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Lacksley Castell (1959 – 1983)

Posted in Augustus Pablo, Hugh Mundell, Junior Reid, Lacksley Castell, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Prince Jammy with tags , , , , , on June 29, 2016 by 1960s: Days of Rage

Wikipedia – “Lacksley Castell, sometimes misspelled Laxley, Lacksly, Lasky or Locksley Castel (1959 – 1983) was a Jamaican reggae singer best known for his work in the early 1980s. Lacksley Castell was born in 1959, although some sources claim 1962. Growing up in Kingston‘s Waterhouse district, along with artists such as Black Uhuru and The Travellers, Lacksley recorded in what was known as the ‘Waterhouse style’. Castell became friends with Hugh Mundell who helped both him and his friend Junior Reid to get started in the music business. That resulted in Castell’s first single releases in 1978, ‘Babylon World’ and ‘Love in Your Heart’, recorded with Augustus Pablo. In 1979, he recorded ‘Jah Love Is Sweeter’ at Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry‘s Black Ark Studios, which was a pre-release reggae chart hit in the United Kingdom in August 1979, with ‘What a Great Day’ (produced by Prince Jammy) making the top five of the reggae 12-inch singles chart the same month. …”
YouTube: “Babylon World” and “Babylon Fall (version)”, Love In Your Heart, What a Great Day (& dub), Jah Love Is Sweeter + King Tubby’s Mix, My Collie Tree, African Queen, Unkind To Myself + Dub (NEGUS ROOTS), Jah Is Watching You, Government Man + Sly & Robbie – Dub The Government, Speak Softly, Tug A War Games, Johnny Brown + Version, Jah-Children (& Dub), Mother Mitchell (Far East Riddim), & Gregory Isaacs – Clash 12inch

Junior Reid – Babylon Release The Chain (1984)

Posted in Errol Thompson, Junior Reid with tags , on July 26, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

YouTube: Babylon Release The Chain

Junior Reid – Long Road (1991)

Posted in Dancehall, Junior Reid with tags , on May 28, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“… A number of top Jamaican artist have recorded there, and Junior Reid has produced a good number of critically respected albums. From his humble beginnings in the ghetto of Waterhouse to the CEO of a major recording studio and record label, Junior Reid has accomplished a great deal on this short time on earth. With his incisive, almost prophetic lyrics and unstinting support for the ghettoman cause, Junior Reid remains a roots artist of great power. The album ‘Long Road’ comes from 1991, the time when the singer was on the cusp of worldwide breakthrough poised to sign to Madonna’s label and nuff tings a gwaan. ‘Long Road’ contains a number of dance style collaborations with the UK based Coldcut: Stop This Crazy Thing, Actions Speak Louder Than Words and a remake of the hit single he recorded for Joe Gibbs, Babylon Release The Chains. The album is more a dance album rather than a reggae/dancehall set. On ‘Long Road’ Junior incorporates several dance/house/hip hop influences, and we have to say it’s not to our liking, but there is no accounting for tastes, so you’ll have to judge yourself.”
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YouTube: Long Road, Shanty Town, World Cry, Stop This Crazy Thing, Banana boat man, Banana Boat Man (koloko riddim), Actions Speak Louder Than Words Remix, Babylon Release The Chain

Junior Reid – Original Foreign Mind (1985)

Posted in Dancehall, Junior Reid with tags , on December 3, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

junior reid Original Foreign Mind
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Junior Reid – One Blood (1990)

Posted in Dancehall, Junior Reid, Robbie Shakespeare, Sly Dunbar with tags , , , on September 21, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

junior reid One Blood
“Junior Reid’s first solo outing since 1985, his first after departing from Black Uhuru, One Blood was a revolutionary set and a revelation. The stage was set with the release of the title track as an album taster, which proved to be a massive hit and one of the greatest reggae anthems of the decade. The single could have ended up overshadowing the rest of the set, as often happens in these cases, but in fact, the entire album was of equal caliber. Surprisingly, then, only one other track within, the equally anthemic ‘Sound,’ was spun off as a single, although at least another half a dozen tracks could have joined it on 45. One of the obvious choices was ‘Searching for Better,’ an emphatic, adamantly optimistic number that blends a sharp dancehall style with thumping hip-hop. ‘Fast Car’ revs into the dancehalls, with its tattoo of beats counterpointing the dark, rootsy bass and riffs. …”

YouTube: One Blood, A Nuh So, Who Done It, When It Snows, Fast Car, Married Life