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The Kingstonians – Sufferer (1995)

Posted in Derrick Harriot with tags on April 8, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“The Kingstonians’ only album, Sufferer, was originally released on LP in 1970. Produced by Derrick Harriott, it remains a marvelous example of the Jamaican vocal trio’s approach to rocksteady and early roots reggae. Harriott and Kingstonians leader Jackie Bernard co-wrote most of the songs on the album, with two of them, ‘Singer Man’ and the bubbly (but melancholy) ‘Sufferer,’ becoming sizeable hits in Jamaica. Fans of reggae vocal trios will love this reissue from Attack Records, and while The Kingstonians broke up almost immediately after its original release, the album and its key track, ‘Sufferer,’ have had an impact that far outweighs the brief life span of the group.”

YouTube: Sufferer, Singer Man, The Clip

Derrick Harriott

Posted in Derrick Harriot, Dub with tags , on March 29, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Derrick Harriott (born Derrick Clinton Harriott, 6 February 1939, Jamaica) is a singer and record producer. He has produced recordings by Big Youth, Chariot Riders, The Chosen Few, Dennis Brown, The Ethiopians, Keith & Tex, The Kingstonians, Rudy Mills, Scotty, Sly & Revolutionaries, and Winston McAnuff. … The lyrics to his song ‘Message from a Black Man’ (circa 1970) echoed the growing black consciousness in American soul music of that time. In 1970 he issued The Crystalites’ The Undertaker, an instrumental album in a similar vein to the early music of The Upsetters. He produced successful albums by other artists, including DJ Scotty’s Schooldays, Dennis Brown’s Super Reggae and Soul Hits, and also his own 14 Chartbuster Hits. In 1971, Swing magazine named Harriott the Top Producer of 1970. He was one of the first producers to use King Tubby mixing talents at his Waterhouse studio, issuing one of the earliest dub albums, Scrub A Dub, credited to The Crystallites.”

Scrub-A-Dub 1974
YouTube: Blacker Black, Medly, Red Is Dread, Lion Dub, Dubbing The Chariot

YouTube: Do I Worry (1971), Have You Seen Her (1971)

Shame & scandal – Derrick Harriot (1966)

Posted in Derrick Harriot, Ska with tags , on September 8, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

YouTube: Shame & scandal

Derrick Harriot and Cystalites – The Undertaker (1970)

Posted in Derrick Harriot, Ska, The Ethiopians with tags , , on May 14, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Born in Kingston, Jamaica, reggae singer/producer Derrick Harriott began as a member of the Jiving Juniors (from 1958 through 1962) before embarking on his own solo career, in addition to producing other artists, including the Ethiopians, Keith, and Tex. Harriott tended to rework old R&B love songs as reggae tunes, but his best-known song, ‘The Loser,’ was an original composition. In 1971, Swing Magazine named Harriott Top Producer of 1970, as he was also one of the first to utilize the now renowned King Tubby’s recording studio. The ’70s saw the release of such solo albums as Undertaker, Songs for Midnight Lovers, and Psychedelic Lovers.”

YouTube: Bombshell, Overtaker, The Undertaker, Musical Madness, Doctor Who (Part 1)