Archive for the I-Roy Category

I Roy – Trust No Shadow After Dark (1979)

Posted in Bunny Lee, Channel One, I-Roy, Joe Gibbs, Riddims with tags , , , , on August 17, 2017 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“The late, great I Roy will forever be remembered for his phenomenal work for producers like Gussie Clarke, Lee Perry and Bunny Lee. Or his association with the Channel One studio. Or his famous feuds with Prince Jazzbo, which were recorded and released in a series of very entertaining records. Or maybe even for the tragic end of his life: when I Roy left this world he was suffering from ill health, was homeless and had just found out his son was killed in prison. Being the legend he was, all material recorded by the man is definitely worth checking out, but in all fairness: his greatest work was captured by other producers and he won’t be remembered for his output for Joe Gibbs. I Roy didn’t record much for Joe to begin with, a few good tunes here and there and an album produced by Bunny Lee in 1979 (which is pretty good, Johnny Clarke sings the melody parts) and that’s it. That said, this recording from 1975 is quite a gem. I Roy sounds upbeat and seems well at home riding the awkward stepping riddim, which updates the Meditations’ ‘Woman is like a shadow.’ Laughing, growling and toasting his way through the track, this makes for one of the finer obscure I Roy records out there. It’s one of those overlooked recordings that turn out a catch when you find it and makes you wonder why it isn’t featured on more compilations out there. In the case of I Roy the answer to that question might be because his back-catalogue of hits is just too large and this isn’t one of them. Don’t let that bother you, though. It makes it all the more worthwhile to track this 7 inch down. …”
Pressure Beat (Audio)
YouTube: Trust No Shadow After Dark

Junior Byles – Fade Away (1975)

Posted in I-Roy, Junior Byles with tags on December 1, 2016 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“… Although the remnants of Glen’s vocals are not as intrusive as Junior’s, he’s still in there all the way through. You can also discount I Roy’s Rootsman (Love 7″) that has what sounds like the same Junior B-side as the Jama release. And here’s another couple to stay clear of (I know negative responses don’t help much, but they might stop you getting excited for no reason if you spot these on the Net!). Jahmali – Long Long Time – A killer updated vocal of the tune in its own right. But despite having ‘Fade Away’ written on the B-side, it’s a completely unconnected rhythm. Horace Andy – ‘Fade Away’ – despite claiming to have Prince Jazzbo on the flip, this one is a genuine dub! Unfortunately it’s not the one you want but an updated digi-version. Never mind, I’ll carry on thinking and searching… – Dubac”
Blood and Fire
YouTube: Junior Byles-Fade Away, The Upsetters-Version, I Roy-Rootsman Time

I Roy – Padlock (1975)

Posted in DJ, I-Roy with tags , on March 25, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

YouTube: Padlock

Welton Irie / Sylford Walker – Ghettoman Corner (1979)

Posted in Dancehall, DJ, Dub, Glen Brown, I-Roy, King Tubby, Riddims with tags , , , , , , on December 27, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Welton Irie nices up the ‘Ghettoman Corner’ on the title track to his 1979 Glen Brown produced and King Tubby mixed album. Recouping once again the money he laid out for Lloyd Parks’ seminal ‘Slaving’ single, for the title track Brown oversees yet another fabulous cut on the riddim. There again, ‘Slaving’ was good enough to support them all, with this version remixed by King Tubby in steppers style. Obviously thrilled with the result, Irie lets loose with a superb stream of consciousness toast that’s as propulsive as the riddim itself. Bouncing from cultural themes to the religious realm, Irie bustles about, pumping up the excitement, even when he inexplicably tosses in a counting song that sends ever more men to mow a meadow. ‘Corner’ was a DJ spectacular, inevitably entitling the DJ’s 1979 Brown produced album.”

