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Ranking Joe – World in Trouble (2005)

Posted in Big Youth, Black Ark, Channel One, Dancehall, DJ, Michael Rose, Ranking Joe, Twilight Circus, U-Roy with tags , , , , , , , , on January 27, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“DJ Ranking Joe (who has also recorded under the name Little Joe, not to be confused with Little John) is a legend among the cognoscenti of old-school dancehall reggae, although his commercial career and worldwide reputation have always been overshadowed by those of his contemporaries Big Youth and, especially, the great U-Roy, who served as something of a mentor to Ranking Joe during his early career. This excellent new set finds him in the company of session greats from the early days, including trumpeter Bobby Ellis, saxophonist Dean Fraser, and guitarist Chinna Smith; since Ryan Moore (of Twilight Circus Dub Sound System fame) is behind the boards, the rhythms are thick, dark, and heavy — close your eyes and you could be back in the Channel One studio or even the Black Ark during the roots heyday of the late ’70s. And Ranking Joe himself is in top form; he’s effortlessly articulate chatting on tracks like ‘Don’t Follow Babylon’ (a fine combination track featuring singer Michael Rose) and ‘Seek Ye First,’ neither of them breaking any new ground either lyrically or musically, but both demonstrating again that Ranking Joe deserves to be rated with the very best exponents of this venerable style of reggae chatting. Highly recommended.”

Twilight Circus Dub Sound System
“Twilight Circus is the dub and reggae project of multi-instrumentalist Ryan Moore, former bassist and drummer of the Legendary Pink Dots. Twilight Circus is becoming increasingly popular and well known for Moore’s work with artists such as Big Youth, Michael Rose of Black Uhuru and Ranking Joe. He originally started off producing dub albums, before recording vocalists for inclusion on his critically acclaimed Foundation Rockers album. In the classic tradition of reggae, Moore releases 10″ vinyl record singles, often in limited edition. …”

YouTube: World In Trouble [Full Album]
00:0 – 03:46 Seek Ye First 03:48 – 08:09 Poor Man Struggle 08:12 – 12:39 Control Your Temper 12:40 – 16:26 World In Trouble 16:26 – 20:13 Wake The Nation 20:15 – 24:30 Don’t Follow Babylon 24:33 – 28:10 Nowhere To Hide 28:10 – 32:38 Don’t Try To Use Me 32:41 – 36:40 Don’t Try To Use Me Dub 36:42 – 40:31 World In Trouble (Vibronics Skaboom Remix) 40:42 – 45:34Don’t Follow Babylon

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

Michael Rose – Warrior (2006) / Warrior Dub (2007)

Posted in Dub, Michael Rose, Robbie Shakespeare, Sly Dunbar with tags , , , on July 16, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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“Over the course of a long and storied reggae career, Michael Rose has really never made a bad album, and some of his strongest recordings have been the recent ones he’s made in collaboration with bassist and producer Ryan Moore (who records on his own under the name Twilight Circus Dub Sound System). So one approaches Warrior with high hopes, and if those hopes aren’t entirely borne out, that’s not to say that this isn’t a completely serviceable and very enjoyable album. The problem is that Rose doesn’t sound completely engaged with the music — his lyrics are as roots-wise and hortatory as ever, but in many cases they sound halfhearted and too often they fall back on familiar tropes and clichéd phrases. The rhythms over which he sings are as powerful as you’d expect, given the producer and the presence of such A-list sessioneers as Dean Fraser, Chinna Smith, Skully Sims, and Sly Dunbar. But without the sharp, keening edge of righteous indignation that animates Rose’s best work alone and with Black Uhuru, the result is just very good roots reggae. Highlights include the encouraging ‘Little Bit More’ and the lovely ‘Dangerzone’ (which features a gloriously rich one-drop rhythm and subtly complex horn charts), and the rest varies between pleasant and really very pleasant. A must for Rose’s many fans, but others may want to start elsewhere.”

YouTube: Warrior 41:19
00:00 Warrior – 04:00 Freedom – 07:35 Youth Nowadays – 12:14 Zion – 16:29 Longtime – 20:31 Them A Look – 25:22 Dangerzone – 29:00 Solid Ground – 34:13 A Little Bit More – 38:30 Nature

“One of the quietest but most exciting developments in reggae music since the turn of the new century has been bassist and producer Ryan Moore’s decision to branch out from his usual solo work — creating one-man band instrumental dub albums of spectacular quality — and work as producer and accompanist to some of roots reggae’s top talents, including Black Uhuru alumnus Michael Rose. The only thing surprising about this album, a dub version of the Warrior release from 2006, is the fact that it took a year for Moore to mix and release it. As one might expect, though, it was well worth the wait. Moore has the good sense to leave generous swaths of Rose’s vocal in the mix, and on tracks like ‘Zion Dub’ and ‘Long Time Dub’ that voice floats in and out in a ghostly manner, while the instrumental backing tracks (provided by such A-list sessioneers as Sly Dunbar, Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith, Dean Fraser, and Moore himself) echo and decay around him. It’s a rare producer who can both channel the sounds of ’70s Jamaica so accurately and also maintain the modern listener’s interest, but Moore has been doing just that for more than 20 years now. Vintage reggae fans shouldn’t hesitate to snap this one up, along with its companion vocal album.”

YouTube: Warrior Dub 38:43
00:00 Warrior Dub – 03:23 Zion Dub – 07:41 Freedom Dub – 11:27 Youth Dub – 15:15 Them A Dub – 19:33 – Longtime Dub – 25:14 Solid Dub – 27:45 Danger Dub – 30:52 Stepping Dub – 34:10 Nature Dub – 37:14 Nature Dub – Reprise

Michael Rose – African Roots / African Dub (2005)

Posted in Dancehall, Dub, Michael Rose with tags , , on May 7, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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“This isn’t really so much a Michael Rose album as it is a Ryan Moore (aka Twilight Circus Dub Sound System) album. It’s one more product of Moore’s welcome expansion from homemade, one-man-band instrumental dub — of which he remains the world’s finest exponent — into a more generalized roots reggae production outfit. African Dub is primarily the remixed version of African Roots, Michael Rose’s equally welcome return to the old-school roots fold following his long wanderings in the wilderness of conscious dancehall. Moore’s production style is pretty heavily dub-flavored to begin with, so none of these remixes will sound especially drastic or adventurous to those who are used to the dub sound. But newcomers to the genre may be taken aback by the echoed shreds of vocal, the bottomless bass, the appearing-then-disappearing guitars and keyboards, and the generally enormous sonic space that Moore creates so skillfully. Note in particular the effective way he completely deconstructs the track about halfway through ‘Dub Thunder,’ and the way he preserves just enough of Rose’s eerily sad and beautiful vocal on ‘Dub Burial’ to retain the flavor of the original version, while busily knocking down the walls around it. And don’t miss the guest appearance by fellow dubmeister Manasseh, either. Brilliant.”
YouTube: African Roots 47:11, African Dub 44:46