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Glen Brown

Posted in Augustus Pablo, Dub, Glen Brown with tags , , on January 22, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Glen Brown (born Glenmore Lloyd Brown, Jamaica), also known as ‘God Son’ and ‘The Rhythm Master’, is a Jamaican singer, musician, and record producer, working primarily in the genres of reggae and dub. He currently resides in New York. Brown began his musical career in the 1960s as vocalist with Sonny Bradshaw’s jazz group, subsequently recording duets with Hopeton Lewis, Lloyd Robinson and Dave Barker for producers such as Duke Reid and Coxsone Dodd. In the early 1970s, he began working as a producer, initially for the Shalimar label, and recorded Augustus Pablo-influenced melodica tracks, such as 1972’s ‘Merry Up’. He also recorded for Prince Buster, Leslie Kong, and Derrick Harriott. He formed two record labels; Pantomime (or Pantomine), and South East Music, and produced tracks by U Roy, Gregory Isaacs, Big Youth, I-Roy, Prince Jazzbo, Johnny Clarke, Lloyd Parks, and Little Roy. …”

“Glenhope ‘Glen’ Brown began his musical career as a vocalist and Augustus Pablo-influenced melodeon player, recording solo tracks and singing harmony on tracks produced by Prince Buster, Sir Coxsone Dodd, Leslie Kong, Derrick Herriot. His greatest success has come as the founder and owner of his reggae and dub labels, Pantomine and South East Music, and the producer of tracks by U Roy, Gregory Isaacs, Big Youth, Prince Jazzbo, Johnny Clarke and Little Roy. The heavy rhythms of his dub tracks resulted in his being known as ‘The rhythm master’. While lack of funds resulted in his early recordings initially limited to one hundred copies, they’ve become increasingly available. Tunes recorded between 1969 and 1976 were reissued on the 1995 album, ‘The Way To Mt. Zion’, while tracks recorded with King Tubby between 1973 and 1979 were compiled on the 1996 collection, ‘Termination Dub’. Currently residing in New York, Brown remains active as a songwriter and producer. In 2000 Small Axe and Terminal Head remixed Brown’s work for a single release that included remixes of fellow reggae artist, Yabby You.”

YouTube: I’m Going Thru, Glen Brown & King Tubby – Collie Man, Way Of life, Jahova Come + World Conference, Lloyd Robinson & Glen Brown – Too Late, Detrimental Music, South East Music, God Sons

Welton Irie / Sylford Walker – Ghettoman Corner (1979)

Posted in Dancehall, DJ, Dub, Glen Brown, I-Roy, King Tubby, Riddims with tags , , , , , , on December 27, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Welton Irie nices up the ‘Ghettoman Corner’ on the title track to his 1979 Glen Brown produced and King Tubby mixed album. Recouping once again the money he laid out for Lloyd Parks’ seminal ‘Slaving’ single, for the title track Brown oversees yet another fabulous cut on the riddim. There again, ‘Slaving’ was good enough to support them all, with this version remixed by King Tubby in steppers style. Obviously thrilled with the result, Irie lets loose with a superb stream of consciousness toast that’s as propulsive as the riddim itself. Bouncing from cultural themes to the religious realm, Irie bustles about, pumping up the excitement, even when he inexplicably tosses in a counting song that sends ever more men to mow a meadow. ‘Corner’ was a DJ spectacular, inevitably entitling the DJ’s 1979 Brown produced album.”

YouTube: Ghettoman Corner, Black Man Get Up Tan Up Pon Foot (Give Jah The Glory) b/w King Tubby’s – Version, Sylford Walker-Chant Down Babylon, Welton Irie-Ghettoman Corner, I Roy-Black Man Time, Money Man Skank, Mr Irie, Greetings, Give Jah The Glory

Welton Irie / Sylford Walker – Lamb’s Bread International (1977)