YouTube: Ghettoman Corner, Black Man Get Up Tan Up Pon Foot (Give Jah The Glory) b/w King Tubby’s – Version, Sylford Walker-Chant Down Babylon, Welton Irie-Ghettoman Corner, I Roy-Black Man Time, Money Man Skank, Mr Irie, Greetings, Give Jah The Glory

Johnny Clarke – Don’t Trouble Trouble (1989)

Posted in Bunny Lee, Dancehall, Dub, I-Roy, Johnny Clarke, King Tubby, The Aggrovators, The Revolutionaries, U-Roy with tags , , , , , , , , on September 25, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Over the years, a plethora of roundups from this formidable artist have hit the streets of Jamaica, Britain, Europe, and the U.S., all dedicated exclusively to the singer’s recordings for producer Bunny Lee. Invariably there’s some repetition, but so many singles did Johnny Clarke unleash under Lee’s aegis, there’s more than enough to go around. Inevitably there were some duds amid the barrage of hits, but the bulk of the material is of such high quality that fans really can’t go wrong. With that said, Don’t Trouble Trouble still rises to the top of the compilation pile. With copious hindsight — the set was released in 1989, the British Attack label was able to choose tracks not based on the hottest sounds of the time, but those that were the most enduring. Nicely balanced between cultural concerns, romantic interests, and dancehall bravado, the set presents a particularly well-rounded picture of this crucial artist. Although it’s still only a partial one, as Trouble troubles only to pull from the period 1975-1976, early in Clarke’s partnership with Lee, equally great numbers were still to come. …”

YouTube: Revolutionary – Don’t Trouble Trouble, Johnny Clarke – Dont Trouble Trouble, Rock With Me Baby, Cold I up (Jaguar) 7″, johnny clarke & king tubby cold it up dub, Creation rebel + straight to the spear’s head (1975 Justice), Too Much War + U-Roy, Do You Love Me? + Aggrovators – Do You Dub Me, Since I Fell For You, Doing My Thing +King Tubby The Dub Ruler, Bring It On Home To Me+Aggrovators Bring It On Home To Me-version, You keep on running, They never love poor marcus, Johnny Clarke & King Tubby – Poor Marcus Dub, Stop the Tribal War, Johnny Clarke & U Brown No More Tribal War / Stop Tribal War ~ Dubwise Selecta Reggae

Prince Jazzbo Classic – Good Memories (1977)

Posted in Bunny Lee, Coxsone Dodd, Dancehall, DJ, I-Roy, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Prince Jazzbo, Studio One with tags , , , , , , , on July 14, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Prince Jazzbo began recording with Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One label in the early 1970s. He went on to work on his own releases with Bunny Lee, producing as well in collaboration with many artists as a vocalist and producer for labels including his own, Ujama. Prince Jazzbo and fellow toaster I-Roy had a well reported, but friendly and mutually beneficial on-record clash during 1975, including the cuts ‘Straight to Jazzbo’s Head’ from I-Roy and the retort, ‘Straight to I-Roy’s Head’ from Prince Jazzbo.”
YouTube: Good Memories

Lloyd Parks – Slaving + Version (1973)

Posted in Glen Brown, I-Roy, Lloyd Parks with tags , , , on June 30, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

YouTube: Slaving + version (I-Roy)

I’m In the Mood For Love – I Roy & The Heptones (1972)

Posted in I-Roy, Ska, The Heptones with tags , , on April 30, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

YouTube: I’m In the Mood For Love – I Roy & The Heptones

I Roy – Padlock (1975)

Posted in I-Roy with tags on April 18, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

YouTube: Padlock

Gussie Presenting I-Roy (1973)

Posted in DJ, Dub, I-Roy with tags , , on February 16, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“In reality, by the time Gussie Presenting I-Roy arrived, the DJ needed no introduction — he was already one of the hottest toasters on the scene. This, his debut album, was virtually a hits collection, and any tracks that weren’t hits would be soon enough. Initially seen as little more than copying his bigger brethren, I-Roy had swiftly developed into a mature and distinctive talent. His conversational style was far removed from his contemporaries, as his powerful toast on ‘Black Man’s Time’ perfectly illustrated. That song is the album’s centerpiece, and was produced by Gussie Clarke. Built around the ‘Slaving’ rhythm, it opened with a long spoken intro, unique at the time. …”

YouTube: Peace – (Presenting I Roy) , Red Gold & Green, Black Man Time, Smile like an angel, Screw Face, The First Cut Is The Deepest, Tourism Is My Business, Tripe Girl, Cow Town Skank, Lloyd parks – slaving + version extended