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Johnny Clarke – Rockers Time Now (1976)

Posted in Bunny Lee, Johnny Clarke, The Aggrovators with tags , , on October 31, 2016 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“One of the crucial albums of the 1970s, Johnny Clarke delivers up a masterpiece in a mere 12 tracks. Produced by Bunny Lee, at the height of his ‘flying cymbals’ work, Rockers Time Now, contrary to its title, doesn’t so much rock as find the perfect lackadaisical groove, and slides along it into nirvana. If the Jamaican term ‘irae’ had a musical personification, Rockers would be it. Clarke’s own laid-back, unruffled delivery dovetails perfectly, and Lee’s equally easygoing house band the Aggrovators were the perfect music complement. Several of the songs are covers that on paper seem to be recipes for disaster, like the Abyssinians’ militant ‘Declaration of Rights.’ But miraculously it works brilliantly, as if the revolution had come without bloodshed, with Babylon brought to ruins by a haze of ganja smoke. That haze swirls around ‘Satta Massa Gana’ as well, conjuring up a dream world Africa, an exquisite paradise far removed from the real world. However, Rockers isn’t all wrapped in mists, ‘Ites Green and Gold’ is actually pretty punchy, while ‘African Roots’ bounces across the grooves, buoyed by the bubbly guitar riffs. Airiest of all is the title track, which almost floats off the record entirely. The rest of the record is rootsier, with just enough simmering guitar slithering through to justify the rockers title. The standout is arguably a cover of the Mighty Diamonds ‘Them Never Love Poor Marcus,’ the most passionate track on the record, although ‘Let’s Give Jah Jah Praise’ runs a very close second. The album remains a contradiction in terms, rockers without the rock, roots without the fire, but Clarke’s silky delivery, and the Aggrovators’ subtle performance had classic written all over it. The Front Line label dropped the singer after the release of this album and Authorized Version, philistines blind to the rare gems in their hands, and time has only increased the value of Rockers Time Now. — Jo-Ann Greene”
YouTube: Rockers Time Now

The Black Notes – African Style + African Dub (1976)

Posted in Black Ark, Dub, Lee "Scratch" Perry, The Aggrovators, The Black Ark with tags , , , on February 5, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

YouTube: African Style + African Dub

Johnny Clarke – Don’t Trouble Trouble (1989)

Posted in Bunny Lee, Dancehall, Dub, I-Roy, Johnny Clarke, King Tubby, The Aggrovators, The Revolutionaries, U-Roy with tags , , , , , , , , on September 25, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Over the years, a plethora of roundups from this formidable artist have hit the streets of Jamaica, Britain, Europe, and the U.S., all dedicated exclusively to the singer’s recordings for producer Bunny Lee. Invariably there’s some repetition, but so many singles did Johnny Clarke unleash under Lee’s aegis, there’s more than enough to go around. Inevitably there were some duds amid the barrage of hits, but the bulk of the material is of such high quality that fans really can’t go wrong. With that said, Don’t Trouble Trouble still rises to the top of the compilation pile. With copious hindsight — the set was released in 1989, the British Attack label was able to choose tracks not based on the hottest sounds of the time, but those that were the most enduring. Nicely balanced between cultural concerns, romantic interests, and dancehall bravado, the set presents a particularly well-rounded picture of this crucial artist. Although it’s still only a partial one, as Trouble troubles only to pull from the period 1975-1976, early in Clarke’s partnership with Lee, equally great numbers were still to come. …”

YouTube: Revolutionary – Don’t Trouble Trouble, Johnny Clarke – Dont Trouble Trouble, Rock With Me Baby, Cold I up (Jaguar) 7″, johnny clarke & king tubby cold it up dub, Creation rebel + straight to the spear’s head (1975 Justice), Too Much War + U-Roy, Do You Love Me? + Aggrovators – Do You Dub Me, Since I Fell For You, Doing My Thing +King Tubby The Dub Ruler, Bring It On Home To Me+Aggrovators Bring It On Home To Me-version, You keep on running, They never love poor marcus, Johnny Clarke & King Tubby – Poor Marcus Dub, Stop the Tribal War, Johnny Clarke & U Brown No More Tribal War / Stop Tribal War ~ Dubwise Selecta Reggae

Rockers Almighty Dub (1979)

Posted in Big Ben Records, Dub, Robbie Shakespeare, Rockers, Sly Dunbar, The Aggrovators, The Revolutionaries with tags , , , , , , on August 29, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“10 excellent roots rock rhythms given a nice dub treatment, and though we’re selling this record as most shops do, as a King Tubby side, we’d be willing to wager he actually wasn’t around his studio when this was mixed, and certainly wasn’t around Joe Gibbs’ or Bullwackies when the cuts included here from those spots were mixed. Still it’s a great set of rhythms, all with excellent spaced out dub mixes, and burning performances at the hands of Sly & Robbie, Family Man, Bagga Morris, Santa Davis, Augustus Pablo and others. ”
Dusty Groove

YouTube: 01 – Rockers Almighty Dub, 02 – Dunza Dub, 03 – Storm And Lightning, 04 – Something Nice Bout Day, 05 – I And I Land, 06 – Ten Pieces In One, 07 – Freedom Joy Dub, 08 – Upful And Positive Dread, 09 – Hold This Dub, 10 – 21 Gun Salute To Brother Marcus

The Skatalites – Legendary Skatalites in Dub (1975)

