Archive for June, 2016

Lacksley Castell (1959 – 1983)

Posted in Augustus Pablo, Hugh Mundell, Junior Reid, Lacksley Castell, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Prince Jammy with tags , , , , , on June 29, 2016 by 1960s: Days of Rage

Wikipedia – “Lacksley Castell, sometimes misspelled Laxley, Lacksly, Lasky or Locksley Castel (1959 – 1983) was a Jamaican reggae singer best known for his work in the early 1980s. Lacksley Castell was born in 1959, although some sources claim 1962. Growing up in Kingston‘s Waterhouse district, along with artists such as Black Uhuru and The Travellers, Lacksley recorded in what was known as the ‘Waterhouse style’. Castell became friends with Hugh Mundell who helped both him and his friend Junior Reid to get started in the music business. That resulted in Castell’s first single releases in 1978, ‘Babylon World’ and ‘Love in Your Heart’, recorded with Augustus Pablo. In 1979, he recorded ‘Jah Love Is Sweeter’ at Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry‘s Black Ark Studios, which was a pre-release reggae chart hit in the United Kingdom in August 1979, with ‘What a Great Day’ (produced by Prince Jammy) making the top five of the reggae 12-inch singles chart the same month. …”
YouTube: “Babylon World” and “Babylon Fall (version)”, Love In Your Heart, What a Great Day (& dub), Jah Love Is Sweeter + King Tubby’s Mix, My Collie Tree, African Queen, Unkind To Myself + Dub (NEGUS ROOTS), Jah Is Watching You, Government Man + Sly & Robbie – Dub The Government, Speak Softly, Tug A War Games, Johnny Brown + Version, Jah-Children (& Dub), Mother Mitchell (Far East Riddim), & Gregory Isaacs – Clash 12inch

Jah Works International – Ruff Cut: The Original & Authentic Sounds of Jah Works (1996)

Posted in On-U Sound with tags on June 25, 2016 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“For the last decade Rej Forte and his Jah Works label have been creating and spreading positive vibes from his production base in Barkshire, England. A reggae dub innovator and producer/catalyst, Rej Forte produced Radical Dance Faction (RDF), the Rhythmites, and founded the High-Tech Roots Dynamics group, which went on to become The Revolutionary Dub Warriors (On-U Sound). His production of ‘Universal Spirit Warrior’ by The Dub Crusaders featured African chants, roaring lions, ghostly trains and swooping vampire bats — one of the best new dub albums of the ’90s. ‘Ruff Cut’ features unreleased and/or remixed masters from 1992-1996 – dub plate specials, 10 inch singles, unreleased tracks, versions, instrumentals, new riddims, alternative mixes – producing a really adventurous new alternative dub album.”
YouTube: Jah Works International – Ruff Cut: The Original & Authentic Sounds of Jah Works 1:06:19

Johnny Clarke – Play Fool Fe Get Wise / Every Knew Shall Bow (1978)

Posted in Bunny Lee, Dub, Johnny Clarke with tags , , on June 22, 2016 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“… Play Fool Fe Get Wise is about people who use their brains to outsmart others. Both Enter Into His Gates and Move Out Of Babylon were extremely popular roots tunes and were amongst the first string of hits to appear from Johnny Clarke. The latter appears here in a recut of the song which has been recorded in the ’80s utilizing the slower rub-a-dub or dancehall style riddim track in stead of the militant steppers riddim which featured on the original version. …”
Reggae Vibes
YouTube: Play Fool Fe Get Wise, Every Knew Shall Bow (& dub)