’80s dancehall DJs live. Cut at the popular Skateland Roller Disco in Kingston, this Heartbeat collection captures reggae toasters in their element: in front of a very enthusiastic crowd and backed by one of the top sound systems on the island. In this case, it’s the famous Gemini Disco crew who provide the sounds, while original DJ Big Youth acts as host — special mention should also go to producer Gussie Clarke, who taped the proceedings for posterity. So, with all the ‘back room’ credits out of the way, one can enjoy the likes of Eek-A-Mouse, Brigadier Jerry, Sister Nancy, Trinity, Yellowman, and Michigan & Smiley expertly working their way through some vintage Studio One rhythms, all the while touching on politics, Rasta business, sex, violence, poverty, and dancehall culture. Considering its rawness, though, Dee-Jay Explosion is best suited for seasoned fans, not those looking for an introduction to Jamaican DJ culture.”
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YouTube: Brigadier Jerry : Going down to Texas, Ganja Clash -Welton Irie, Errol Scorcher – Wife And Sweetheart, Prince Mohammed – Turn Me On, Lee Van Cliff & Ranking Toyan ” Go Down Moses , Go Down & Dreadlocks Party”

Pablo Moses – I Man a Grasshopper (1975)

Posted in Pablo Moses with tags on July 21, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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“It was with this quite astonishing single that Pablo Moses was introduced to the roots reggae world in 1975. Moses penned ‘I Man a Grasshopper’ in response to a real-life incident, when his mother’s lodger informed the police that Moses was smoking marijuana. Moses was particularly incensed because he had deliberately steered clear of the renter, and hypocritically enough, the lodger loved his drink even more than Moses enjoyed his ganja. That fact was reflected in Moses’ lyric ‘That man loves sea and fish bowl,’ an intriguing metaphor for a drunkard. It was several years before the song was actually recorded, when it finally came to the attention of producer Geoffrey Chung, whose guitarist brother Mikey was good friends with Moses. At that point, the producer took the singer straight to the Black Ark studio, with Mikey in tow, and Mike Murray of the In Crowd tossed out the sensational rock guitar leads that sear the backing. The riddim, which also featured Clive Hunt on bass and Robby Lynn on organ, was one of the first true rock-reggae hybrids, an incredible number virtually unique in sound. Released in 1975, ‘Grasshopper’ shredded the Jamaican chart, then hopped off to ravage the reggae scenes abroad. One of the most awesome debuts in Jamaican history.”
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YouTube: I Man A Grass Hopper / Part II (Custom Disco)

Wailing Souls – Jah Jah Give Us Life To Live (1978)

Posted in Channel One, Robbie Shakespeare, Sly Dunbar, The Revolutionaries, Wailing Souls with tags , on July 18, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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“In 1971, JoJo Hookim and his brother Ernest entered the music business. The siblings had no previous experience in the industry, and thus, it took several years for them to really have any impact. By 1976, however, their roots sound would rule the island. It was the creation of the house band the Revolutionaries that helped the label reach these heights, the band driven by the phenomenal rhythms of drummer Sly Dunbar and bassist Robbie Shakespeare who were now paired regularly for the first time. ‘Jah Jah Give Us Life’ epitomizes the Channel One sound. The arrangement is dense but the sound so clean one can easily distinguish every instrument, from the pretty keyboard flourishes to the sultry bass line, even as the nyahbinghi-flavored percussion patter powerfully underneath. But this is roots with a kick, and instead of the usual hypnotic atmosphere, there’s an up-tempo swing to it all that defines the rockers style. It’s the perfect accompaniment for the Wailing Souls, as they struggle to stay awake to meet the rising sun, so they can offer up their thanks to Jah. Most roots groups deliver up their devotional songs with reverence, but the Souls instead offer theirs with an unquenchable spirit. Life, Jah’s greatest gift, courses through their performance and across the Revolutionaries’ rhythm.”
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YouTube: Jah Jah Give Us Life To Live (Extended)

Delroy Wilson – Don’t Look Back

Posted in Coxsone Dodd, Delroy Wilson, Dub with tags , , on July 18, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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