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Cornell Campbell – I Shall Not Remove: 1975-1980

Posted in Augustus Pablo, Bunny Lee, Cornel Campbell, Dr. Alimantado with tags , , , on February 27, 2017 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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“Most Blood & Fire releases should be considered essential purchases for any fan of golden-era reggae, but this one is even better than most. Cornel Campbell is one of the best reggae singers ever recorded — a sweet-toned falsettist with effortless intonation and a cool, assured delivery that is incredibly easy on the ear. The centerpiece of this collection is the three-part ‘Gorgon’ series of singles produced by the legendary Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee, all featuring the ‘flying cymbals’ style of drumming popular at the time. ‘The Gorgon’ having been a huge hit, it was followed quickly by ‘The Gorgon Speaks’ and ‘The Conquering Gorgon,’ all three of which are presented here (the first two in extended versions, the second in its original version and then again in a Rastafarian variation titled ‘Lion of Judah’). Almost equally important, though, are ‘Natty Dread in a Greenwich Town’ (an answer record to Bob Marley’s ‘Natty Dread’) and ‘Dance in a Greenwich Town,’ the latter in a megamix format that incorporates a deejay version by Dr. Alimantado and a dub version mixed by King Tubby. But really, just about every track reaches the same standard — there is not a single weak cut or boring moment on this spectacular album.”
allmusic

“In a scene blessed with great voices, Cornell Campbell’s distinctive tenor / falsetto is one of the best-loved. Having made classics like ‘Stars’ and ‘Queen Of The Minstrels’ for Coxsone, Cornell went on to become even more successful with hitmaker Bunny Lee in the 1970s. Included in this compilation are hits like ‘Natty Dread In A Greenwich Town’, ‘Bandulu’ and the complete ‘Gorgon’ song series. Deejays Dr Alimantado and the late Ranking Dread also make guest appearances. This collection covers the period when Cornell Campbell was recording under the great Bunny Lee, pioneer of the percussion-driven flying-cymbal sound. Lee Scratch Perry and Augustus Pablo may have been making names for themselves overseas, but this is the sound that was lighting up Kingston dancehalls in the mid-Seventies. Balmy old rhythms reappropriated, revamped and revitalised in true Jamaican style; hi-hats hissing like snakes in Eden; and Campbell’s achingly tender, almost hymnal, voice.”
Blood and Fire

YouTube: I Shall Not Remove, Two Face Rasta, The Gorgon Speaks, Dance In A Greenwich Farm

Dr. Alimantado – Best Dressed Chicken in Town (1978)

Posted in DJ, Dr. Alimantado, Dub, King Tubby, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Scientist with tags , , , , , on October 23, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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“One-of-a-kind Jamaican DJ Dr. Alimantado found unexpected fame with U.K. punks after Johnny Rotten bestowed his blessings. The hoopla was certainly warranted based on the high quality of his mid-’70s sides, several of which are included on Best Dressed Chicken in Town. Handling production chores himself, Alimantado enlisted top reggae engineers and producers like Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, King Tubby, and Scientist to add their own alchemy to the mix. The dub-inflected tracks and Alimantado’s idiosyncratic musings prove a potent combination, especially on standouts like ‘Poison Flower’ (a version of a Horace Andy vocal), the Rasta vengeance number ‘I Killed the Barber,’ and the comically over-the-top title cut. Other highlights include the bubbly ‘Unitone Skank,’ as well as the album’s two instrumentals: a predictably bizarre and brilliant Scratch mix, ‘I Am the Greatest Says Muhammed Ali,’ and the Duke Reid homage ‘Tribute to Duke’ (based on Slim Smith’s incredible rendition of the Billy Stewart soul gem ‘Sitting in the Park’). Completing this very enjoyable disc are sampled vocals by Gregory Isaacs and Jackie Edwards, the musical contributions of great Kingston studio outfits like the Aggrovators, and, finally, the tableau-like cover photo of Alimantado walking the sunny streets of downtown Kingston. Along with other unique dub and DJ titles like Mikey Dread’s African Anthem, Best Dressed Chicken in Town is a must for reggae enthusiasts.”
allmusic

Best Dressed Chicken in Town is the debut album by Jamaican deejay Dr. Alimantado. It was first released in 1978, and collects many of his self-produced singles from 1972 to 1977, employing the engineering talents of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, King Tubby, and Scientist. It was the first album released by Greensleeves Records, and found favour with followers of both reggae and punk rock in the United Kingdom. …”
Wikipedia

YouTube: Best Dressed Chicken in Town, Born For A Purpose, Poison Flour, I Killed The Barber, I Am The Greatest Says Muhammed Ali