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Prince Buster

Posted in Blue Beat Records, Coxsone Dodd, Prince Buster with tags , , on September 12, 2016 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Lester Sterling, the celebrated saxophonist trained at Kingston’s famous Alpha Boys School and member of the legendary Skatalites, didn’t realize Jamaican music pioneer Prince Buster was so multitalented when he first met him. None of the big producers in the 1950s and Sixties, after all, were also musicians, singers or performers. … From biking around Kingston delivering records by hand to becoming one of the foundational giants in Jamaican music, Cecil ‘Prince Buster’ Campbell, who died on Thursday, left an enormous legacy as the King of Ska. The musician’s telltale bounce and clap of Jamaican ska is unmistakably as unique as its creator. …”
Rolling Stone – Prince Buster: Jamaica’s True Voice of the People (Video)
Guardian (Video)
YouTube: Madness, Enjoy Yourself, One Step Beyond, Rough Rider, Al Capone, Ten Commandments, Lion Of Judah, 30 Pieces Of Silver, Wings Of A Dove, They Got To Come, They Got To Go, Hard Man Fe Dead, Black Head Chiniman, Whine And Grine (Behind Bars), Why Am I Treated So Bad (Dub), Sata A Miss Gana (Dub), Swing Low (Dub), Etc.

Rude Reggae: Rough Riders

Posted in Bob Marley and the Wailers, Laurel Aitken, Max Romeo, Nora Dean, Prince Buster, Ska with tags , , , , , on July 27, 2016 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“We are back with another Reggae article! ‘Rude Reggae – Rough Riders’ has been taken from a Black Music Magazine from 1974. It was, in fact, part of a special called Sexy Soul, Blue Blues and Rude Reggae. The author of the Reggae section was Carl Gayle, as usual, providing an entertaining and interesting read. … At its worst, rude reggae can plumb the depths of childish smut. At its best, it has an earthy and unselfconscious directness which can make the prudest of prudes explode with laughter. Rude reggae has always been around, but it wasn’t until about two years ago that most British record buyers got their first mild taste of it through the work of the jokey, amiable Judge Dread and his ‘Big Six’ (later followed by ‘Big Seven’ and ‘Big Eight’). ‘Big Six’ was banned by the BBC, which boosted its sales. But in truth Dread’s songs are pretty tame and it is significant that his most suggestive track, ‘Dr. Kitch’, is not his own song but simply a version of the original calypso by Lord Kitchener, issued in Britain a decade ago on the fielding Island label – Jump Up- (and covered by Georgie Fame). …”
“… One of Buster’s first rude records was ‘Rough Rider’, released in 1968. The subject of the song is a duel between the consenting couple in which the singer is clearly in some discomfort after losing the first round: ‘She was a rough rider, cool stroker, strong winner. . . / I had a hard night, last night”. A year later Buster was revealing frustration in ‘Wreck a Pum Pum’ with similar aggression: ‘I want a girl to wreck her pum pum / and if she ugly I don’t mind / I have a . . . and I want a grind.’ If there’s one singer who’s had as much influence as Buster on later Jamaican rude records it has to be the inimitable Laurel Aitken, who seems to be at his best when he’s being vulgar. ‘Fire In Your Wire’ was a ‘shocker’ when it appeared in 1968 as much for Aitken’s gruff, exaggerated vocal style as for the potently suggestive music and lyrics. …”
“… The first set of rude records came from the ‘ska’ era. Justin Hines and The Dominoes made the most notable contribution in this field, Hines’ extravagantly ethnic vocal style lent itself well to the group’s two best known suggestive songs, ‘Penny Reel’ and ‘Rub Up Push Up’. In the latter, he suggests an ideal ways of making it up after a quarrel: ‘You rub up, you push up, you love up because you know you were wrong’. The Heptones’ biggest selling record ‘Fatty Fatty’ (1967) was their first ever record and was their only flirtation with the rude medium. It’s a cool atmospheric rocksteady song exposing the singer’s frustration as he begins to look forward to what he’d like to be doing tonight. …”
The Ballroom Blitz
YouTube: Judge Dread – Big Six, Lord Kitchener – Dr. Kitch aka The Needle (1963), Prince Buster & All Stars – Rough Rider, Prince Buster – Wreck A Pum Pum, Laurel Aitken – Pussy Price, Justin Hines And The Dominoes – Rub Up Push Up, The Heptones – Fattie Fattie, Derrick Morgan – Kill Me Dead, Lloyd Terrel – Bang Bang Lulu, Max Romeo – Wet Dream, Nora Dean – Barbwire, Wailing Wailers – Bend Down Low

