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Earth & Stone – Kool Roots (1978)

Posted in Channel One, Earth & Stone, Joseph Hoo Kim with tags , , , on April 20, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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“Albert Bailey and Clifton Howell were an obscure vocal duo who cut several Jamaican hit singles for Channel One producer JoJo Hookim under the name Earth & Stone in the mid-1970s. Kool Roots, which compiles most of the group’s Channel One output, was originally released in 1978 as a double album (standard vocal mixes on one LP, dub versions on the other) in a gatefold sleeve — an almost unheard-of packaging extravagance for a reggae act at the time. Little more is known about the duo, and they dropped from sight after Kool Roots was released. But the haunting single ‘In Time to Come’ has endured, and this reissue, which combines both LPs on a single CD, shows that Earth & Stone was capable of producing consistently high-quality material. Bailey and Howell’s sweet harmonies are the main attraction, but a good portion of the credit for this album’s success must also go to the Revolutionaries, Channel One’s crack house band.”
allmusic

“… In 1972 Earth & Stone made their way, like so many other Jamaican artists, down to Brentford Road to work up their skills at Studio One. In 1973 they progressed to Channel One where they began to record for Jo Jo and Ernest Hookim. As was common for the time their material was a mix of lovers and roots but with the balance tipped to the cultural side. Between 1973 and 1978 tunes such as ‘Jah Will Cut You Down’ and ‘Three Wise Men’ became popular on Channel One’s Hitbound imprint. The duo of Albert Bailey and Clifton Howell created their own unique vocal interchange sound, each taking turn at lead and harmony. The ‘Kool Roots’ set was out initally in1978 and collates most of the group’s songs for the label. It’s unusual for the time in that the vocal and dub sets were released together in the UK by Cha Cha containing both albums within a gatefold sleeve, an expense not usually afforded for a reggae release. Even the artwork was well above the usual standard.”
Pressure

YouTube: Holy Land Of Home, In Time To Come, Jail House Set Me Free + House of Dub Version, Three Wise Men + Knowledge Dub, Devil Must of Made You

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