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Barrington Levy – Love Your Brother Man: The Early Years (2005)

Posted in Barrington Levy, Dancehall, Dub, Riddims, Studio One with tags , , , , on May 23, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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“Since acquiring Trojan’s deep catalog, Sanctuary has done a very good to excellent job with the seminal reggae label when it comes to single-artist collections. With vibrant and informative packaging, a crucial track list, and some 12” mixes that are truly stunning, Love Your Brother Man falls into the ‘excellent’ category. Covering Barrington Levy’s early years, what you have here is the blueprint for dancehall singing that held on strong up until the gruff badmen made things much more frantic in the mid-’80s. Levy took the standard roots croon and added a bouncy hiccup to it that emphasizes emotion and allowed singers a totally new, less mannered way to show off their skills. Levy made delivery much more important than pitch control; here, you can listen to how it happened. Slang-filled, feel-good numbers intermingle with righteous spiritual tracks with Levy’s effervescence holding it all together. Familiar riddims from Henry Lawes and Alvin Ranglin fill the disc with one cut from producer Whitfield Henry hinting at Levy’s digital future. Later, a confident and more cultural Levy would have bigger hits than the ones here, but Love Your Brother Man is hungry and anxious Levy. Listening to him change dancehall music is fascinating.”
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“This album showcases The Radics at their peak — sparse, dark and aggresive and it showcases Barrington’s distinctive vocal style which was so strong and influential as to go on to influence many up and coming ragga artists a few years later. Scientist, King Tubby’s and Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes are behind these stripped down primal rhythms and conscious vocal styles. It is at the heart of it, a re-issue of Levy’s earlier ‘Bounty Hunter’ album with a few extras thrown in. ‘Collie Weed’ versions Slim Smith’s ‘My Conversation’ with its hypnotic piano hook. ‘Looking My Love’ versions Cocoa T’s excellent ‘Rocking Dolly’ and is chanted over the same Studio One rhythm. ‘Bounty Hunter’ is another high point, with its monolithic linear dub and enigmatic chant about being hunted for over 2,000 years — as Style Scott’s thunderous snares collapse, tense and reform in the echo chamber. This is good music — but Trojan do not dig up any deep vault rarities here, or obscure discomix 12’s here — which is a shame, because there are a number of rarities from Barrington Levy which do need re-issue.”
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YouTube: Love Your Brother Man – The Early Years

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01. Shaolin Temple (aka Pretty Looks) (0:00) 02. I’m Not In Love (1:50) 03. Run Come Ya (4:34) 04. Black Heart Man (7:44) 05. Full Understanding (9:50) 06. Wedding Ring (12:04) 07. Whom Shall I Be Afraid Of (12:43) 08. Skylarking (16:31) 09. Love of Jah (21:17) 10. Time is So Hard (24:18) 11. Jah Life (27:17) 12. Looking My Love (30:10) 13. A Yah We Deh (34:35) 14. Ragga Muffin (37:04) 15. Under Mi Sensi (40:45) 16. Jah is With Me (44:57) 17. Many Changes in Life (48:17) 18. Poor Man Style (50:44) 19. Mary Long Tongue (53:47) 20. Lost and Found (56:21) 21. Murderer (58:27) 22. Mind You Hurt My Mom (1:02:00) 23. Now-A-Days (1:02:29) 24. Revelation (1:02:58) 25. Captivity (1:06:32) 26. Collie Weed (1:07:15) 27. Look Youthman (1:08:16) 28. 21 Girls Salute (1:11:14)

Jah Stitch – Original Ragga Muffin (1975-1977)

Posted in Barrington Levy, Big Youth, Bunny Lee, DJ, Dub, Jah Stitch, King Tubby with tags , , , , , on October 28, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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“With the great King Tubby dubbing legendary producer Bunny Lee, and the results crowned by the deejay stylings of Jah Stitch himself, Original Ragga Muffin: 1975-1977 works on multiple levels. You are able to marvel at any one element (Lee’s rugged rhythms, Tubby’s fantastic versions, Stitch’s vocals) or simply bask in the glory of the overall product. Though initially pegged as an imitator of the great Big Youth (both were once employed by Jamaica’s Tippertone sound system), Stitch clearly has his own style. Maintaining more of an even keel than Youth, Stitch works his themes through repetitive chanting, punctuating phrases with ‘Huh!’ shouts that demand your attention. On ‘African People (3 in 1),’ he presents a three-part acronym breakdown of the words ‘Africa,’ ‘Zion,’ and ‘Ethiopia’ to wonderful effect. Unfortunately, Stitch fails to main the lyrical creativity on the material that follows. But anything the deejay lacks in poetic ingenuity he makes up for in the dedication to his subjects: ‘Watch Your Step Youthman,’ ‘Sinners Repent Your Soul,’ ‘Militant Man,’ and ‘Real Born African’ being particularly revealing titles. Other highlights include two vocals over Johnny Clarke’s ‘Crazy Baldhead’ (one a humorous jibe at rival producer Joe Gibbs) and ‘No Dread Can’t Dread.’ On the latter, Stitch sounds like he’s jogging to the pace of the great, chugging rhythm, chanting ‘Natty dread a-the stal-a-wart.’ Guests include Vivian ‘Yabby U’ Jackson, who contributes two productions, and Horace Andy: Stitch follows up the singer’s great ‘Zion Gate’ vocal with his own ‘Every Wicked Have to Crawl’ discourse. The overall results of the deejay’s plain-speak over Tubby’s bass-heavy reductions create an appropriately dark, smoky atmosphere. Combined with the five Stitch cuts on Blood and Fire’s If Deejay Was Your Trade compilation, Original Ragga Muffin provides the best overview of an underrated performer.”
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YouTube: Give Jah The Glory (Burning Spear – Wadada), African People, Sinners Repent Your Soul, Militant Man, No Dread Can’t Dead, Ragga Muffin Style, Real Born African, Cool Down Youthman, Prophets & African Queen (Reverse Disco), King of the Arena

Mighty Multitudes – My Black Girl (1978)

Posted in Barrington Levy, Dobby Dobson, Dub, Duke Reid with tags , , , on April 14, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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“One of Jamaica’s most beloved singers, Dobby Dobson has had a long-running career, but his name has been permanently twinned with 1967’s self-penned ‘I’m a Loving Pauper.’ Born in Kingston in 1945, Dobson entered the music industry via the island’s popular talent show circuit. In 1960, he paired up with Chuck Josephs, and under the moniker Chuck & Dobby they cut their debut single, ‘Cool School,”‘ for Duke Reid. Over the next two years, the pair recorded a steady stream of hits.”
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YouTube: My Black Girl