Archive for Dennis Brown

Dennis Brown – Westbound Train (1973)

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

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

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.”

YouTube: No Camouflage, Love Me or Leave Me, Jealousy, Easy Life, Neon Lights Flashing, Big All Around, Why Cry

Dennis Brown – Wolves and Leopards (1977)

Posted in Black Ark, Dennis Brown, Dub, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Rastafarians with tags , , , , on September 28, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

Dennis Brown - Wolf and Leopards (1977)
“Although Dennis Brown released over a hundred albums during his career, Wolf & Leopards, which appeared in 1977, might be the most significant for a couple of different reasons, even though it was essentially a collection of singles. It was the first LP from Brown to feature the singer as a full-fledged Rastaman, and the songs show a strong commitment to cultural themes. It also introduced to the world his signature song, ‘Here I Come’ (aka ‘Love and Hate’), as well as the title tune, ‘Wolf & Leopards,’ which is rumored to have been mixed by Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry at his Black Ark studio. Several of the tracks were produced by Niney, with the rest produced by Brown himself with help from singer Castro Brown, but even with its sort of little bit here, little bit there haphazard makeup, Wolf & Leopards functions as a fully integrated and coherent album sequence. It might not be Brown’s best album, and it might not even contain his best singles, but Wolf & Leopards was a watermark release for the singer, signaling a shift to political and cultural matters, and his work as a mature, fully developed artist begins with this release.”

Wolf and Leopards (later issued as Wolves and Leopards) is a 1977 reggae album by Dennis Brown. Recorded between 1976 and 1977 and released on Brown’s own DEB label in the UK and on the Weed Beat label in Jamaica, the album comprises ten tracks originally released on singles that concentrate on cultural themes and mark the transformation of Brown from child star to full-fledged Rastaman.”

YouTube: Wolves and Leopards, So Jah Say & Wolves And Leopards (Live), WOLF & LEOPARDS (TROJAN) EXTENDED MIX, Here I Come [Live], Party Time

Dennis Brown – Visions (1977)

Posted in Dennis Brown, Dub, Joe Gibbs, Rastafarians, Tommy McCook with tags , , , , on August 24, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Following a series of early single releases for various Jamaican engineers, singer Dennis Brown entered a particularly prolific partnership with producer Joe Gibbs. The two worked together from the mid-’70s to the early ’80s. Visions (1977) presents Brown as a roots-based singer with major crossover potential. The smooth, reassuring quality of his voice and his comfortable range would seem to make him the obvious choice for an American label seeking an international success story. Brown’s subject matter spans the spectrum of Rasta concerns, detailing economic suffering, African oppression, deep religious conviction, and a strong political consciousness. …”

Visions of Dennis Brown (also known as Visions) is a 1978 reggae album by Dennis Brown. The album was the first to come out of Brown’s second stint with producer Joe Gibbs, with whom he would have his breakthrough international success, and the album played a major part in establishing the dominant position of both Brown and Gibbs in late 1970s reggae. The album mixes roots reggae themes such as economic hardship, African oppression, religion, and politics, with lovers rock material (‘Love Me Always’) and a cover version of Ray Charles’ ‘This Little Girl of Mine’. The album was engineered by Errol Thompson and features veteran musicians Bobby Ellis (trumpet), Vin Gordon (trombone), Herman Marquis (alto saxophone), and Tommy McCook (tenor saxophone).”

