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Sylford Walker – Jah Golden Pen (1975)

Posted in Dub, Joe Gibbs, Pressure Sounds, Silford Walker with tags , , , on December 30, 2016 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“After running away from home at a young age, Sylford Walker grew up in the tough Kingston 5 area. He filled his days with smoking a little herb, selling wood roots (health juices), running a restaurant and singing. After being arrested for possession of ganja, Sylford used his time in jail well and wrote a song about Babylon. He had not recorded before and getting into a studio wasn’t easy, as Sylford states in the great interview Peter I conducted with him in 2006 and which is published on Reggae Vibes.Errol Thompson gave him a chance, though, and Sylford Walker recorded two songs for him in 1975. The first, called ‘Burn Babylon’, was to become a huge roots anthem, although it took a long time to reach that status. The second tune, ‘Jah Golden Pen’ had more impact on the local crowd upon release. … With a church on every corner, it’s no wonder Jah Golden Pen struck a chord with the godfearing Jamaican society. Loosely based on a gospel hymn (‘Sign my name’), its repetitive, yet ever so slightly changing lyrics are sung over a well crafted, minor key riddim that could never fail. Check that bassline! After getting little or no money at all for the two songs, Sylford Walker recorded the superb ‘I can’t understand‘ for Clive Hunt and then went into a partnership with Glen Brown, with whom he arguably recorded his best material. Look up ‘roots reggae’ in a dictionary and it’ll play tunes like ‘Lambs Bread‘, ‘Prophecies fulflling‘ and ‘Chant down Babylon.’  Yet, despite the great music, Sylford’s debut album was not released until 1988. Sylford was long unaware of the impact his music made on the reggae scenes in Europe and the States, but luckily made a comeback. In 2006 he found himself back at Joe Gibbs, where he re-recorded Jah Golden Pen over the original riddim. Though still sounding good, his voice on this cut sounds is a bit more frail and he’s joined on backing vocals by Errol ‘Black Steel’ Nicholson. The recut was issued as a 7″, causing much chagrin and confusion ‘pon the scene because people were unaware it was recut, and later included on the album ‘Nuttin’ a Gwan‘, for which yours truly was kindly asked to write the liner notes (I kid you not), but that never materialized. Sylford, in the meantime, is back on the scene, performing to eager crowds and Sharing the half that has never been told.”
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YouTube: Jah golden pen, Mighty Two – Golden dub

Welton Irie / Sylford Walker – Lamb’s Bread International (1977)

Posted in Dancehall, DJ, Dub, Glen Brown, Greensleeves, King Tubby, Silford Walker, Sylford Walker, Welton Irie with tags , , , , , , , on September 15, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Sylford Walker is one of the more unjustly neglected reggae singers of the late ’70s. A member of producer Glen Brown’s small but illustrious stable, he recorded a string of fine, if not very commercially successful, singles during that period using some of the excellent instrumental tracks with which Brown had made himself famous among reggae fans. The best of those sides were compiled on the album Lamb’s Bread in 1990, which was released on the Greensleeves label in the U.K. and on Shanachie in the U.S., and promptly sank without a trace. At around the same time that Walker was recording for Brown, a little-known DJ named Welton Irie was toasting over dub versions of many of the same rhythms, and he later made use of some of Walker’s own performances. Welton’s performances would soon be collected on the album Ghettoman Corner. Lamb’s Bread International includes some of the best material from both of those albums: the title track is Welton Irie’s exceptional DJ version of Walker’s ‘Lamb’s Bread,’ while ‘Rolling Stone’ is, if anything, an even better version of Walker’s ‘Give Thanks and Praise to Jah.’ Perhaps best of all is the pairing of the rockers classic ‘Deuteronomy’ with its DJ version, the very heavy ‘Black Man Get Up Tan Up Pon Foot.’ The dub versions are all by King Tubby, which should be all the additional encouragement any reggae fan needs. Highly recommended.”
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“After Blood & Fire had released the deadly Glen Brown dub set ‘Termination Dub’ many revive fans were eagerly awaiting to release of a set with the original vocals to the King Tubby’s mixed drum and bass tracks contained therein. After three years Blood & Fire have finally compiled an album shared between roots singer Sylford Walker and deejay Welton Irie that does just that. And although most of these tracks have been available on prior collections from labels like Greensleeves Records, Shanachie and the producer’s own ‘Pantomime’, ‘Lambs Bread International’ is indispensable as Sylford Walker’s “Lamb’s Bread” and Welton Irie’s ‘Ghettoman Corner’ are no longer obtainable. Glen Brown emerged in the sixties as a vocalist with Sonny Bradshaw’s jazz group, but it was in the first half of the seventies that he established himself as a producer with a run of hits. Glen Brown, the ‘rhythm master’, became a sort of cult figure, not only due to his ability to create highly original, supremely tough riddims, but also because his tunes were often pressed in tiny quantities with labels re-used from previous releases, or occasionally on blank labels. …”
Reggae Vibes

YouTube: Lambs Bread International b/w Leggo The Herb Man Dub, Eternal Day (extended), Give Thanks & Praise To Jah / Welton Irie – Rolling Stone, Deuteronomy, Lambs Bread b/w Dub In African, Chant down Babylon, My father’s home land, Hear My Plea

Silford Walker – Burn Babylon / Burning Version (1976)

Posted in Dub, Joe Higgs, Robbie Shakespeare, Silford Walker with tags , , , on March 20, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

YouTube: Burn Babylon, Burning Version