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Wailing Souls – Very Well / Very Well Version (1978)

Posted in Channel One, Dub, JoJo Hookim, Wailing Souls with tags , , , on July 6, 2016 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Wailing Souls’ ‘Very Well’, all-time epic roots reggae, and as impassioned a song about repatriation as ever sung. This 12-inch reissue replaces the B-side ‘Fire Coal Man’ from the original release with a full extended dub of ‘Very Well’!”
Reggae Fever
YouTube: Very Well / Very Well Version

Black Uhuru – Sun Is Shining (1977)

Posted in Black Uhuru, Bob Marley and the Wailers, Dub, JoJo Hookim, Michael Rose, Prince Jammy, Robbie Shakespeare, Sly Dunbar with tags , , , , , , , on January 6, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“By the time Black Uhuru had linked with producer JoJo Hookim they had already released their debut album, cut for Prince Jammy. Within, the group covered Bob Marley’s ‘Natural Mystic,’ which was subsequently spun off as a single. It was not a great success, as Jammy’s bright, melodic productions, while enjoyable, did not really suit the group’s vision. Hookim now had the group tackle a second Marley-penned song, ‘Sun Is Shining,’ to much more effect. The producer had a sparser sound, much less reliant on melody, which in a way, foreshadowed Sly & Robbie’s later even more militant productions with Uhuru. While both producers used the Revolutionaries as their backing band, Hookim placed the rhythm section upfront in the mix, and the taut beats, clopping percussion, and a fat bass line all power the single. A riffing guitar reverberates in the background, a lush organ slinks through with a haunting passage, a piano enters this bleak vista and plays a few bars. Stepping into this melancholy landscape Black Uhuru, or more accurately, Black Sounds Uhuru, as they were then known, give a performance that owed nothing to the Wailers, but does pay subtle homage to Motown. ‘Sun’ was one of a number of Black Uhuru songs which provided the template for the Waterhouse singing style, as Michael Rose forgoes pitch for passion. Behind him Ducky Simpson and Errol Nelson re-create the harmonies of the ’60s. It was a startling convergence of roots and pop, and while this 1979 single was only marginally more successful than their ones with Jammy, it signposted the way to their future sound and status.”

YouTube: Sun Is Shining, Sun Is Shining Version 7″, Bob Marley – Sun Is Shining

Hell & Fire – Show Us The Way (1976)

Posted in Channel One, Delroy Wilson, Dub, John Holt, JoJo Hookim, Treasure Isle with tags , , , , on July 17, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Amongst the myriad acts that sprung up in the second half of the Seventies was Hell and Fire, a vocal group whose sparse canon hides some lovely cultural gems. ‘Show Us the Way’ was one of their earliest recordings, cut for Jo Jo Hookim at Channel One in 1975. Of course, at this time Hookim and his engineering brother Ernest had already laid the foundation for the studio’s supremacy in the roots age, and that’s evident here. The Hookims’s house band, The Aggrovators provided the sizzling riddim, powered by a blizzard of beats, percussion, insistent bass, and reggae guitar. Only the occasional keyboard flourish stem the rhythmic tide of this backing. But as insistent as the riddim is, Hell and Fire refuse to be rushed, they’re taking time to give thanks and praise to Jah, to ask for His blessings, and patiently waiting for Him to ‘Show Us the Way’. Their gentle, emotive vocals are beautifully juxtaposed against the simmering riddim, which gives an urgency to their prayers. A lovely cultural number.”

YouTube: Show Us The Way, Show Us The Way Version

The Revolutionaries – Reaction In Dub (1978)

Posted in Dub, JoJo Hookim, Robbie Shakespeare, Rockers, Sly Dunbar, Studio One, The Revolutionaries with tags , , , , , , on May 13, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

YouTube: Tnt, Reaction Dub, Atom Bomb, Nuclear, Megaton, Peace

“The Revolutionaries (sometimes known as ‘Revolutionaires’) is a Jamaican reggae band. Set up in 1975 as the house band of the Channel One Studios owned by Joseph Hoo Kim, The Revolutionaries with Sly Dunbar on drums and Robbie Shakespeare on bass, created the new ‘rockers’ style that would change the whole Jamaican sound (from roots reggae to rockers, and be imitated in all other productions.”

I Need a Roof – The Mighty Diamonds (1979)

Posted in Channel One, Dub, JoJo Hookim, Marcus Garvey, Mighty Diamonds, U-Roy with tags , , , , , on February 23, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“A patchwork quilt of a song, but one so skillfully stitched together that the result is a flowing blanket of great beauty. The Revolutionaries lay down a rockers-style accompaniment, even as the brass section solos with ‘Ol’ Man River.’ That wouldn’t be so odd if the Mighty Diamonds weren’t at the same time refraining parts of the melody from ‘Right Time.’ Donald ‘Tabby’ Shaw is praying for a roof over his head and bread on his table, recalling Marcus Garvey’s words along the way. The lyrics are simple, but Shaw’s impassioned delivery and Fitzroy ‘Bunny’ Simpson and Lloyd ‘Judge’ Ferguson’s ephemeral harmonies imbue the song with soul. Producer JoJo Hookim pulls it all together, and the result is a melody-drenched, bouncy yet moody single that was another major Jamaican hit for the group from 1975. Although not released as a single in the U.K., it was bundled onto the group’s debut album the following year.”
allmusic (Video)

YouTube: I Need A Roof b/w Version, U Roy Feat The Mighty Diamonds – I Need A Roof (2001)