Archive for the Prince Jammy Category

Junior Delgado – Armed Robbery (1978)

Posted in Dennis Brown, Dub, Junior Delgado, Prince Jammy with tags , , , on October 26, 2016 by 1960s: Days of Rage

Produced by Dennis Brown.
Mixed by Prince Jammy.
YouTube: Armed Robbery + Dub

Bim Sherman meets Horace Andy and U black – In A Rub A Dub Style (1979)

Posted in Bim Sherman, DJ, Horace Andy, Jah Woosh, King Tubby, Prince Jammy, Studio One with tags , , , , , , on July 13, 2016 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Originally released in 1982, this killer slab combines the talents of two of reggae’s greatest male vocalists: the smoking DJ and producer Jah Whoosh, and Prince Jammy at Studio 1 and King Tubby’s. Not that any other recommendation is necessary, but while we’re at it, all of the tracks are eerie and atmospheric in soulful dub style, played by Leroy Wallace, Sly Dunbar, Errol Flabba Holt, Bingy Bunny, Ansel Collins, and others. Of the ten tracks here, six feature the A-sides with the combined dub flipsides tacked onto the ends. It works like a charm. A clear standout is Bim Sherman’s opener, ‘It Must Be a Dream,’ with the dubwise elements added after his extended vocal, including a killer trombone solo by Vincent Gordon. Horace Andy’s babymaker ‘Tonight’ is the dub version, but there’s enough of his utterly sensual vocal to make the dread elements of dub come through in the track’s eroticism. ‘Dread Pan Some’ and its dub feature U. Black and Andy interweaving their vocals together. Black’s DJ toasting style is not as radically in your face as some of his predecessors, though it’s just as effective in this context. This collection culls some rare tracks, and places them in a sequence that maximizes the dubwise trance elements and possesses true dread force. Recommended.”
YouTube: Bim Sherman meets Horace Andy and U black – In A Rub A Dub Style

Hugh Mundell Featuring Lacksley Castell – Jah Fire (1980)

Posted in Augustus Pablo, Hugh Mundell, Lacksley Castell, Prince Jammy with tags , , , on July 1, 2016 by 1960s: Days of Rage

Hugh Mundell - Jah Fire
“Reissue of this excellent Prince Jammy produced combination LP between two youth singers of the day; Hugh Mundell, fresh from his classic work with Augustus Pablo, and cohort Lacksley Castell. Both their young lives were tragically cut short, Mundell in a shooting incident and Castell by natural causes, both in 1983, only two years after this album was originally released. Both singers are featured across a clutch of typical Jammy’s rhythms of the day, two or three originating with Striker Lee, with Mundell’s powerful title track, aka Bottomless Pit, on one of Jammy’s best rhythms, being the standout.”
Dub Vendor
YouTube: Be My Princess Lady, Jah Fire, Walk With Jah, King Of Israel, Million Miles, My Woman Can, You Over There, Black Sheep, Million Dub, King Pablo Dub, Pablo In Moonlight City Dub

Lacksley Castell (1959 – 1983)

Posted in Augustus Pablo, Hugh Mundell, Junior Reid, Lacksley Castell, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Prince Jammy with tags , , , , , on June 29, 2016 by 1960s: Days of Rage

Wikipedia – “Lacksley Castell, sometimes misspelled Laxley, Lacksly, Lasky or Locksley Castel (1959 – 1983) was a Jamaican reggae singer best known for his work in the early 1980s. Lacksley Castell was born in 1959, although some sources claim 1962. Growing up in Kingston‘s Waterhouse district, along with artists such as Black Uhuru and The Travellers, Lacksley recorded in what was known as the ‘Waterhouse style’. Castell became friends with Hugh Mundell who helped both him and his friend Junior Reid to get started in the music business. That resulted in Castell’s first single releases in 1978, ‘Babylon World’ and ‘Love in Your Heart’, recorded with Augustus Pablo. In 1979, he recorded ‘Jah Love Is Sweeter’ at Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry‘s Black Ark Studios, which was a pre-release reggae chart hit in the United Kingdom in August 1979, with ‘What a Great Day’ (produced by Prince Jammy) making the top five of the reggae 12-inch singles chart the same month. …”
YouTube: “Babylon World” and “Babylon Fall (version)”, Love In Your Heart, What a Great Day (& dub), Jah Love Is Sweeter + King Tubby’s Mix, My Collie Tree, African Queen, Unkind To Myself + Dub (NEGUS ROOTS), Jah Is Watching You, Government Man + Sly & Robbie – Dub The Government, Speak Softly, Tug A War Games, Johnny Brown + Version, Jah-Children (& Dub), Mother Mitchell (Far East Riddim), & Gregory Isaacs – Clash 12inch

King Tubby / Prince Jammy – His Majesty’s Dub (1983)

Posted in Dub, King Tubby, Prince Jammy, Robbie Shakespeare, Sly Dunbar with tags , on June 19, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“A typically outstanding 1983 dub outing from two masters of the form, HIS MAJESTY’S DUB contains a set of rhythms recorded by the inimitable Jah Woosh at studios all across Jamaica during the early ‘80s, and mixed by dub innovators Prince Jammy and King Tubby. These recordings feature outstanding performances from some of the finest Jamaican instrumentalists of the era, including Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Vin Gordon, Bobby Ellis, and ‘Family Man’ Barrett.”

