Archive for Channel One

Hugh Mundell ‎- Tell I A Lie / Jah Music (1982)

Posted in Channel One, Dub, Hugh Mundell with tags , , on February 21, 2017 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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“… For his next album, Mundell abandons the Rockers sound and vibe altogether, choosing instead to record with producer Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes and the mighty Roots Radics band at Channel One. Junjo Lawes rules the sound system circuit in the early ’80s, with a huge militant sound laid down by the Roots Radics. Lawes and the Radics are on a mission: to take the popular roots reggae sound, speed it up and play it harder. No apologies. Harder. Faster. Stronger. Lawes’ incendiary sound launches a new generation of toasters straight to the top of the charts. Unfortunately, this musical shift is accompanied by a thematic change as well, as the lyrics become less serious, less impactful, and at times border on ridiculous. Many roots artists are not willing, or are not able to adapt to this revolution in sound, however, Mundell is ready, willing, and able. …”
“GREAT TRIBULATION”: The Life and Times of Hugh Mundell
YouTube: Tell I A Lie / Jah Music

Uplifters – Gallas Trap (1978)

Posted in Channel One with tags on December 29, 2016 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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“But while we’re at it, we have to round it out with another gem from the Narrows catalog, the haunting “Gallas Trap” by Uplifters. A rare one released only on 12″ in Brooklyn from Narrows’ former Linden Blvd HQ, it’s more killer early 80s sound laid down at Channel 1, back out now on a 7-inch.”
Reggae Fever

“Blindfolded, leading out to the gallows trap
Never know the minute nor the hour
The last drip of blood will drop
Blindfolded, leading out to the gallows trap
Never know when, no, no
Brutality will ever stop

Some wicked think they are racing for the top
And I know them haffi get a drop
Some are climbing up a sipple wall
And I know them come to get a fall

Majority down and they fear no fall
Majority down and I open each them to Jah call

Blindfolded, leading out to the gallows trap
Never know the minute nor the hour
The last drip of blood will drop
Blindfolded, leading out to the gallows trap
Never know when, no, no
Brutality will ever stop

Some wicked think they are racing for the top
And I know them haffi get a drop
Some are climbing up a sipple wall
And I know them come to get a fall

Majority down and they fear no fall
Majority down and I open each them to Jah call

Blindfolded, leading out to the gallows trap
Never know the minute nor the hour
The last drip of blood will drop
Blindfolded, leading out to the gallows trap
Never know when, no, no
Brutality will ever stop

Never know when, no, no
Brutality will ever stop
Cah when brutality will ever stop
It down to the drop
When brutality will ever stop…”
Jah Lyrics

Discogs

YouTube: Gallas Trap/Bad Boy

Lacksley Castell – Morning Glory (1982)

Posted in Channel One, Lacksley Castell with tags , on July 19, 2016 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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“Classic 1982 set from the late lamented youth singer Lacksley Castell produced by Robert Palmer for Negus Roots, recorded at Tuff Gong and Channel One with members of The Revolutionaries and We The People and recently digitally mixed and mastered at Mafia & Fluxy by Gussie P. Features the classic roots anthem Mr. Government Man.”
Dub Vendor
Discogs
YouTube: Morning Glory | 12″ Negus Roots 1982 (Full Album)

Jamaiel Shabaka – I Am That I Am (1986)

Posted in Channel One, Dub, Jamaiel Shabaka, Sugar Minott with tags , , , on July 14, 2016 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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“It was a record. It’s always a record. A few months ago, while on a visit to the best unsung record shop in Los Angeles, Mono Records, owner John pulled an intriguing LP off his oh-so-coveted shelf of not-yet-priced acquisitions. He wanted to show me a reggae record he didn’t know anything about, lost—but not so lost, as I would soon discover—in a huge collection of radical jazz he had just purchased. Credited to one Jamaiel Shabaka, it sounded both heavy and definitely different. Its intricate artwork read Land of the Rising Sun, and its back-sleeve notes only added to the mystery: Recorded and mixed at studios such as Hit City West (L.A.), Channel One and Music Mountain (Jamaica), engineered by four different people including legendary singer/producer Sugar Minott. …”
Jamaiel Shabaka cut his teeth with legend Sun Ra before recording the mysterious reggae LP The Land of the Rising Sun
YouTube: Jamaiel Shabaka – I Am That I Am 12″

Gregory Isaacs – Mr. Isaacs (1976)

Posted in Channel One, Errol Thompson, Gregory Isaacs with tags , , on July 10, 2016 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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“The Cool Ruler is not known primarily as a cultural roots singer. Instead, his bread and butter has always been a particular brand of seductive lover’s rock, always delivered at languid tempos in a reedy, not-particularly-attractive voice. So the largely political content of Mr. Isaacs, while not unprecedented, was still something of a departure from the norm when it was originally released in the ’70s on the Jamaican Cash & Carry label. It succeeds for a couple of reasons, not the least of which is the rock-solid playing of the Revolutionaries. But Gregory deserves credit for understanding that trenchant political statements are sometimes most effective when delivered with the least amount of drama. The lines ‘I was given as a sacrifice/To build a black man’s hell and a white man’s paradise’ are all the more biting when sung in Gregory’s cool, lilting tenor-lesser interpreters would have clenched up and emoted; he lets the words speak for themselves and offers a vocal counterpoint instead of hammering the message home. ‘Story Book Children’ is sweet and wistful; ‘Handcuff,’ like ‘Sacrifice,’ simmers with quiet outrage. And there are a couple of love songs, too, just so you don’t forget you’re listening to the Lonely Lover. Excellent.”
allmusic
YouTube: Mr. Isaacs 32:41

Wailing Souls – Very Well / Very Well Version (1978)

Posted in Channel One, Dub, JoJo Hookim, Wailing Souls with tags , , , on July 6, 2016 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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“Wailing Souls’ ‘Very Well’, all-time epic roots reggae, and as impassioned a song about repatriation as ever sung. This 12-inch reissue replaces the B-side ‘Fire Coal Man’ from the original release with a full extended dub of ‘Very Well’!”
Reggae Fever
YouTube: Very Well / Very Well Version

Wailing Souls – Jah Jah Give Us Life To Live (1978)

Posted in Channel One, Robbie Shakespeare, Sly Dunbar, The Revolutionaries, Wailing Souls with tags , on July 18, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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“In 1971, JoJo Hookim and his brother Ernest entered the music business. The siblings had no previous experience in the industry, and thus, it took several years for them to really have any impact. By 1976, however, their roots sound would rule the island. It was the creation of the house band the Revolutionaries that helped the label reach these heights, the band driven by the phenomenal rhythms of drummer Sly Dunbar and bassist Robbie Shakespeare who were now paired regularly for the first time. ‘Jah Jah Give Us Life’ epitomizes the Channel One sound. The arrangement is dense but the sound so clean one can easily distinguish every instrument, from the pretty keyboard flourishes to the sultry bass line, even as the nyahbinghi-flavored percussion patter powerfully underneath. But this is roots with a kick, and instead of the usual hypnotic atmosphere, there’s an up-tempo swing to it all that defines the rockers style. It’s the perfect accompaniment for the Wailing Souls, as they struggle to stay awake to meet the rising sun, so they can offer up their thanks to Jah. Most roots groups deliver up their devotional songs with reverence, but the Souls instead offer theirs with an unquenchable spirit. Life, Jah’s greatest gift, courses through their performance and across the Revolutionaries’ rhythm.”
allmusic

YouTube: Jah Jah Give Us Life To Live (Extended)