Archive for Pablo Moses

Pablo Moses – We Should Be In Angola (1976)

Posted in Dub, Pablo Moses with tags , on August 10, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“After a long and bloody struggle, in 1975 Angola finally wrested its independence from its colonial master, Portugal. Unfortunately, nationhood did not mean the end of the struggle, for South African forces promptly invaded the country in the months before independence, fanning the flames of civil war. Providing men, arms, and training to the puppet UNITA faction, South Africa (with the able assistance of the U.S.) kept the war raging for decades. Which explains why Pablo Moses was proclaiming ‘We Should Be in Angola.’ With agile reasoning, the singer explains that Jamaicans should stop fighting each other, and instead join the MPLA in driving out the South African intruders. Moses delivered his unusual unity theme wrapped in a revolutionary message with suitable insistence, with strong harmony support from Don Prendes and Val Bailey. The musical backing is irrepressible, its solid roots rockers rhythm and bouncy organ wrapping the entire arrangement in an upbeat atmosphere. Expertly produced by Geoffrey Chung, this was yet another hit for the rising roots star.”

YouTube: 7” Pablo Moses – We Should Be In Angola (& Dub)

Pablo Moses – I Man a Grasshopper (1975)

Posted in Pablo Moses with tags on July 21, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

I Man A Grasshopper - A
“It was with this quite astonishing single that Pablo Moses was introduced to the roots reggae world in 1975. Moses penned ‘I Man a Grasshopper’ in response to a real-life incident, when his mother’s lodger informed the police that Moses was smoking marijuana. Moses was particularly incensed because he had deliberately steered clear of the renter, and hypocritically enough, the lodger loved his drink even more than Moses enjoyed his ganja. That fact was reflected in Moses’ lyric ‘That man loves sea and fish bowl,’ an intriguing metaphor for a drunkard. It was several years before the song was actually recorded, when it finally came to the attention of producer Geoffrey Chung, whose guitarist brother Mikey was good friends with Moses. At that point, the producer took the singer straight to the Black Ark studio, with Mikey in tow, and Mike Murray of the In Crowd tossed out the sensational rock guitar leads that sear the backing. The riddim, which also featured Clive Hunt on bass and Robby Lynn on organ, was one of the first true rock-reggae hybrids, an incredible number virtually unique in sound. Released in 1975, ‘Grasshopper’ shredded the Jamaican chart, then hopped off to ravage the reggae scenes abroad. One of the most awesome debuts in Jamaican history.”

YouTube: I Man A Grass Hopper / Part II (Custom Disco)

Pablo Moses – Revolutionary Dream (1976)

Posted in Lee "Scratch" Perry, Pablo Moses, Studio One, Tommy McCook with tags , , , on September 13, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

Pablo Moses - Revolutionnary Dream
“Under the guidance of producer Geoffrey Chung, Pablo Moses made his recorded debut in 1975 with ‘I Man a Grasshopper’: an autobiographical herb tale cut at Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s Black Ark studio. Featuring Chung himself on clavinet, his brother Mikey and the In Crowd’s Michael Murray on rhythm and lead guitar, Clive Hunt on bass, and Robby Lyn on piano, the song provided Hunt’s Sound Track label with a hit single. Moses followed up with a small batch of reality gems like ‘Blood Money,’ ‘We Should Be in Angola,’ and ‘One People,’ further boosting the singer’s profile, both in Jamaica and the U.K. Revolutionary Dream, Moses’ debut full-length released in 1976, brought most of those early singles together with eight additional mid-’70s productions. Throughout, the singer maintains a peaceful disposition, expounding thoughtfully upon cultural and reality subjects over the slow tempos established by drummer Leroy ‘Horsemouth’ Wallace. The music is characterized by a refined cool, and Geoffrey Chung isn’t afraid to tilt the sound toward a rock influence with a guitar solo or two (note Murray’s leads on ‘I Man a Grasshopper’). Underneath the polished productions, however, Revolutionary Dream presents Moses as a roots singer in the tradition of Yabby You, Sylford Walker, and Burning Spear, and that’s hardly bad company to be in. A stunning debut, and Moses’ finest album-length outing.”

YouTube: Revolutionary dream [Side A], Revolutionary dream [Side B]

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