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Jah Woosh ‎– Jah Woosh (1974)

Posted in Coxsone Dodd, Duke Reid, Neville Beckford with tags , , on February 16, 2017 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“In a crowded field, toaster Jah Woosh — born Neville Beckford in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1952 — left his mark on the roots age with a string of popular singles and a series of seminal albums. Haile Selassie’s 1966 state visit to Jamaica prompted Beckford’s conversion to Rastafarianism, and Prince Lloyd’s Sound System made an equal musical impact, providing a launching pad for Beckford’s career. He teamed up with friend Reggae George as Neville & George, but the pair famously failed auditions for both Coxsone Dodd and Duke Reid, bringing the partnership to a swift end. George Bell, however, sent the newly christened Jah Woosh into the studio in 1972, although ‘Morwell Rock’ never gained a proper release. However, ‘Angela Davis’ and ‘Mr. Buyer’ arrived on 45 the following year. The single caused a few ripples, and 1974’s ‘Magnet Scorcher’ created a few more, but it was when the toaster joined forces with Rupie Edwards that his career took off. His 1974 eponymous album was a smash, rising to the top of the Jamaican chart, and wowing reggae fans in the U.K. as well. …”
YouTube: Cactus Records – 1974 34:40