Archive for September, 2014

Peter Tosh – Vampire/Dracula (1976)

Posted in Dub, Peter Tosh with tags , on September 5, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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“Another in the steam of Peter Tosh’s self-produced militant singles from the mid-Seventies, “Vampire” was as haunting as it’s title. Set to a tough rhythm, all snapping cymbals and heart pulsing bass, filled with eerie electro-effects, as dense and ominous as a fog filled night, Tosh takes on the neck biting beast, an allusion to the bloodsuckers of Babylon. Released in Jamaica only in 1976, on the artist’s own Intel Diplo HIM label in 1976, ‘Vampire’ was a masterful, and popular, roots rocker. Eleven years later, Tosh again battled the creature of the night on his No Nuclear War album. Much had changed musically in the interim, and now the artist gives the song a light dancehall sheen. However, the rhythm is just as insistent and militant, the wolf still bays across the intro, but the sweet female backing vocals and lush keyboards takes the chill off. And so, Tosh fights valiantly on, trying to stake this wicked blood sucker once and for all. And while the earlier version was certainly more atmospheric, this time around the vampire hunter definitely had more international appeal.”
allmusic

YouTube: Vampire/Dracula

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Roman Stewart – Praise Jah / Fire Dub (1978)

Posted in Dub with tags on September 5, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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YouTube: Praise Jah / Fire Dub

The Wailing Wailers – Simmer Down (1965)

Posted in Bob Marley and the Wailers, Coxsone Dodd, Ska with tags , , on September 2, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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“‘Simmer Down’ was the first single released by The Wailers, accompanied by the ska supergroup, The Skatalites, and produced by Clement ‘Coxsone’ Dodd in 1963. It was the number one hit in Jamaica in February, 1964. The song was directed to the “Rude Boys” of the ghettos of Jamaica at the time, sending them a message to cool down or ‘Simmer Down’ with all the violence and crime going on in Kingston. The subject matter of ‘Simmer Down’ made The Wailers stand out amongst their contemporaries. The Wailers at this time contained Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh, Junior Braithwaite, Cherry Smith and Beverley Kelso. It was Bob Marley’s first hit and his career as a song writer and performer took off from there.”
Wikipedia

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Val Bennett – Blow Mr Horns Man Blow b/w Horns Man Skank (1977)

Posted in Dub with tags on September 2, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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Almighty Stones – Pressure Them Jah (1976)

Posted in Tuff Scout with tags on September 2, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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