Posted in Dancehall, DJ, Dub, Glen Brown, Greensleeves, King Tubby, Silford Walker, Sylford Walker, Welton Irie with tags , , , , , , , on September 15, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Sylford Walker is one of the more unjustly neglected reggae singers of the late ’70s. A member of producer Glen Brown’s small but illustrious stable, he recorded a string of fine, if not very commercially successful, singles during that period using some of the excellent instrumental tracks with which Brown had made himself famous among reggae fans. The best of those sides were compiled on the album Lamb’s Bread in 1990, which was released on the Greensleeves label in the U.K. and on Shanachie in the U.S., and promptly sank without a trace. At around the same time that Walker was recording for Brown, a little-known DJ named Welton Irie was toasting over dub versions of many of the same rhythms, and he later made use of some of Walker’s own performances. Welton’s performances would soon be collected on the album Ghettoman Corner. Lamb’s Bread International includes some of the best material from both of those albums: the title track is Welton Irie’s exceptional DJ version of Walker’s ‘Lamb’s Bread,’ while ‘Rolling Stone’ is, if anything, an even better version of Walker’s ‘Give Thanks and Praise to Jah.’ Perhaps best of all is the pairing of the rockers classic ‘Deuteronomy’ with its DJ version, the very heavy ‘Black Man Get Up Tan Up Pon Foot.’ The dub versions are all by King Tubby, which should be all the additional encouragement any reggae fan needs. Highly recommended.”
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“After Blood & Fire had released the deadly Glen Brown dub set ‘Termination Dub’ many revive fans were eagerly awaiting to release of a set with the original vocals to the King Tubby’s mixed drum and bass tracks contained therein. After three years Blood & Fire have finally compiled an album shared between roots singer Sylford Walker and deejay Welton Irie that does just that. And although most of these tracks have been available on prior collections from labels like Greensleeves Records, Shanachie and the producer’s own ‘Pantomime’, ‘Lambs Bread International’ is indispensable as Sylford Walker’s “Lamb’s Bread” and Welton Irie’s ‘Ghettoman Corner’ are no longer obtainable. Glen Brown emerged in the sixties as a vocalist with Sonny Bradshaw’s jazz group, but it was in the first half of the seventies that he established himself as a producer with a run of hits. Glen Brown, the ‘rhythm master’, became a sort of cult figure, not only due to his ability to create highly original, supremely tough riddims, but also because his tunes were often pressed in tiny quantities with labels re-used from previous releases, or occasionally on blank labels. …”
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YouTube: Lambs Bread International b/w Leggo The Herb Man Dub, Eternal Day (extended), Give Thanks & Praise To Jah / Welton Irie – Rolling Stone, Deuteronomy, Lambs Bread b/w Dub In African, Chant down Babylon, My father’s home land, Hear My Plea

Lloyd Parks – Slaving + Version (1973)

Posted in Glen Brown, I-Roy, Lloyd Parks with tags , , , on June 30, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

YouTube: Slaving + version (I-Roy)

Glen Brown and King Tubby – Termination Dub (1973-79)

Posted in Dub, Glen Brown, King Tubby with tags , , on January 12, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Originally a singer, Glen Brown first ventured into production in the early ’70s, releasing his distinct creations through homegrown labels. However, financial constraints ultimately led to a lack of success, with Brown unable to press as many copies as he would undoubtedly have been able to sell. Regardless, he continued to produce, turning out a series of excellent records during the second half of the decade. The rhythms Brown oversaw during those years, as performed by drummers Carlton Barrett and Carlton ‘Santa’ Davis, bassists Aston Barrett and Lloyd Parks, organists Winston Wright and Earl Lindo, and many others of similar stature, stand up to virtually anything from the roots era. On record, they propelled performances by DJ Welton Irie and singers Sylford Walker, Wayne Jarrett, Glenroy Richards, and Brown himself. His supreme rhythms in their raw forms, without vocals, are impressive enough, but the mixing hand of King Tubby succeeded in taking them to another level, enhancing the producer’s work in fine fashion.”
YouTube: Termination Dub, Save out dub, Leggo The Herbman Dub, Away With the Bad / World Dub, Wicked Tumbling (Version), Dub Universal, Wicked Can’t Run This Dub, Assack Lawn No. 1 Dub (version 1), Father For The Living Dubwise, There’s Dub, Lambs Bread Dubwise, Melodica International Extended