His Majesty’s Dub is a 1976 dub album by King Tubby and Prince Jammy, sometimes credited to Prince Jammy v King Tubbys. It features Carlton Barrett and Sly Dunbar on drums, Robbie Shakespeare and Aston Barrett on bass guitar, and Ansel Collins on keyboards, among other personnel. The album was produced by Jah Woosh, and engineered by King Tubby and Prince Jammy, along with Maxie and frequent collaborator Errol Thompson. The album was recorded at Randy’s in Kingston, Jamaica.”

YouTube: Prince Jammy v. King Tubby – His Majestys Dub – Rullin Power, Jah Works, King of Kings

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

Scientist – Scientist Meets the Space Invaders (1980)

Posted in Channel One, Dub, King Tubby, Prince Jammy, Scientist with tags , , , , on May 25, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“In addition to boxing fellow engineer Prince Jammy, ridding the world of vampires, and winning the World Cup, Scientist used his early-’80s records to thematically battle computer game foes. But prior to taking on Pac-Man, Scientist first ‘met’ the Space Invaders on this 1981 Greensleeves release. The cosmic theme is well served on ten effects-riddled tracks, with the rockers-style material being littered by all manner of stratosphere-breaking sounds from the mixing board. However, compared to the bustle of earlier efforts like Scientist Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires, Scientist Meets the Space Invaders comes off sounding lean and steely, strategically adorned with snatches of ghostly echo and pneumatic percussion; it’s certainly an appropriate mood for a post-apocalyptic battle involving cartoon machines. And just below this incorporeal layer of sound is the fine and original production work of Linval Thompson (Scientist also mixed cuts by rival producer Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes) and the stellar playing of the Roots Radics band. A great dub title, which, like Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires, is one of Scientist’s essential recordings.”

Scientist Meets the Space Invaders is a 1981 album by the dub musician Scientist. The album was produced by Mikey ‘Roots’ Scott & Linval Thompson. The recording was done at Channel One Studios backed by the Roots Radics, and mixed at King Tubby’s. The recording was by Stanley ‘Barnabas’ Bryan, Anthony ‘Crucial Bunny’ Graham and Maxwell ‘Maxie’ Livington Smith. The cover artwork is by Tony McDermott.”

YouTube: 1 Beam Down 2 Red Shift 3 Time Warp 4 Cloning Process 5 Pulsar 6 Laser Attack 7 De Materialize 8 Fission 9 Super Nova Explosion 10 Quasar

Tommy McCook – Blazing Horns/Tenor in Roots (1979)

Posted in Glen Brown, King Tubby, Prince Jammy, Rastafarians, Ska, The Upsetters, Tommy McCook with tags , , , , , , on April 17, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Saxophonist Tommy McCook is primarily remembered for his role as a founding member of the seminal ska band the Skatalites, who played such an important part in the development and maturation of ska before it morphed into the slower rocksteady genre, and later into reggae. But McCook was no slouch in those later categories of music, either, as this wonderful two-for-one reissue makes plain. The Blazing Horns segment of this disc was originally issued on LP in 1979 on the Grove Music label and consists of nine tracks originally produced by Vivian ‘Yabby U’ Jackson. As one might expect given the producer, the sound is dark and dread, and the album’s title track is presented here in an extended ‘showcase’ version with a dub mix appended at the end of the conventional instrumental track. The program then adds a B-side track cut for Yabby U at around the same time and another one-off track that McCook made for Bunny Lee. All the mixes are courtesy of King Tubby and Prince Jammy, which tells you all you need to know about the sound quality and general ambience. As good as those selections are, though, the remainder of the album is the real treasure trove: it consists of 12 tracks McCook recorded over well-loved rhythms provided by producer Glen Browne and which were released only informally on a white-label album that never received commercial distribution. Those who own the Shanachie label’s brilliant (and now sadly out of print) reissue collections Check the Winner, Boat to Progress, and Double Attack will immediately recognize the backing tracks. McCook makes most of them his own, although on a couple of tracks his playing is almost absent. The Browne material alone would be worth the purchase price, but the first part of the collection is every bit as worthwhile. Very highly recommended.”

“Founder of the Skatalites and leader of Duke Reid’s The Supersonics, Tommy McCook is a notable figure in roots reggae. McCook’s The Blazing Horns / Tenor in Roots compilation is a powerful collection of 1970s instrumental dub and highlights roots reggae’s connections to jazz and ska. As roots reggae has been characterized by politically conscious lyrics, messages of Rastafari and other charged topics faced by the underrepresented and underprivileged, one might wonder what place does instrumental dub have in the genre?”
Dusted Reviews

YouTube: Blazing Horns, Blazing Horns, Tears of love, Tubby’s control, Far over yonder, Gold Street Skank

Prince Jammy – In Lion Dub Style (1977)

Posted in Dub, King Tubby, Prince Jammy with tags , , on April 9, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

YouTube: No Bride, Jammys in The Area, Mystic Feeling, Uhuru Express, The Big Apple, The Aggrovators, Prince Jammy, Bunny Lee – Tiger Dub, Uhro Express