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Welton Irie / Sylford Walker – Lamb’s Bread International (1977)

Posted in Dancehall, DJ, Dub, Glen Brown, Greensleeves, King Tubby, Silford Walker, Sylford Walker, Welton Irie with tags , , , , , , , on September 15, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Sylford Walker is one of the more unjustly neglected reggae singers of the late ’70s. A member of producer Glen Brown’s small but illustrious stable, he recorded a string of fine, if not very commercially successful, singles during that period using some of the excellent instrumental tracks with which Brown had made himself famous among reggae fans. The best of those sides were compiled on the album Lamb’s Bread in 1990, which was released on the Greensleeves label in the U.K. and on Shanachie in the U.S., and promptly sank without a trace. At around the same time that Walker was recording for Brown, a little-known DJ named Welton Irie was toasting over dub versions of many of the same rhythms, and he later made use of some of Walker’s own performances. Welton’s performances would soon be collected on the album Ghettoman Corner. Lamb’s Bread International includes some of the best material from both of those albums: the title track is Welton Irie’s exceptional DJ version of Walker’s ‘Lamb’s Bread,’ while ‘Rolling Stone’ is, if anything, an even better version of Walker’s ‘Give Thanks and Praise to Jah.’ Perhaps best of all is the pairing of the rockers classic ‘Deuteronomy’ with its DJ version, the very heavy ‘Black Man Get Up Tan Up Pon Foot.’ The dub versions are all by King Tubby, which should be all the additional encouragement any reggae fan needs. Highly recommended.”
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“After Blood & Fire had released the deadly Glen Brown dub set ‘Termination Dub’ many revive fans were eagerly awaiting to release of a set with the original vocals to the King Tubby’s mixed drum and bass tracks contained therein. After three years Blood & Fire have finally compiled an album shared between roots singer Sylford Walker and deejay Welton Irie that does just that. And although most of these tracks have been available on prior collections from labels like Greensleeves Records, Shanachie and the producer’s own ‘Pantomime’, ‘Lambs Bread International’ is indispensable as Sylford Walker’s “Lamb’s Bread” and Welton Irie’s ‘Ghettoman Corner’ are no longer obtainable. Glen Brown emerged in the sixties as a vocalist with Sonny Bradshaw’s jazz group, but it was in the first half of the seventies that he established himself as a producer with a run of hits. Glen Brown, the ‘rhythm master’, became a sort of cult figure, not only due to his ability to create highly original, supremely tough riddims, but also because his tunes were often pressed in tiny quantities with labels re-used from previous releases, or occasionally on blank labels. …”
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YouTube: Lambs Bread International b/w Leggo The Herb Man Dub, Eternal Day (extended), Give Thanks & Praise To Jah / Welton Irie – Rolling Stone, Deuteronomy, Lambs Bread b/w Dub In African, Chant down Babylon, My father’s home land, Hear My Plea

The Wailing Souls – Fire House Rock (1980)

Posted in Greensleeves, Studio One, Wailing Souls with tags , , on September 11, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Talk about a triple threat: first you have the (by this point well-established and effortlessly professional) Wailing Souls, one of the greatest of the cultural harmony groups; then you have the Roots Radics, the studio band that almost single-handedly defined the new dancehall reggae sound in the early ’80s; and to make everything perfect, you have the unassailable team of producer Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes (who can claim equal status with the Roots Radics as a dancehall pioneer) and engineer Hopeton ‘Scientist’ Brown. The result is 1991’s Firehouse Rock, one of the finest reggae albums of all time; one which combines the Wailing Souls top-notch songwriting and harmony singing with the absolute best in studio accompaniment — there may never be another reggae band with a sound as rock-ribbed as that of the Roots Radics. Each track is a highlight in its own way, but pay particular attention to the title track, the gently rolling ‘Who Lives It,’ and the smoky, apocalyptic ‘Kingdom Rise Kingdom Fall’.”

YouTube: Fire House Rock, Kingdom Rise Kingdom Fall, Act Of Affection

YouTube: The Wailing Souls-Fire House Rock (Full LP)
0:01 Fire House Rock 4:14 Run Dem Down 7:26 Oh What a Feeling 12:27 Kingdom Rise Kingdom Fall 16:32 Act of Affection 19:14 Busnah 23:21 A Fool Will Fall 27:43 Bandits Taking Over 32:28 Who Lives It 36:22 See Baba Joe

The Biggest Danehall Anthems 1979 – 1982 (2002)

Posted in Dancehall, Greensleeves with tags , on July 23, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“This compilation serves as a comprehensive musical history lesson into the foundation of dancehall music. The release of this double whammy collection could not be better timed as it coincides with Jamaica celebrating its 40th Independence. For anyone who started listening and collecting dancehall music from the late eighties to the present time, this album will surely fill some of the missing gaps you may have in your collection, the only problem will be convincing your peers that you have the original vinyl, because the standard crackles have been removed from the tracks. Featured on this album we have greats like Barrington Levy, John Holt, Clint Eastwood and Nicodemus to name a few. Highlights include General Echo’s ‘Bathroom Sex’, in which he uses a lyrical comedy style, and Ranking Dread’s 1981 No 1 classic smash, ‘Fattie Boom Boom’. To all of you dancehall sound clash fans; we have the original ‘Gunman’ by legendary Michael Prophet.”

Spotify: by Barrington Levy. 01 Fally Ranking 03:49, 02 Shine Eye Gal 02:47, 03 Firehouse Rock 04:12, 04 Bathroom Sex 04:08, 05 Ice Cream Love 3:23.