Archive for August, 2016

Lee “Scratch” Perry – Black Ark in Dub (1977)

Posted in Black Ark, Lee "Scratch" Perry with tags , on August 31, 2016 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“A fine collection of early Perry dub packaged in what seems to be a semi-legit, bootleg way. This label seems to be tied in with the French label Lagoon, which has released the Perry-produced Bob Marley session (two CDs, both of them essential). This is a good selection; Perry remixes are typically audacious and crazy, but there’s little enclosed information telling you when the tracks were cut. Lack of information is an ongoing problem with Perry releases, since his entire output defies any kind of authoritative historical treatment. Still, this is worthy of your time, even if it doesn’t provide the big buzz of some of Perry’s other, more far-out experiments.”
YouTube: Black Ark in Dub 57:32

Sugar Minott– Live Loving (1978)

Posted in Coxsone Dodd, Studio One, Sugar Minott with tags , , on August 27, 2016 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“… In a scene split between toasters and deep roots, Minott had invented an entirely new style and Dodd was quick to take advantage. It was pure serendipity, or incredible forethought, that the rhythms the pair used were ones that would soon be tearing up the dancehalls. It took a few releases for the Jamaican public to catch on, but by 1978, Minott had his first hit with the single ‘Vanity.’ More quickly followed and before the year was out, he released his debut album, Live Loving, which many credit as the first true dancehall album. …”
YouTube: Live Loving (full album)

Errol “Flabba” Holt

Posted in Dub, Errol "Flabba" Holt with tags , on August 23, 2016 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“b. c. 1959, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Holt began recording in the mid-70s with Prince Far I and Ja Man. Early hits included ‘Who Have Eyes To See’, ‘Gimme Gimme’ and ‘Shark Out Deh’. In 1976 he recorded ‘A You Lick Me First’, a sound system hit that provided the foundation to the Jah Woosh hit ‘Lick Him With The Dustbin’. In the same year he was enrolled as part of Maurice Wellington’s group the Morwells. He stayed with the group until its demise in the early 80s. While with the band he performed on the hits ‘Kingston 12 Tuffy’ and ‘Africa We Want To Go’. With fellow band member Bingi Bunny he formed the Roots Radics, who became the most in-demand session band on the island. Holt also shared production credits with Gregory Isaacs for Out Deh. The band’s performance with Isaacs on his UK tour led to their being in demand to support the island’s top performers. In 1985 Roots Radics released ‘Earsay’, with Holt singing on the b-side a cover version of Delroy Wilson’s ‘I’m Not A King’.”
Radical ‘Bassa’ from Channel One: An Interview with Errol “Flabba” Holt
“The Roots Radics played the soundtrack to my youth. A group of musicians who transformed the sound of reggae in the late 1970s and early 1980s, taking the deeply orthodox roots reggae sound developed a decade earlier and slowing it down, adding a psychofunk element to it, and tightening the screws on the riddims, making each one a ballistic missile aimed straight at the heart of Babylon. Eroll ‘Flabba’ Holt formed the Radics with friend and fellow musician Eric ‘Bingy Bunny’ LaMont after stints with Rupie Edwards’ crew and as bass player for The Morwells. …”
Midnight Raver
YouTube: Congo Dread, Sufferation, My heart is in danger, Danger Zone, Yes Yes Yes (& dub), Sweet reggae music, Gimme Gimme, Ethiopia, Easy Niah Man, Red eye Dub, Innocent man, I am not a king, A you lick me first, Flabba dub, A You Lick Me First, I Won’t Commit Suicide, A you first (dub), Who have eyes to see + version, Errol Carter “Flabba Holt” – Interview