Archive for Jacob Miller

Jacob Miller – “Healing of the Nation” (1978)

Posted in Jacob Miller, Tommy Cowan with tags , on October 21, 2017 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Jacob Miller returns yet again to one of his favorite themes, the legalization of ganja for ‘Healing of the Nation’. This time around he addresses himself directly to the Jamaican government, with a series of respectful and well reasoned arguments. ‘You no fight against the rum-man, you no fight against the wine-man, you no fight against the cigarette smoking, yet you know, yes you know, these things give cancer.’ Instead, the Jamaican government expends vast amount of resources chasing down and jailing the colliemen, when in fact, according to Miller, collie cures cancer. There’s little, if any research, to support that claim, but still the singer has a case to make when he declares that an end to criminalization would bring about a healing of the nation. Produced by Tommy Cowan, and backed by Inner Circle and several Revolutionaries, the song features a suitably militant rhythm, the peppering of drum beats and percussion offset by the throbbing bass, and shadowed by the bright riffs and anthemic melody. Miller brings every ounce of conviction to his delivery, echoed by the musicians own sizzling performance. This fabulous single was released under Miller’s name alone in 1978, and included on his Wanted album.”
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Jacob Miller ‎– Mixed Up Moods (1979)

Posted in Coxsone Dodd, Jacob Miller, Studio One with tags , , on August 16, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

Jacob Miller - Mixed Up Moods (Cd)
“Jacob Miller (May 4, 1952 – March 23, 1980) was a Jamaican reggae artist, who first recorded with Clement Dodd. While pursuing a prolific solo career, he became the lead singer for reggae group Inner Circle with whom he recorded until his death in a car accident at the age of 27. Jacob Miller was known as one of Jamaica’s most distinctive vocal stylists, with a trademark vibrato he used to accent his performance. He was born in Mandeville, Jamaica to Joan Ashman and Desmond Elliot. At the age of eight he moved to Kingston, Jamaica where he grew up with his maternal grandparents. In Kingston, Miller began spending time at popular studios including Clement Dodd’s Studio One. He recorded three songs for Dodd, including “Love is a Message” in 1968, which the Swaby brothers, (Horace, later called Augustus Pablo, and Garth) played at their Rockers Sound System. While the song did not garner much success nor maintain Dodd’s attention in Miller, it resulted in Pablo’s sustained interest in Miller. …’

YouTube: Mixed Up Moods 57:18
00:00 – Mix Up Moods 04:20 – Mr. R Officer 08:18 – Jolly Joseph 12:36 – Come Seek Jah 17:39 – Take a Lift 21:37 – Chapter a Day 28:48 – Mix Up Moods [2nd Version] 34:18 – Once Upon a Time 38:26 – Is It War 41:51 – Election Now 45:28 – Olympic Boycott 49:40 – Russian Invasion 53:51 – Hostage 50

Jacob Miller – False Rasta (1975)

Posted in Augustus Pablo, Coxsone Dodd, Jacob Miller, Rastafarians, Studio One with tags , , , on April 26, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“A deeply dread song deserves the heaviest and most atmospheric of rhythms, and ‘False Rasta’ boasts one of the most militant around. The bass line can barely heave itself off the ground so weighty is its throb, the organ swoops ominously through the air, the melodica haunts the grooves, while the riffs sear the wax. Only producer Augustus Pablo’s pretty piano lines stops the rhythm from sinking into the earth. Pablo’s arrangement plays straight to the heart of Jacob Miller’s impassioned affirmation of dreadness. Its title is deceptive however, and doesn’t actually address false rastas at all, but instead is an inspired indictment of those that judge solely on appearance, turning their backs on their Rasta brethren.”

YouTube: False Rasta

Inner Circle – Heavyweight Dub/Killer Dub (1999)

Posted in Bunny Lee, Dub, Inner Circle, Jacob Miller with tags , , , on November 26, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

Inner Circle -Heavyweight Dub + Killer dub(CD 1999)
“This disc is comprised of two dub albums released by Inner Circle in 1978. At that point, Inner Circle was more popular in Jamaica than Bob Marley & the Wailers. Their singer, Jacob Miller, was already famous for songs like ‘Tenement Yard’ and ‘Tired fe Lick Weed in a Bush.’ Most of the rhythms from which these dub tracks are derived were originally released on the albums Killer Miller and Wanted; they were dubbed by Maximilian at the Channel One studio and by Prince Jammy at King Tubby’s. On the program are dub versions of ‘Land Called Home’ (rendered here as ‘Addis Ababa Rock’), ‘Killer Miller’ (‘Killer Dub’), and ‘Standing Firm’ (‘Frelimo’), among others — in typical Blood & Fire fashion, the liner notes specify most of the relationships between dub and vocal versions. It’s too bad that more of Miller’s vocals weren’t left in some of these mixes, but the rhythms themselves are rock-solid and Prince Jammy’s dub treatments are particularly sharp.”

“The latest Blood and Fire issue collects two fine dub albums -both released in 1978- made by Inner Circle. During that period the band were extremely poular on the island, even exceeding the popularity of Bob Marley and The Wailers. They started out 30 years ago -in 1969-, incorporating future members of Third World, Ibo Cooper and Cat Coore. The foundation members were the brothers Ian Monteith Lewis on bass, and Roger Lewis on guitars. Their initial chart succes came in 1971 with the recording of Eric Donaldson’s Song Festival tune ‘Cherry Oh Baby’, a tune produced by Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee. Further chart succes was achieved with the recording of Eric Donaldson’s ‘Love Of The Common People’. In 1973, as Third World formed, they recruited a new drummer and keyboard player. With Jacob ‘Killer’ Miller as lead vocalist they began a run of success that only ended with Jacob’s untimely death in a car crash in 1980. Their collaboration with producer Tommy Cowan resulted in the release of several albums of mainly covers. In 1976 they signed to Capital Records who released two albums ‘Reggae Thing’ and ‘Ready For The World’ that caught the band trying to make headway in the US market they would eventually conquer after Jacob’s death. Meanwhile they released a string of Jamaican hits like ‘Tenement Yard’, Forward Jah Jah Children’ and Tired Fe Lick Weed Inna Bush’. The signing up to Island Records in 1977 led to the release of the album ‘Everything Is Great’.
The dub cuts found here were mainly drawn from Jacob Miller’s more heavy, rootsy albums issued on the Top ranking label, ‘Killer Miller’ and ‘Wanted’. …”
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YouTube: 1. Copper Bullet 2. Fidel At The Control 3. General Amin 4. Frelimo 5. Down Rhodesia 6. Bad Reputation 7. Peace Time Now 8. Too Much War 9. Unempolyment Rock 10. Massacre 11. Release Dub 12. Careless Dub 13. Dread At The Control 14. Meditation Rock 15. Rock For Ever 16. Shaky Dub 17. All Babylonians 18. Killer Dub 19. Addis Ababa Rock