Archive for July, 2017

Gregory Isaacs & the Roots Radics (BBC 1981)

Posted in Gregory Isaacs with tags on July 28, 2017 by 1960s: Days of Rage


“My favorite track by Gregory is ‘Confirm Reservation.’ The tune was written and produced by Gregory Isaacs and, perhaps more than any other tune, it showcases the brilliance of his songwriting. Upon first listen it might sound like several other Gregory tunes that have an overt lovers rock vibe, however, “Confirm Reservation” is one of Gregory’s most honest, personal and deeply spiritual tunes:
I’d really like to make you confirm reservation
So here I am with my application
I wanna be with my friends and family
Where the living is much easier for me
‘Cause in this town I can’t take the vibes no more, ah
No, Gregory is not leaving town.  He is very clearly singing about an eternity in Zion.  By the early 1980s Gregory was losing a battle against a severe cocaine addiction.  It is a demon that would eventually destroy his voice, ruin his career, and leave him dead at 59 years old.  He longs for an eternity in Zion, free from the chains of his illness…Cause in this town I can’t take the vibes no more, ah…’  … It is really such a brilliantly-written tune.  There aren’t many artists who could muster the courage to look in the mirror and tell the world what they see.  That is exactly what Gregory does here.  A very well-known reggae producer once told me that in his 30+ years in the business he met only two true geniuses.  The first is Sly Dunbar.  The other is Gregory Isaacs.  He said Gregory has a perpetual song in his head.  All he has to do is decide to write it down. This version of “Confirm Reservation” comes from the BBC Radio sessions that Gregory did in 1981 backed by the Roots Radics.  I think it sounds even better than the original 7″ mix.  In 1981 Gregory’s voice was still in top form and his vocal performance on this track is phenomenal. …”
Midnight Raver
YouTube: Confirmed Reservation / Sad to Know / Front Door / Substitute

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Prince Allah – Naw Go A Funeral + Version (1978)

Posted in Dub, Joe Gibbs with tags , on July 28, 2017 by 1960s: Days of Rage


“Keith Blake (born 10 May 1950), better known as Prince Alla (sometimes Prince Allah or Ras Allah) is a Jamaican roots reggae singer whose career began in the 1960s, and has continued with a string of releases into the 2000s. Born in St. Elizabeth, and raised in Denham Town, Kingston, Jamaica, Blake’s career began in the vocal group The Leaders with Milton Henry and Roy Palmer, who recorded three tracks for producer Joe Gibbs in the late 1960s. When The Leaders broke up, Blake continued to work with Gibbs, who issued his debut solo release, ‘Woo Oh Oh’. Blake had been interested in the Rastafari movement since he had a vision as a child, and in 1969, Blake’s Rastafarian faith saw him get heavily involved in Jamaica’s camp community, withdrawing from the music scene and living in Prince Emmanuel Edwards‘ camp at Bull Bay. …”
Wikipedia
YouTube: Naw Go A Funeral + Version

Milton Hamilton – Long Long Road / Longest Dub (1972)

Posted in Laurel Aitken, Lee "Scratch" Perry with tags , on July 22, 2017 by 1960s: Days of Rage


“Milton Hamilton used to be a member of the Classics, alongside Denzil Dennis. The group was based in the UK and recorded for both Laurel Aitken and Lee Perry (a version of ‘Cherry Oh Baby’ called ‘Cheerio Baby’ for the latter, among others.) Although the backing track for ‘Long Long Road’ came from Jamaica, the backing vocals are performed by the british group the Rudies. ‘Long Long Road’ is also featured on the Trojan sampler ’Me Nah Worry’, albeit without the dub version. There it is credited to Denzil Dennis   and Milton Hamilton whereas this 7” credits Milton Hamilton and long   time Denzil associate Pat Rhoden. To my ears this version seems a bit rougher than the one featured on the Trojan album, but that might very well be a remastering issue. The label credits Errol L. Campbell as producer, but that is actually an amalgamation of two names. …”
Pressure Beat (Audio)
YouTube: Long, Long Road + Version

Dennis Brown – Give A Helping Hand b/w Roots Rhythm (1975)

Posted in Dennis Brown with tags on July 7, 2017 by 1960s: Days of Rage


“… He was a man who loved to sing and Dennis Brown sang and he sang and he sang … it is an inarguable fact that he is responsible for more reggae classics than any other single artist in the history of Jamaican music. He was adored and emulated like no other singer and, for over twenty five years, his standing in the world of reggae was second to none but he was rarely appreciated or acknowledged by the outside world. Anyone who wants to understand reggae music only has to understand Dennis Brown… everyone in the reggae business wanted to emulate the success of Bob Marley but every reggae singer wanted to sound like Dennis Brown and his popularity with the reggae audience should serve as an explanation to what the music is all about and what it means to that audience. He loved his people and they loved him back. …”
Reggae Collector
YouTube: Give A Helping Hand b/w Roots Rhythm

Earl Sixteen – The ‘Peaceful’ Rastaman / Malcolm X (1980)

Posted in Earl Daley with tags on July 3, 2017 by 1960s: Days of Rage


“London may no longer be reggae’s capital outside Jamaica – but it has many of Jamaica’s reggae legends living in its midst. One often to be seen enjoying concerts and events by his peers is Earl Daley, better known as the singer Earl Sixteen. A seemingly ageless presence with an unblemished voice, Sixteen has been active since his teens. In the 1970s and early 80s he sang for a procession of crucial Jamaican producers including Joe Gibbs, Herman Chin-Loy, Derrick Harriott, Boris Gardner, Lee Scratch Perry, Augustus Pablo, Linval Thompson and Coxsone Dodd. Following his relocation to England in the late 80s he has been no less prolific – happily voicing for global sounds and labels spanning all sub genres of cultural reggae (and pushing past those the boundaries with guest appearances for pop and dance acts like Damon Albarn and Leftfield). …”
United Reggae – Interview: Earl 16 (2014 – Part 1), (Part 2)
Discogs
YouTube: Earl Sixteen – The ‘Peaceful’ Rastaman, Malcolm X