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Earth & Stone – Kool Roots (1978)

Posted in Channel One, Earth & Stone, Joseph Hoo Kim with tags , , , on April 20, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Albert Bailey and Clifton Howell were an obscure vocal duo who cut several Jamaican hit singles for Channel One producer JoJo Hookim under the name Earth & Stone in the mid-1970s. Kool Roots, which compiles most of the group’s Channel One output, was originally released in 1978 as a double album (standard vocal mixes on one LP, dub versions on the other) in a gatefold sleeve — an almost unheard-of packaging extravagance for a reggae act at the time. Little more is known about the duo, and they dropped from sight after Kool Roots was released. But the haunting single ‘In Time to Come’ has endured, and this reissue, which combines both LPs on a single CD, shows that Earth & Stone was capable of producing consistently high-quality material. Bailey and Howell’s sweet harmonies are the main attraction, but a good portion of the credit for this album’s success must also go to the Revolutionaries, Channel One’s crack house band.”

“… In 1972 Earth & Stone made their way, like so many other Jamaican artists, down to Brentford Road to work up their skills at Studio One. In 1973 they progressed to Channel One where they began to record for Jo Jo and Ernest Hookim. As was common for the time their material was a mix of lovers and roots but with the balance tipped to the cultural side. Between 1973 and 1978 tunes such as ‘Jah Will Cut You Down’ and ‘Three Wise Men’ became popular on Channel One’s Hitbound imprint. The duo of Albert Bailey and Clifton Howell created their own unique vocal interchange sound, each taking turn at lead and harmony. The ‘Kool Roots’ set was out initally in1978 and collates most of the group’s songs for the label. It’s unusual for the time in that the vocal and dub sets were released together in the UK by Cha Cha containing both albums within a gatefold sleeve, an expense not usually afforded for a reggae release. Even the artwork was well above the usual standard.”

YouTube: Holy Land Of Home, In Time To Come, Jail House Set Me Free + House of Dub Version, Three Wise Men + Knowledge Dub, Devil Must of Made You

Sammy Dread – Road Block (1982)

Posted in Channel One, Joseph Hoo Kim, Rocksteady, Sammy Dread with tags , , , on January 25, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“One of the first British reggae artists to embrace dancehall, Sammy Dread (born: Stewart Farquaharson) has continued to take a hard-edged, roughhouse, approach to reggae. While he scored minor solo hits with ‘Talk It Over’ and ‘Trying To Conquer Natty Dreadlocks’, and an album, Stereophonic, recorded with Philip Frazer in 1980, Dread’s best work has been produced in collaboration with such reggae artists as Sugar Minnot, Black Roots and InI Oneness.”

YouTube: Road Block, Jah Guide, So Long, Today, M 16, Jenny, Bad Company

YouTube: Captain’s Artist Mix – Sammy Dread – 7 & 12 Inch
– Sally – Trinity (Sonic Sounds 7 inch SS25 DSR0809), Africa – B. Alexander (Love Lite 12 inch), Come A Long Way – B. Phillips & C. Jarrett (Bebo 12 inch 90AA), What’s Going On – Sugar Minott (Youth Promotion 1981 7 inch YP006 DSR5605), Wages Of Sin (Dubplate Pre-release 10 inch), My Princess – Joe Gibbs & Errol Thompson (Errol T Records 1981 7 inch JGM4092A), Road Block (Hitbound 1982 7 inch JJ010A), Wrap Up A Draw – Sipho & Sammy Dread (Seven Leaves Records 12 inch SLD003AA)

The Revolutionaries – Revolutionary Sounds (1976)

Posted in Channel One, Dub, Herman Chin-Loy, Joseph Hoo Kim, Robbie Shakespeare, Sly Dunbar, The Revolutionaries, Tommy McCook with tags , , , , , , , on December 19, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“This Revolutionaries LP is, in my mind, an absolutely essential document of super tight, super mellow instrumental reggae. Every track is killer. Unstoppable melodies, rubbery grooves, smooth horn arrangements, subtle dub filigrees, impeccable musicianship; I could go on and on. Any fan of roots, Aggrovators style, horn driven reggae from the mid 70’s owes it to themselves to check this LP. Some tracks are instantly recognizable, like the ‘Full Up’ riddim, the Mighty Diamonds’ classic ‘I Need A Roof,’ and more, all given a timeless instrumental treatment by the best of the best. – plaidzebra
YouTube: 1. MPLA 2. Earthquake 3. Why War 4. Leftist 5. Sudden Attack 6. Angola 7. PLA 8. I Need A Roof 9. ANC 10. Right In Ah It

Ernest Wilson – I Know Myself (1975)

Posted in Dub, Ernest Wilson, Joseph Hoo Kim with tags , , on June 23, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“The former Clarendonian knows that inner peace can only be found by knowing one’s self, and lacking that insight, real love remains unattainable, but Fitzroy ‘Ernest’ Wilson knows himself, and wisely reasons with a woman to become equally self- aware so she could share the love he feels for her. ‘I Know Myself’ is a powerful number with a romantic message passionately delivered, but Wilson expands it further, reasoning that without inner peace, outer turmoil is inevitable, as the insecure and unknowing are forced to constantly prove themselves to others, which inexorably leads to violence. Know thyself is a concept dating back to the ancient Greek philosophers, but rarely has it been delivered with such resonance to a modern audience. Overseen by the HooKim brothers, and backed by an evocative rootsy accompaniment, 1975’s ‘Know’ was a masterpiece, and one of Wilson’s most extraordinary numbers.”

YouTube: Ernest Wilson – I Know Myself