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Junior Byles – 129 Beat Street: Ja-Man Special 1975-1978 (1998)

Posted in Black Ark, House of Music, Junior Byles, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Pablo Moses, Rastafarians, Studio One with tags , , , , , , on May 20, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“A collection of four Junior Byles tracks from his post-Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry era and seven tracks from lesser-known artists like Rupert Reid, Pablo Moses and others, 129 Beat Street highlights some of the best cuts from the little-known House of Music studio operated by Dudley ‘Manzie’ Swaby and Leroy ‘Bunny’ Hollett. In addition to that unifying theme, all the classic roots tracks are held together by thumping bass, exquisite singing and strongly conscious Rastafarian messages. While most of the reggae from the same era came from such big name studios as Black Ark and Studio One, this compilation demonstrates that the supply of talent in Jamaica was extremely pervasive, as is clearly evident on standout tracks like ‘Chant Down Babylon,’ ‘See the Dread Deh’ and ‘Remember Me.'”

“In America the releases of the Blood and Fire label from England have been received as something like the holy grail as most of this music – some of Jamaica’s finest – was previously unavailable to anyone but diehard 7″ fanatics, an increasingly internecine community of curmudgeons and control freaks that includes some of my best friends. Junior Byles and Friends – 129 Beat Street : Ja-Man Special 1975 – 1978 might seem like a cumbersome title, especially for a CD that has only four Junior Byles cuts, but they are four cuts previously available only on 7″ and include the sublime ‘Remember Me’ and the glorious ‘Pitchy Patchy’ (and are generally offered in extended mixes that incorporate the B-side dub sections) so I’m not complaining. Bonus points offered for the inclusion of Pablo Moses’ ‘One People’ and Bim Sherman’s ‘Mighty Ruler’, both must-own knockout tracks and both also offered in extended mixes.”
Blood And Fire

Junior Byles
“Kerrie Byles (born July 17, 1948 in Kingston, Jamaica), also known as ‘Junior Byles’, ‘Chubby’, or ‘King Chubby’, is a Jamaican reggae singer. …”

YouTube: Junior Byles & Rupert Reid – Chant Down Babylon, Dave Robinson – My Homeland, Remember Me (Extended), Bim Sherman – Mighty ruler, Pitchy Patchy, Know Where You’re Going, U Brown – So Long, Rupert Reid – See The Dread Deh