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Niney the Observer – At King Tubby’s: Dub Plate Specials 1973-1975

Posted in Dub, King Tubby, Niney the Observer with tags , , on February 15, 2017 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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“Reggae producer Niney the Observer was one of the key figures in Jamaican music during the wildly fruitful period in the ’70s that gave birth to many of reggae’s classic albums. Niney (nicknamed thusly after losing one of his fingers) worked with everyone of note in his day, engineering sessions for Bunny Lee and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry as well as producing some intense dubs at King Tubby’s studio. Some of the best results of Niney’s time at Tubby’s studio are represented here, with drastically alternate mixes to some of his best-known hits. From the start of the collection, signature sounds of Tubby’s dubs infiltrate the mixes. The studio’s brand is all over Dub Plate Specials 1973-1975, from the echo-saturated tape delay of ‘Set Dub Free’ to the minimalist deconstruction of the bass-heavy ‘Tenement Dub.'”
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Dennis Brown – Westbound Train (1973)

Posted in Dennis Brown, Niney the Observer with tags , on May 18, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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YouTube: Westbound Train
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Niney the Observer – Sledgehammer Dub in the Streets of Jamaica (1977)

Posted in Dub, King Tubby, Niney the Observer with tags , , on March 18, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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“The British Motion label is gradually assuming a place second only to the mighty Blood & Fire in the roots reggae and dub reissue marketplace. The latest in its ongoing series of crucial reggae reissues is a collection of classic Niney the Observer rhythms originally produced by Errol Thompson and Phillip Smart (except for two Cimarrons tracks, both produced by Syd Bucknor), all of them dubbed up in classic style by King Tubby. Except for the Cimarrons selections, all of the instrumental tracks are played by the redoubtable Soul Syndicate band, which at the time was anchored by bassist George ‘Fully’ Fullwood and drummer Carlton ‘Santa’ Davis. Davis had mastered the ‘flying cymbal’ drum style that had recently become popular and that can be heard on so many singles of the time, as well as many of the tracks on this album. Sledgehammer Dub includes purely instrumental dub versions of classic songs by the Heptones (‘Why Must I’) and Dennis Brown (‘Voice of My Father’), among others; the CD version’s four bonus tracks include a haunting dub cut of Big Youth’s ‘4 Dead 19 Gone a Jail.’ No dub fanatic should pass this one up.”
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YouTube: Niney the Observer–New Style, Dub 51, You’re No Dub Baby, Head Line, Dub Long Rastafari, Kingsgate Version, Travelling Version, Everyone’s Dubbing, Tribulation Version

Observation Station – Niney the Observer (1991)

Posted in Dancehall, Dub, Niney the Observer with tags , , on August 4, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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“The golden touch of producer Winston ‘Niney’ Holness is on vivid display throughout this compilation of rare and classic reggae sides from the ’70s. Niney has worked with many of Jamaica’s top male vocalists, including Michael Rose, represented by an early version of ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’ (recorded in the ’80s as a member of Black Uhuru with production by Sly & Robbie), ‘cool ruler’ Gregory Issacs with ‘PayMaster,’ and Dennis Brown, one of Niney’s most frequent collaborators, with ‘No More Will I Roam.’ One vocalist who most definitely does not make an appearance is Bob Marley, who accused Niney of plagiarism when he released his biggest hit, ‘Blood and Fire’ (which he performed as well as produced).”
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YouTube: Tumbling Down, Pure Illusion, Guess Who Is Coming To Dinner, Blood And Fire, No More Will I Roam