Archive for Dub

Keith Rowe – Stop that train / Groovy situation / Living My Life (1967-77-78)

Posted in Big Youth, Dancehall, Dub, Lee "Scratch" Perry with tags , , , on December 16, 2017 by 1960s: Days of Rage


Keith & Tex are the Jamaican rocksteady duo of Keith Rowe and Phillip Texas Dixon, best known for their 1967 hit ‘Stop That Train‘. Keith Rowe (Born Keith Barrington Rowe) grew up in the Washington Gardens area of Saint Andrew Parish, across the road from Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s home and future studio, on the outskirts of Kingston. Phillip Texas Dixon grew up in the Pembroke Hall area and they were introduced by a mutual friend. Starting out as a five man group singing on the corner, they were encouraged to try to get recorded. They soon began auditioning for local producers but were rejected by Prince Buster, Coxsone Dodd and Duke Reid, the group having lost confidence broke up leaving two. Keith and Tex were left and auditioned for Derrick Harriott where they eventually found success. …  Rowe joined the US Army in 1972, staying in for twenty years, but also found time for music, recording as a solo artist, working with producer Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, releasing tracks such as ‘Groovy Situation’ and ‘Living My Life’, and recording further singles in the US, including a few on his own KEBAR label. …”
Wikipedia
KEITH ROWE: LIVING HIS LIFE
YouTube: Stop that train – Keith, Tex & Friends, Groovy situation, Living My Life

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Dubcast Vol.05 (Mixed by Bent Back Sounds)

Posted in Dub with tags on October 1, 2017 by 1960s: Days of Rage


“For the fifth installment of our Dubcast series, we’ve collaborated with fellow Brooklynite and label head Bent Backs Sound. Passionate about the 80’s era of reggae, Bent Backs Sound has collected records for over 10 years before becoming a label in its own right. The first part of this dubcast pays tribute to some of the artists and labels who influenced the sound via a fine vinyl selection. The second part of the dubcast serves as a Bent Backs Records showcase, showing off some killer exclusive dubplates and leaking unreleased tracks freshly out of the dub factory.”
Brooklyn Radio (Mixcloud)

Prince Allah – Naw Go A Funeral + Version (1978)

Posted in Dub, Joe Gibbs with tags , on July 28, 2017 by 1960s: Days of Rage


“Keith Blake (born 10 May 1950), better known as Prince Alla (sometimes Prince Allah or Ras Allah) is a Jamaican roots reggae singer whose career began in the 1960s, and has continued with a string of releases into the 2000s. Born in St. Elizabeth, and raised in Denham Town, Kingston, Jamaica, Blake’s career began in the vocal group The Leaders with Milton Henry and Roy Palmer, who recorded three tracks for producer Joe Gibbs in the late 1960s. When The Leaders broke up, Blake continued to work with Gibbs, who issued his debut solo release, ‘Woo Oh Oh’. Blake had been interested in the Rastafari movement since he had a vision as a child, and in 1969, Blake’s Rastafarian faith saw him get heavily involved in Jamaica’s camp community, withdrawing from the music scene and living in Prince Emmanuel Edwards‘ camp at Bull Bay. …”
Wikipedia
YouTube: Naw Go A Funeral + Version

Joe Morgan – Basement session (1976)

Posted in Dub, Joe Morgan with tags , on June 26, 2017 by 1960s: Days of Rage


“Lloyd Barnes’ Bullwackies studio, in the Bronx, surely was the best place to record deep roots reggae outside Jamaica. It’s most well known tunes were recorded in the early 80’s, when the studio’s sound had turned amazingly ‘Black Arkish’. But I’m even more fond of the original, and already particularly mystic sound it had in the 70’s. This chronicle of a New York basement party, featuring a fabulous horns line answering Joe Morgan’s vocal, is one my favourite from these days.”
Soul of Anbessa
YouTube: Basement Session

Ruffy & Tuffy

Posted in Augustus Pablo, Dub, Rockers International with tags , , on May 5, 2017 by 1960s: Days of Rage