Posted in Dancehall, Don Drummond, Dub, King Tubby, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Ska, The Aggrovators, The Black Ark, Tommy McCook with tags , , , , , , , , on July 2, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“This is the third collection of King Tubby-produced Skatalites tracks to come from England’s Motion label. Once again, anyone whose acquaintance with the Skatalites is limited to that group’s classic ’60s ska material will be surprised by the slow, languid roots rhythms that are on offer here; and once again, the combination of Tubby’s dubwise engineering prowess and the Skatalites effortless groovemaking is perfect. On ‘Middle East Dub’ saxophonist Tommy McCook plays the melody from Bob Marley’s ‘Coming in from the Cold’ over the ‘Give Thanks’ rhythm before getting slingshotted off into space by Tubby, while the funde and repeater drums chuckle and percolate underneath; Tony Brevett’s ‘Starlight’ gets two cuts, one a showcase for the trombone magic of Don Drummond (‘Starlight Version’) and the other a more mystical version that focuses more on the percussionists (‘African Dub’). Nine of these fifteen tracks (including all three of the CD bonus tracks) were recorded at Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s notorious Black Ark studio before being taken to Tubby’s for remixing, and all partake of that inimitable swampy, dark Black Ark vibe. Overall, this is a treasure trove of classic dub that can confidently be recommended to all fans of the genre.”

YouTube: The Legendary Skatalites In Dub [Meet King Tubby] 52:27
01- 00:00 Starlight version 02- 03:00 Middle east dub 03- 06:27 Fugitive dub 04- 09:47 Whispering dub 05- 15:40 Kimble dub 06- 19:56 Roots dub 07- 26:01 Bottom dub 08- 29:05 African roots dub 09- 32:39 Dumboo dub 10- 35:55 African dub 11- 38:58 Herb dub-collie dub
Bonus Tracks: 12- 43:00 Starlight (with Tony Brevett) 13- 45:49 Middle east 14- 49:04 Sealing dub

King Tubby’s Special 1973-1976 (1989)

Posted in DJ, Dub, King Tubby, The Aggrovators, Trojan, U-Roy, Winston "Niney" Holness with tags , , , , , , on June 12, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“This two-disc set brings together some of the finest dub mixes ever produced by the legendary King Tubby. The first disc compiles 13 tracks played by the Observer All Stars and originally produced by Winston ‘Niney’ Holness; the second consists of 17 cuts by the Aggrovators (produced by Bunny Lee) and includes the collection’s title track, a DJ talk-over featuring the great U-Roy. King Tubby’s approach to dub was always distinctive; his mixes are distinguished by a touch that is sweet sounding and endlessly creative, balancing innovation with respect for the original even during the most drastic deconstruction of a song. And unlike some other dub producers, Tubby generally left swatches of the vocal line in place, dropping it in and out of the mix and applying dirty analog echo, sometimes subtly changing the lyrical focus. This collection’s unusually helpful liner notes will assist interested listeners in finding original versions of many of the tracks. A truly essential dub collection.”

“A highly regarded set for old school dub fans in general and King Tubby fans in particular, King Tubby’s Special is a 2-CD set, the first being a re-release of a 1975 Niney the Observer album (name withheld due to the fact that I don’t know it) mixed by Tubby and the second a collection of Bunny Lee productions from 1974 to 1976. The first disc features as its core dubs a few tunes from Dennis Brown, with whom Niney forged his most successful partnership.”
Reggae Reviews

YouTube: King Tubby’s Special 1973-1976 (Full Album / Both Disks) – A1 Rebel Dance A2 Cassanova Dub A3 Silver Bullet A4 Rasta Locks A5 Dubbing With The Observer A6 Sir Nineys Rock B1 Jam Down B2 Parade Dub B3 Youth Man B4 Turntable Dub B5 Corn Man B6 Mister D. Brown Skank B7 Rema Dub C1 King Tubby’s Special Featuring — U-Roy C2 Another Version C3 Straight To Brad’s Head From New York C4 Dancing Version C5 Straight To Trojan Head C6 Straight To The Boy Niney Head C7 Gorgon Speaks Version C8 I Trim The Barber D1 More Warning D2 A Rougher Version D3 Straight To Babylon Boy’s Head D4 Straight To The Capitalist Head D5 Cool Down Version D6 Cool Down Version D7 A Serious Version D8 Crisp Version D9 King Tubby’s Special (Reprise) Featuring — U-Roy

Various Artists – Channel One Dubs 1974 – 79 (2001)

Posted in Channel One, Dub, King Tubby, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Revolutionaries, Robbie Shakespeare, Sly Dunbar, The Aggrovators with tags , , , , , , on April 28, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“The kind of material on Maxfield Avenue Breakdown, recorded from 1974-1979 by the Revolutionaries with Ernest and JoJo Hookim at the Channel One studio controls, may lack the pure sonic invention of a Lee Perry or King Tubby, but it played an equally crucial role in the development of dub. Jamaican recordings from this era introduced the rockers style driven by Robbie Shakespeare’s throbbing bass and Sly Dunbar’s echoed rim-shot clicks and explosive snare shots, which became a fundamental definition of roots reggae. Over that fresh drum and bass foundation, the Hookims keep their dub easy to digest by retaining most of the original song structures and mutating one element at a time.”

YouTube: 1) Woman Is Like A Shadow, 2) King Of The Minstrels, 3) Have Mercy Version, 1) Ragnampaiza Version, 2) Speak Easy, 3) Natty A General Version