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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. …”
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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