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Junior Byles – Fade Away (1975)

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

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“… 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

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Junior Byles – 129 Beat Street: Ja-Man Special 1975-1978 (1998)

Posted in Black Ark, House of Music, Junior Byles, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Pablo Moses, Rastafarians, Studio One with tags , , , , , , on May 20, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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“A collection of four Junior Byles tracks from his post-Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry era and seven tracks from lesser-known artists like Rupert Reid, Pablo Moses and others, 129 Beat Street highlights some of the best cuts from the little-known House of Music studio operated by Dudley ‘Manzie’ Swaby and Leroy ‘Bunny’ Hollett. In addition to that unifying theme, all the classic roots tracks are held together by thumping bass, exquisite singing and strongly conscious Rastafarian messages. While most of the reggae from the same era came from such big name studios as Black Ark and Studio One, this compilation demonstrates that the supply of talent in Jamaica was extremely pervasive, as is clearly evident on standout tracks like ‘Chant Down Babylon,’ ‘See the Dread Deh’ and ‘Remember Me.'”
allmusic

“In America the releases of the Blood and Fire label from England have been received as something like the holy grail as most of this music – some of Jamaica’s finest – was previously unavailable to anyone but diehard 7″ fanatics, an increasingly internecine community of curmudgeons and control freaks that includes some of my best friends. Junior Byles and Friends – 129 Beat Street : Ja-Man Special 1975 – 1978 might seem like a cumbersome title, especially for a CD that has only four Junior Byles cuts, but they are four cuts previously available only on 7″ and include the sublime ‘Remember Me’ and the glorious ‘Pitchy Patchy’ (and are generally offered in extended mixes that incorporate the B-side dub sections) so I’m not complaining. Bonus points offered for the inclusion of Pablo Moses’ ‘One People’ and Bim Sherman’s ‘Mighty Ruler’, both must-own knockout tracks and both also offered in extended mixes.”
Blood And Fire

Junior Byles
“Kerrie Byles (born July 17, 1948 in Kingston, Jamaica), also known as ‘Junior Byles’, ‘Chubby’, or ‘King Chubby’, is a Jamaican reggae singer. …”
Wikipedia

YouTube: Junior Byles & Rupert Reid – Chant Down Babylon, Dave Robinson – My Homeland, Remember Me (Extended), Bim Sherman – Mighty ruler, Pitchy Patchy, Know Where You’re Going, U Brown – So Long, Rupert Reid – See The Dread Deh

Junior Byles – Beat Down Babylon: The Upsetter Years (1971)

Posted in Dub, Junior Byles, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace, Lloyd Parks, The Upsetters with tags , , , , , on March 8, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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“After two albums and a series of highly successful singles, the Wailers, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry‘s most dynamic group, decided to strike out on their own in 1971. A further blow was served to the producer months later when Aston and Carlton Barrett, his formidable rhythm section, joined them. Perry subsequently turned to his vast network of musical associates to build a new session outfit. These players, including bassists Val Douglas and Lloyd Parks and drummer Leroy ‘Horsemouth’ Wallace, would cut the next series of classic Upsetter rhythms. The first years of the 1970s found Perry working closely with Junior Byles, the singer who would temporarily fill the gap left by Marley. From the moment Douglas and the Now Generation band backed the singer on ‘Beat Down Babylon’ in 1971, Scratch ensured that nothing but the finest rhythms were sent his way. Beat Down Babylon: The Upsetter Years includes the whole of Byles‘ excellent 1972 debut, adding classic singles from the same period, including ‘King of Babylon,’ ‘Pharaoh Hiding,’ and the sublime ‘Curly Locks.’ Byles has a soulful delivery that is probably rooted in the church services he attended as a child. It’s the perfect vehicle for expressing his concerns as a young Rasta and a member of Jamaican society.  …’
allmusic

YouTube: Beat Down Babylon, Fun and Games, Da-Da (Discomix), Pharaoh Hiding – Hail To Power, I’ve Got A Feeling, Coming Again, CURLY LOCKS, Fever