Archive for Dennis Brown

Mikey Dread – Friend & Money (1978)

Posted in Dennis Brown, Joe Gibbs, Mikey Dread, Studio One with tags , , , on May 15, 2017 by 1960s: Days of Rage


“Although he did record quite a few tracks in the Joe Gibbs studio, Michael Campbell, (1952 – 2008) better known as Mikey Dread, did not release much of his tracks through any of Joe’s imprints. ‘Friend and money’ is the only one I’m aware of, actually. The song was released on 7″ in 1978 on the Errol T label, riding an update of the ‘Money in my pocket’ riddim which is, well to me personally anyway, more interesting than the toast itself. Although not half bad – it is actually pretty good in its own right – ‘Friend and Money’ suffers a bit from the stiff competition put up by other epic Mikey Dread tracks out there. It’s a great catch as a supplement to your existing collection, but it won’t stand out as the best track in there. That said, this Mikey Dread track is still highly enjoyable for its lyrics, the familiar nasal sound of Mikeys voice and the great riddim update that The Professionals laid down for this take. This track was also released on the ‘Original DJ Classics Vol 2 sampler (lp), that was released on the Rocky One imprint in the 1990’s. Being an avid funk fan as much as I am a reggae fan, I can not deny the influence one scene has on another, and on this 7″ right here, things merge beautifuly and splendidly. A sound commonly heard in the late 70’s funk/disco era was the tweaked and flanged-out sound of the Fender Rhodes and that sound, or a hint towards it at least, can also be heard on the flip of this Mikey Dread single. ‘Bubbler in Money’ is nothing short of a pure funk anthem. One that should easily be able to satisfy fans of, for instance, Larry Youngs’ ‘Turn off the lights or the Ohio Players’ ‘Funky Worm.’ This keyboard heavy sound was recorded and utilized more often at the Gibbs studios in the late 70’s and early 80’s, many of which can be found on the ‘Majestic Dub album, which is, sadly, not as majestic as the title suggests. It’s an album worthwhile checking out for some impressive versions that add some to the more common and familiar styles and versions out there. Why they didn’t include ‘Bubbler in Money’ on there shall forever remain a mystery though. It’s the best version in that particular style they got…”
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YouTube: Mikey Dread & Dennis Brown – Friend & Money

Dennis Brown & Superstar Friends – Reggae Legends

Posted in Coxsone Dodd, Dennis Brown, Studio One with tags , , on November 19, 2016 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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“Dennis Brown, born 1st February 1957, was a child star in Jamaica after recording the Van Dykes song ‘No Man Is An Island’ for Studio One in 1970. Besides recording albums for Coxsone Dodd he worked with numerous producers who all acknowledged his incredible talent. Joe Gibbs and Niney the Observer recorded extensive and highly successful material with the vocalist, Sly & Robbie & Derrick Harriott amongst others also benefited from his talents and vice versa. He established his own DEB label in 1978 and (self-)produced various roots classics before the label folded in 1979. For his impressive voice, countless hits and widely acknowledged credibility he was nicknamed the Crown Prince of Reggae. After dancehall music became more popular than roots reggae he also scored hits during the eighties. In the mid 90’s his health got worse due to a drug addiction, his shining moments got more sparse and in 1999 he died because of a collapsed longue. His legacy is one of the biggest catalogues in reggae history. …”
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YouTube: DENNIS BROWN & SUPERSTAR FRIENDS (REGGAE LEGENDS) 1:30:45

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

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

Dennis Brown ‎– Bubbling Fountain (Love Jah) (1980)

Posted in Dennis Brown, Dub, King Tubby, The Revolutionaries with tags , , , on July 22, 2016 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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“BIG BIG Heavy roots steppers cut from Dennis Brown, first time issue on a 12″ only found on his ‘Spellbound’ album from 1980. Big plays from Shaka check the b-side for unreleased dubs. Comes with company sleeve and pressed very loud for maximum pleasure….”
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YouTube: Bubbling Fountain (Love Jah)

Dennis Brown – Let Love In (1972)

Posted in Dennis Brown, Dub with tags , on August 14, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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YouTube: Let Love In (& Dub)

Dennis Brown – Westbound Train (1973)

Posted in Dennis Brown, Niney the Observer with tags , on May 18, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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YouTube: Westbound Train
soundcloud: Westbound Train (Jabberwock remix) unmastered

Dennis Brown / Gregory Isaacs – No Contest (1989)

Posted in Dancehall, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Gussie Clarke with tags , , , on January 6, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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No Contest? Of course it wasn’t. Everybody’s a winner here on Dennis Brown and Gregory Isaacs’ follow-up to Judge Not. Five years had passed in the interim; digitized rhythms now ruled the dancehalls, and few offered up such sizzling ones as Gussie Clarke, who oversaw both sets. And what made this new album particularly enticing is that appended the superb dub to each vocal track. The duo’s “Big All Around” proved to be just that, as the pair pay tribute to the reign of the raggamuffins, and were rewarded with a dancehall smash, while the fiery dub incinerated all before it. Incidentally, Isaacs recorded a fine solo version of this number for Clarke this same year for his I.O.U. album, and then revived it in later years under the title ‘Raggamuffin.’ The driving ‘Easy Life’ is nearly as good, as the men test their girls’ fidelity and the backing band steamroll across the rhythm. ‘Jealousy,’ another song that Isaacs would take solo, is equally intense, with an almost malevolent atmosphere licking around the grooves, while the duo strut their most impassioned vocals. ‘Why Cry’ is more sophisticated but less infectious, yet still showcases the pair’s emotive styles. Isaacs drew the short straw, and thus only receives two solo tracks, but the buoyant ‘Open Up’ more than makes up for that, with a strong performance from the singer, backed by gorgeous rocksteady-esque harmonies. Brown, meanwhile, is at his most soulful on ‘I’ll Make It Up to You,’ gives a timely warning of the dangers of club life on the disco-fied ‘Neon Lights Flashing,’ but is at his most powerful on the passionate ‘No Camouflage,’ where Clarke makes an old roots rhythm new, and vividly proves that ragga can be very dread indeed. It’s a superb set, and between Clarke’s inspired rhythms — laid down by the likes of the Browne brothers, Robbie Lyn and Dwight Pinkney, and the duo’s superb performances, No Contest is a knock-out.”
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YouTube: No Camouflage, Love Me or Leave Me, Jealousy, Easy Life, Neon Lights Flashing, Big All Around, Why Cry