Archive for the Delroy Wilson Category

Delroy Wilson – Don’t Look Back

Posted in Coxsone Dodd, Delroy Wilson, Dub with tags , , on July 18, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

YouTube: Don’t Look Back

Delroy Wilson – What Is Many (1976)

Posted in Coxsone Dodd, Delroy Wilson, Jack Ruby with tags , , on February 3, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

YouTube: What Is Many

Hell & Fire – Show Us The Way (1976)

Posted in Channel One, Delroy Wilson, Dub, John Holt, JoJo Hookim, Treasure Isle with tags , , , , on July 17, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Amongst the myriad acts that sprung up in the second half of the Seventies was Hell and Fire, a vocal group whose sparse canon hides some lovely cultural gems. ‘Show Us the Way’ was one of their earliest recordings, cut for Jo Jo Hookim at Channel One in 1975. Of course, at this time Hookim and his engineering brother Ernest had already laid the foundation for the studio’s supremacy in the roots age, and that’s evident here. The Hookims’s house band, The Aggrovators provided the sizzling riddim, powered by a blizzard of beats, percussion, insistent bass, and reggae guitar. Only the occasional keyboard flourish stem the rhythmic tide of this backing. But as insistent as the riddim is, Hell and Fire refuse to be rushed, they’re taking time to give thanks and praise to Jah, to ask for His blessings, and patiently waiting for Him to ‘Show Us the Way’. Their gentle, emotive vocals are beautifully juxtaposed against the simmering riddim, which gives an urgency to their prayers. A lovely cultural number.”

YouTube: Show Us The Way, Show Us The Way Version

Delroy Wilson – Rain from the Skies (1967)

Posted in Coxsone Dodd, Dancehall, Delroy Wilson, Ska, Studio One with tags , , , on June 5, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“This rocksteady gem, released in 1968, was another in the string of hits Delroy Wilson cut for Coxsone Dodd, and amongst the last; before the year was out, the star departed for greener pastures. The backing is fabulous, all throbbing bass line, bouncy guitar and piano, and smokey trombone solos, a Studio One jewel. Overhead, in a sublime performance, Wilson emotively yearns for his far-away girl, whose taken the sunshine with her, leaving him with dark skies, rain and tears. A romantic classic.”

YouTube: Rain From The Sky