Archive for the Barry Brown Category

Barry Brown – From Creation / Man There (1979)

Posted in Barry Brown, Bunny Lee with tags , on August 24, 2017 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Barry Brown (c. 1962, Jamaica — 29 May 2004) was a Jamaican reggae singer, initially coming to prominence in the 1970s with his work with Bunny Lee, but remaining popular throughout his career. Barry Brown was one of a number of singers to find success in the 1970s under record producer Bunny Lee. After forming a short-lived group called The Aliens with Rod Taylor and Johnny Lee, Brown went solo. … One of the most successful artists of the early dancehall era, Brown worked with some of Jamaica’s top producers of the time, including Linval Thompson, Winston ‘Niney The Observer’ Holness, Sugar Minott and Coxsone Dodd, as well as releasing self-produced material. …  After releasing eleven albums between 1979 and 1984, Brown’s releases became more sporadic, although his work continued to feature prominently on sound systems such as those of Jah Shaka. …”
YouTube: From Creation / Man There

Barry Brown – No Wicked Shall Enter The Kingdom Of Zion, Politician (1979)

Posted in Barry Brown, Bunny Lee, Dub with tags , , on March 28, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“… Following on the heels of Johnny Clarke and Linval Thompson, youth singer Barry Brown penetrated the early dancehall scene of the late ’70s with a slue of durable roots records that today stand as evergreen gems. Like Clarke, Thompson, Sammy Dread, Rod Taylor, Sugar Minott and other popular vocalists of the day, Brown brought an immediate, street-level atmosphere to his records. His passionately raw delivery wasn’t candy-coated sweet or silky smooth. It was simple, direct, amicable and real. Listening to records like ‘No Wicked Shall Enter The Kingdom Of Zion’ and ‘Politician’ you knew this young brother wasn’t from uptown. Barry Brown was no stranger to Bunny Lee when the record producer finally agreed to record the young singer in the late ’70s. Like so many other ghetto youths yearning for an opportunity to grab a hold of the brass ring, Brown was a constant fixture along Idler’s Rest and outside King Tubby’s and Randy’s, persistently approaching Bunny Lee and other producers for a break.”
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YouTube: , Politician + King Tubby Killa Dub

Barry Brown – Love and Protection (2002)

Posted in Barry Brown, Bunny Lee, Dub, Linval Thompson with tags , , , on November 21, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“b. c.1962, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Brown’s first release was ‘Girl You’re Always On My Mind’ (produced by Bunny Lee) which had little impact. However, his militant roots-style vocals, similar to Linval Thompson, soon earned him international acclaim. In 1979 he had a hit with ‘Step It Up Youthman’, which led to an album of the same name. His success led to much Barry Brown material becoming available, including ‘Put Down Your Guns’, ‘We Can’t Live Like This’, ‘Big Big Pollution’, ‘Politician’ and ‘Conscious Girl’. By 1980 Brown’s vocals appeared on disco-mix releases with notable DJs including Jah Thomas (‘Jealous Lover’), Ranking Joe (‘Don’t Take No Steps’) and Ranking Toyan (‘Peace And Love’). Having worked with Linval Thompson on ‘Separation’ and Sugar Minott on ‘Things And Time’, Brown decided to go into self-production. …”

YouTube: Love & Protection, I Want to Get Closer, When You Love a Girl, Check Yourself, Things And Times + Dub