“Othis ‘Tuffy Radikal’ Newton is a singer of unique caliber. His special tone and expression are used to bridge culture and roots with dancehall. This mellow singer has a history in Reggae Music Fraternity, being half of the duo Ruffy and Tuffy, twin brothers. Both were born to a Rastafari Empress in the inner city of Kingston, Jamaica. His mother named him Otis after the great soul singer Otis Redding. He started his musical journey at the age of seven, singing in Nyabinghi choir, and made his first stage appearance dancing on stage with Bob Marley, and the I-Threes at age 13. Ruffy and Tuffy gained popularity with a song dating back to 1985 called ‘Take One Step’, which was released by Rockers International Label. This was followed by an album titled ‘Climax’ which was released in Europe two years later, consisting of four songs with the version on the flip side. Sales from the album was very encouraging, especially in Europe, and this helped spark another release in 1992 called ‘Harm no One’ and ‘Danger Zone’ produced by Augustus Pablo also on Rockers International Label. …”
Reggae Discography
YouTube: Take One Step + Dub, Harm No One / Augustus Pablo Version, If The 3rd World War Is A Must, The Day After + Version, Climax + Version, Beholld & Behold Dub

Joe Gibbs ‎– Dub Serial (1973)

Posted in Dub, Joe Gibbs with tags , on April 21, 2017 by 1960s: Days of Rage


Greensleeves is re-releasing the first and long lost dub set by one of our alltime favourite producers Joe Gibbs. Originally issued circa 1973 alongside other classic early dub sets including Lee Perry’s Black Board Jungle and Rhythm Shower, Herman Chin-Loy’s Aquarius Dub, Randy’s Java Dub (mixed by Errol Thompson), Prince Buster’s The Message Dubwise and others. Virtually unheard since that time, it’s a dubhead’s dream come true, with early raw drum and bass cuts to Gibbs’s cut to Satta Massagana, Love Me Girl, Money In My Pocket and the killer cut to He Prayed used by Big Youth for his Foreman Vs Frasier. Spare on the effects, just a bit of echo and reverb and a couple of vicious tape rewinds. If you dig Joe’s African Dub chapters, you’ll need this album too. Dub Serial can also be found on cd in the boxset Evolution Of Dub Vol.1, also on Greensleeves.”
Elephant Soundsystem
YouTube: Dub serial 34:45

Carlton Jackson

Posted in Black Ark, Dub, Lee "Scratch" Perry with tags , , on March 20, 2017 by 1960s: Days of Rage


“b. c.1955, Greenwich Town, Jamaica, West Indies. Jackson began his musical career on the Ethiopian Hi Fi Sound System in the early 70s. To be a serious contender on the sound system circuit, the operators would secure unique dub plates, and this led Jackson to Lee Perry’s Black Ark studio in Washington Gardens. At the studio, Perry persuaded Jackson to record his debut, the timeless ‘History’. The song related the history of Afro-Caribbeans from slavery to the awakening of Rastafari: ‘I was bound in chains and taken to the Caribbean – The new faces that I met – Sayin’ they are my master – to teach I to be like fools – Jah Jah’. The song surfaced in the UK on a limited-edition Upsetter discomix, where it was snapped up by Perry enthusiasts, and it was later remixed and re-released in Jamaica on Jackson’s own Ital International label. Jackson followed the song with ‘Only Jah Can Do It’, but elected to concentrate on working with other artists, including the Soul Syndicate, Prince Allah, Sammy Dread and Bunny Wailer. There was a brief return to performing in 1982 when he recorded ‘Disarmament’, ably supported by Roots Radics. By the mid-80s he returned to production and promotional work in the USA on behalf of reggae. While based in New York, Jackson worked with a variety of contemporary dancehall singers, including Cocoa Tea, Pinchers and Sanchez. In the late 80s Jackson toured Europe with Pinchers and settled in London, when the release of Open The Gate, featuring ‘History’, ensured the performer cult status.”
allmusic
Carlton Jackson – History. This lyric contains biblical references.
YouTube: History Of Captivity, History (alternate Jamaican mix) (re) Lee Perry production, Disarmament (Ital International), Only Jah will do