“Having initially established his reputation at Coxsone Dodd’s legendary Studio One with the 1970 released LP ‘No Man Is An Island’ (recorded when he was only 13 years old!), teen sensation Dennis Brown confirmed his great talent with a series of brilliant singles on a wide range of Jamaican and UK labels. However it was with Winston ‘Niney’ Holness, who produced Dennis Brown’s huge hit ‘Money In My Pocket’ for Joe Gibss, that the young vocalist enjoyed the most consistent run of success and started to raise his profile higher in the mid-1970s with classic roots statements such as ‘I Am The Conqueror’, ‘No More Will I Roam’, and ‘Wolf & Leopards’, to name a few. Further hits, as well as remarkably consistent albums with producer Joe Gibbs and engineer Errol Thompson (aka the Mighty Two) completed the process by which he earned the title of ‘Crown Prince Of Reggae’. …”
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YouTube: Milk and Honey (Live at Montreux festival 1979), Repatriation, Joe Gibbs – Jubilation Dub, Malcolm X, Deliverance Will Come, Oh Mother, Love Me Always & Dub {Joe Gibbs}, Junior Reed – Concrete Castle King + Dub, Jah Can Do It, Stay at home aKa Ghetto Girl, Say What You Say

Dennis Brown – Brown Sugar (1986)

Posted in Dancehall, Dennis Brown, Robbie Shakespeare, Sly Dunbar with tags , , , on August 1, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“No Dennis Brown disc is ever completely worthless, but some are sure a lot better than others. This one is perilously close to forgettable, mainly because there are only seven cuts (clocking in at just over 33 minutes) and Brown often coasts along, letting his great voice recite the melody and conclude the song with little effort. When he chooses to extend himself, as on ‘Can’t Keep A Good Man Down’ or ‘All Over The World,’ you hear the vocal flourishes, soulful ardor, and skill that have stamped him a reggae legend. Otherwise, you get nicely crafted, pro forma performances.”

YouTube: Revolution pt 1, Have You Ever Been In Love, Hold On To What You’ve Got, Sitting And Watching – 12inch / Taxi, Revolution Part 2, Can’t Keep A Good Man Down, All Over The World

Lloyd Daley’s Matador Productions, 1968-1972

Posted in Alton Ellis, Dennis Brown, Lloyd Daley, Ska, Studio One with tags , , , , on January 22, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Like many of reggae’s best producers, Lloyd Daley remains virtually unknown outside of Jamaica, though his name and that of his Matador label will evoke smiles of recognition among hardcore reggae fans. Heartbeat was the first American label to release a compilation of classic Matador sides, and the result is spectacular. There are many predictable gems from famous artists — notably U Roy, who toasts in classic fashion on ‘Sound of the Wise,’ and Alton Ellis, whose ‘Back to Africa’ is one of the truly archetypal repatriation anthems — but even more impressive are the stellar contributions from the relative unknowns. Perhaps the best track on the album is the deeply moving ‘Cholera’ by the Jesters, a beautiful and melancholy depiction of the horror of contagious disease in a tropical climate; on the lighter side are equally fine songs by obscure harmony groups like the Creators (‘Bad Name’) and the Caribbeans (‘Let Me Walk By’), and the exquisite ‘Repatriation’ by Audley Rollins.”
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“Lloyd Daley also known as Matador (born 12 July 1939, Kingston, Jamaica) is a Jamaican electronic technician, sound system pioneer and reggae producer. Daley worked as a linotype apprentice for short time, while attending Kingston Technical High School, where he graduated in electronics. He built his first amplifier to boost the signal strength of his army surplus walkie-talkie, and he converted this amplifier into a sound system amplifier, and in 1956 started his ‘Lloyd’s the Matador’ sound system at Victoria Avenue, one of the first sound systems in Jamaica, named after bullfighters.”

YouTube: Bongo Nyah – Little Roy, LLOYD CHARMERS – ZYLON, Death A Come – Lloyd Robinson, Let Me Walk By – The Caribbeans, AUDLEY ROLLINS – Repatriation, Dennis Brown – Things In Life, Owe Me No Pay Me – The Ethiopians, Back To Africa- Alton Ellis, The Viceroys – Take your hand from my neck, THE SCORCHERS – Ugly man, Deliver Us – Blake Boy

Junior Delgado – 12″ Famine / Dub (1978)

Posted in Dennis Brown, Dub, Junior Delgado with tags , , on January 18, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

YouTube: 12″ Famine / Dub. Produced by: Dennis Brown.