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Gregory Isaacs – Soon Forward (1979)

Posted in Dancehall, Dub, Gregory Isaacs, Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace, Robbie Shakespeare with tags , , , , on July 6, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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“One of the most crucial albums by reggae singing legend Gregory Isaacs, Soon Forward features an all-star lineup that includes the quintessential Sly and Robbie rhythm section as well as Dennis Brown on backing vocals. With all but one track produced by Isaacs himself, the sticky subtleties of instrumental dub resonate with a trance-inducing effect. Known for the pained purity of his vocal tone, Isaacs graces the microphone with every passing phrase. As he covers romantic territory on classic songs such as ‘Lonely Girl’ and ‘Soon Forward,’ the Cool Ruler also sets fire to cultural themes on songs such as ‘Universal Tribulation’ and ‘Black Liberation Struggle.’ Originally released in 1979, Soon Forward stands casually at the crossroads of roots reggae, dub, and dancehall. While it might not have been widely recognized outside of Jamaica back then, it is the type of album to stand up to the test of time.”

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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.  …’

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