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Inner Circle – Heavyweight Dub/Killer Dub (1999)

Posted in Bunny Lee, Dub, Inner Circle, Jacob Miller with tags , , , on November 26, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

Inner Circle -Heavyweight Dub + Killer dub(CD 1999)
“This disc is comprised of two dub albums released by Inner Circle in 1978. At that point, Inner Circle was more popular in Jamaica than Bob Marley & the Wailers. Their singer, Jacob Miller, was already famous for songs like ‘Tenement Yard’ and ‘Tired fe Lick Weed in a Bush.’ Most of the rhythms from which these dub tracks are derived were originally released on the albums Killer Miller and Wanted; they were dubbed by Maximilian at the Channel One studio and by Prince Jammy at King Tubby’s. On the program are dub versions of ‘Land Called Home’ (rendered here as ‘Addis Ababa Rock’), ‘Killer Miller’ (‘Killer Dub’), and ‘Standing Firm’ (‘Frelimo’), among others — in typical Blood & Fire fashion, the liner notes specify most of the relationships between dub and vocal versions. It’s too bad that more of Miller’s vocals weren’t left in some of these mixes, but the rhythms themselves are rock-solid and Prince Jammy’s dub treatments are particularly sharp.”
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“The latest Blood and Fire issue collects two fine dub albums -both released in 1978- made by Inner Circle. During that period the band were extremely poular on the island, even exceeding the popularity of Bob Marley and The Wailers. They started out 30 years ago -in 1969-, incorporating future members of Third World, Ibo Cooper and Cat Coore. The foundation members were the brothers Ian Monteith Lewis on bass, and Roger Lewis on guitars. Their initial chart succes came in 1971 with the recording of Eric Donaldson’s Song Festival tune ‘Cherry Oh Baby’, a tune produced by Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee. Further chart succes was achieved with the recording of Eric Donaldson’s ‘Love Of The Common People’. In 1973, as Third World formed, they recruited a new drummer and keyboard player. With Jacob ‘Killer’ Miller as lead vocalist they began a run of success that only ended with Jacob’s untimely death in a car crash in 1980. Their collaboration with producer Tommy Cowan resulted in the release of several albums of mainly covers. In 1976 they signed to Capital Records who released two albums ‘Reggae Thing’ and ‘Ready For The World’ that caught the band trying to make headway in the US market they would eventually conquer after Jacob’s death. Meanwhile they released a string of Jamaican hits like ‘Tenement Yard’, Forward Jah Jah Children’ and Tired Fe Lick Weed Inna Bush’. The signing up to Island Records in 1977 led to the release of the album ‘Everything Is Great’.
The dub cuts found here were mainly drawn from Jacob Miller’s more heavy, rootsy albums issued on the Top ranking label, ‘Killer Miller’ and ‘Wanted’. …”
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YouTube: 1. Copper Bullet 2. Fidel At The Control 3. General Amin 4. Frelimo 5. Down Rhodesia 6. Bad Reputation 7. Peace Time Now 8. Too Much War 9. Unempolyment Rock 10. Massacre 11. Release Dub 12. Careless Dub 13. Dread At The Control 14. Meditation Rock 15. Rock For Ever 16. Shaky Dub 17. All Babylonians 18. Killer Dub 19. Addis Ababa Rock

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Roots Rock Reggae (1977)

Posted in Bob Marley and the Wailers, Inner Circle, Jimmy Cliff, Joe Higgs, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Robbie Shakespeare, Ska, Sly Dunbar, The Black Ark, The Mighty Diamonds, The Upsetters, Third World, U-Roy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 22, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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“‘Roots Rock Reggae’ depicts an unforgettable moment in Jamaica’s history when music defined the island’s struggles and immortalised its heroes. Director Jeremy Marre films Bob Marley and the Wailers, and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry record in his legendary Black Ark studio with The Upsetters. Jimmy Cliff rehearses with Sly and Robbie, while Inner Circle’s historic live gig is recorded on the violent Kingston streets. The legendary Abyssinians harmonise their haunting Rastafarian songs; Joe Higgs (formerly Bob Marley’s teacher) plays and talks; majestic toaster U Roy raps alongside The Mighty Diamonds, and Third World record in a Kingston studio. There is also early archive footage of Toots and the Maytals, and Haile Selessie’s royal visit to Jamaica while police and thieves battle it out on the streets, and the ghettos erupt in violence.”
YouTube: Roots Rock Reggae