Jamaica Ska – Prince Buster & The Maytals with The Ska Busters (1964)

Posted in Prince Buster, Ska with tags , on March 25, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

YouTube: Prince Buster & The Maytals with The Ska Busters – Jamaica Ska, He Is Real

Prince Buster And The All Stars ‎– Ten Commandments / Pharaoh House Crash (1969)

Posted in Prince Buster, Rocksteady, Ska with tags , , on January 19, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

YouTube: Pharaoh House Crash, Ten Commandments

Prince Buster – Big Five (1967)

Posted in Prince Buster with tags on December 26, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

YouTube: Big Five

Prince Buster – The Message Dubwise (1972)

Posted in Prince Buster with tags on August 19, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“On an island overflowing with exceptional talent on both sides of the mixing board, to suggest that just one man was the most influential is perhaps absurd, but if you took a poll, Prince Buster would inevitably win by a wide margin. He remains synonymous with ska, while being equally important to rocksteady. From Judge Dread to rude reggae, Prince Buster has left his imprint across Jamaica’s musical landscape, both as a singer and a producer. 2-Tone wouldn’t have existed without him, and by extension, neither would the third wave. And over 45 years after he first appeared on the music scene, Prince Buster was still making an impact. …”
Zero Sounds

“If anything could be said to have assured the future of dub, it was the decision to release full-length albums dedicated exclusively to the nascent genre. The first began appearing in 1972, with Prince Buster’s Message Dubwise among these originating sets. Mixed down by Carlton Lee, the highly innovative ten-track strong album highlights Buster’s strengths as a producer, as well as his distinctive style. And although some of the dubs are invariably bass led, including the title track and the bouncy ‘Jet Black,’ Buster was drum mad, and so the percussion is often pulled to the fore, notably on the crash, bang, wallop of ‘Why Am I Treated So Bad’ and the nyahbinghi-fied ‘Sata a Miss Gana,’ one of the most evocative numbers on the set. …”

YouTube: SATA A MASA GANA, Java Plus, Swing Low, Why Am I Treated So Bad, Swing Low

Prince Buster All Stars – Idi Amin (1975)

Posted in Channel One, Dub, Prince Buster, The Revolutionaries with tags , , , on July 19, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

YouTube: Idi Amin

Prince Buster – Al Capone / One Step Beyond (1964)

Posted in Blue Beat Records, Prince Buster, Ska with tags , , on June 29, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

YouTube: Al Capone / One Step Beyond

Prince Buster – Hard Man Fe Dead (1966)

Posted in Prince Buster, Ska with tags , on May 19, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“A tribute to the tough guy, ‘Hard Man Fe Dead’ was one of a number of singles that Prince Buster released in 1966 aimed directly at the rising tide of rude boys. And few songs, by Buster or any other artist, better summed up the rudie attitude than this. Apparently indestructible, no matter how many times he’s knocked down, even on his way to the cemetery, the hard man comes back to life. If the lyrics were sure to meet the approval of the rudies, the music was equally made to please. Proto-rocksteady, the tempo had slowed noticeably from ska, but still maintained a jumped-up feel; the backing harmonies too transformed genres, while the horns gave the hard man a New Orleans send-off. The single was an immediate hit, and quickly became a classic. Decades later, the U.S. ska band the Toasters would cover the song and title their 1996 album after it.”

“You pick him up, you lick him down
Him bounce right back
What a hard man fe dead (Hard man fe dead)
You pick him up, you lick him down
Him bounce right back
What a hard man fe dead (Hard man fe dead)”

YouTube: Hard Man Fe Dead

Prince Buster – Madness (1964)

Posted in Blue Beat Records, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Prince Buster, Ska with tags , , , on April 25, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Prince Buster initially began composing this haunting classic while on his first tour of Britain back in 1964. Three years later, he would complete it, turning the song into a rocksteady classic. It’s unusual lyrical format — a letter to a friend — was borrowed from the literary world, and this was a favored writing device of Jamaican poets. However, Buster gives it all a twist, because he’s not writing to the living, but to the dead, enquiring after departed friends and acquaintances, and sending messages to his many late mates. It’s all set to an appropriately atmospheric melody, with Lee Perry providing the ghostly backing vocal and the interjected ‘ah, duppies’ (ghosts).”
YouTube: Madness, Ghost Dance