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Dee-Jay Explosion Inna Dancehall Style (1982)

Posted in Dancehall, DJ, Gussie Clarke with tags , , on July 26, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Significantly expanding on the original LP’s 12 cuts, the CD issue of Dee-Jay Explosion offers 21 sides featuring several top early-’80s dancehall DJs live. Cut at the popular Skateland Roller Disco in Kingston, this Heartbeat collection captures reggae toasters in their element: in front of a very enthusiastic crowd and backed by one of the top sound systems on the island. In this case, it’s the famous Gemini Disco crew who provide the sounds, while original DJ Big Youth acts as host — special mention should also go to producer Gussie Clarke, who taped the proceedings for posterity. So, with all the ‘back room’ credits out of the way, one can enjoy the likes of Eek-A-Mouse, Brigadier Jerry, Sister Nancy, Trinity, Yellowman, and Michigan & Smiley expertly working their way through some vintage Studio One rhythms, all the while touching on politics, Rasta business, sex, violence, poverty, and dancehall culture. Considering its rawness, though, Dee-Jay Explosion is best suited for seasoned fans, not those looking for an introduction to Jamaican DJ culture.”


YouTube: Brigadier Jerry : Going down to Texas, Ganja Clash -Welton Irie, Errol Scorcher – Wife And Sweetheart, Prince Mohammed – Turn Me On, Lee Van Cliff & Ranking Toyan ” Go Down Moses , Go Down & Dreadlocks Party”

Dennis Brown / Gregory Isaacs – No Contest (1989)

Posted in Dancehall, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Gussie Clarke with tags , , , on January 6, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

No Contest? Of course it wasn’t. Everybody’s a winner here on Dennis Brown and Gregory Isaacs’ follow-up to Judge Not. Five years had passed in the interim; digitized rhythms now ruled the dancehalls, and few offered up such sizzling ones as Gussie Clarke, who oversaw both sets. And what made this new album particularly enticing is that appended the superb dub to each vocal track. The duo’s “Big All Around” proved to be just that, as the pair pay tribute to the reign of the raggamuffins, and were rewarded with a dancehall smash, while the fiery dub incinerated all before it. Incidentally, Isaacs recorded a fine solo version of this number for Clarke this same year for his I.O.U. album, and then revived it in later years under the title ‘Raggamuffin.’ The driving ‘Easy Life’ is nearly as good, as the men test their girls’ fidelity and the backing band steamroll across the rhythm. ‘Jealousy,’ another song that Isaacs would take solo, is equally intense, with an almost malevolent atmosphere licking around the grooves, while the duo strut their most impassioned vocals. ‘Why Cry’ is more sophisticated but less infectious, yet still showcases the pair’s emotive styles. Isaacs drew the short straw, and thus only receives two solo tracks, but the buoyant ‘Open Up’ more than makes up for that, with a strong performance from the singer, backed by gorgeous rocksteady-esque harmonies. Brown, meanwhile, is at his most soulful on ‘I’ll Make It Up to You,’ gives a timely warning of the dangers of club life on the disco-fied ‘Neon Lights Flashing,’ but is at his most powerful on the passionate ‘No Camouflage,’ where Clarke makes an old roots rhythm new, and vividly proves that ragga can be very dread indeed. It’s a superb set, and between Clarke’s inspired rhythms — laid down by the likes of the Browne brothers, Robbie Lyn and Dwight Pinkney, and the duo’s superb performances, No Contest is a knock-out.”

YouTube: No Camouflage, Love Me or Leave Me, Jealousy, Easy Life, Neon Lights Flashing, Big All Around, Why Cry