Archive for Sugar Minott

Sugar Minott– Live Loving (1978)

Posted in Coxsone Dodd, Studio One, Sugar Minott with tags , , on August 27, 2016 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“… In a scene split between toasters and deep roots, Minott had invented an entirely new style and Dodd was quick to take advantage. It was pure serendipity, or incredible forethought, that the rhythms the pair used were ones that would soon be tearing up the dancehalls. It took a few releases for the Jamaican public to catch on, but by 1978, Minott had his first hit with the single ‘Vanity.’ More quickly followed and before the year was out, he released his debut album, Live Loving, which many credit as the first true dancehall album. …”
YouTube: Live Loving (full album)

Jamaiel Shabaka – I Am That I Am (1986)

Posted in Channel One, Dub, Jamaiel Shabaka, Sugar Minott with tags , , , on July 14, 2016 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“It was a record. It’s always a record. A few months ago, while on a visit to the best unsung record shop in Los Angeles, Mono Records, owner John pulled an intriguing LP off his oh-so-coveted shelf of not-yet-priced acquisitions. He wanted to show me a reggae record he didn’t know anything about, lost—but not so lost, as I would soon discover—in a huge collection of radical jazz he had just purchased. Credited to one Jamaiel Shabaka, it sounded both heavy and definitely different. Its intricate artwork read Land of the Rising Sun, and its back-sleeve notes only added to the mystery: Recorded and mixed at studios such as Hit City West (L.A.), Channel One and Music Mountain (Jamaica), engineered by four different people including legendary singer/producer Sugar Minott. …”
Jamaiel Shabaka cut his teeth with legend Sun Ra before recording the mysterious reggae LP The Land of the Rising Sun
YouTube: Jamaiel Shabaka – I Am That I Am 12″

Sugar Minott – Sufferer’s Choice (1983)

Posted in Sugar Minott with tags on August 25, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

sugar minott Sufferer's Choice
“The obvious follow-on from Buy Off the Bar, Sugar Minott’s excellent work with Sly & Robbie and the Roots Radics continues here, with Peter Chemist controlling the mix. Contrary to its title though, only side one of the album concerned sufferers and social commentary — the flip is pure lovers rock. Fittingly, U.K. fans chose one of each — ‘A Rough Ole Life (Babylon)’ and ‘Lover’s Race’ — and propelled them both straight into the charts. In reality, though, virtually the entire album was filled with worthy contenders for hits. Certainly ‘Rough Ole,’ with its hints of reggae’s past, had hit written all over it, but the title track, a slow, stripped down dub, is equally strong. The sublime ‘Uptown Ghetto’ created a rich atmosphere via a few well-placed guitar riffs and fat, booming beats, while the song’s theme of ghetto denizens moving uptown is a particularly sharp piece of social commentary. ‘Lovers Race’ keeps the rootsy atmosphere intact, while adding a softly rocking air perfect for swaying across the dancefloor. The whole second side is permeated by this gently rocking feel, as the rhythms swing between the electro beats and guitar or piano, while Shakespeare’s bass throbs in the background. The music aurally caresses the listener — sultry lovers rock at its most exquisite. The final track is a more dancehall-flavored number, providing the perfect bridge back to the sufferer’s side, and chances are you’ll be tempted to hit the replay button and hear it all again.”

YouTube: Sufferer’s Choice, Rough Ole Life, Dress Up, Keep On Loving You, Ghetto uptown

Sugar Minott – Leggo the Dread & Version (1978)

Posted in Dub, Sugar Minott with tags , on March 20, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage


YouTube: Sugar Minott – Leggo the Dread & Version

Sugar Minott – Black Roots (1980)

Posted in Rastafarians, Sugar Minott with tags , on February 24, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

Sugar Minott - Black Roots (1980)
“Recorded for Island’s Mango label in 1979, Black Roots is among Sugar Minott’s earlier solo efforts and is also among the best albums that the Jamaican singer ever recorded. Black Roots isn’t an album to acquire if you’re looking for slickness; Minott favors simplicity throughout this LP, which often recalls the northern soul and sweet soul of the ’60s. If you combined Stax’s raw production style with the type of sweetness that characterized a lot of Chicago, Detroit and Philadelphia soul and added a reggae beat, the outcome might sound something like Black Roots. You’d also have to add Rasta-oriented lyrics because most of Black Roots reflects Minott’s Rastafarian beliefs and is extremely sociopolitical — this is true of the single ‘Hard Time Pressure,’ as well as ‘Mr. Babylon Man,’ ‘Oppressors Oppression,’ ‘River Jordan,’ and the title song. Minott went on to record many more albums in the ’80s and ’90s, but he never sounded better than he does on Black Roots.”

Black Roots is a 1979 album by Sugar Minott. It was the first to appear on Minott’s Black Roots label, and was described in the book Reggae: 100 Essential CDs – The Rough Guide as a ‘classic, which catches the singer on the cusp of the roots and dancehall phases, and with total control over his music.’ The album includes contributions from some of Jamaica’s top session musicians including Leroy ‘Horsemouth’ Wallace, Noel ‘Scully’ Simms, Eric ‘Bingy Bunny’ Lamont, Gladstone Anderson and Ansell Collins, with harmony vocals provided by Don Carlos, Lacksley Castell and Ashanti Waugh. …”

YouTube: Mankind, Hard Time Pressure, River Jordan, Jail House, I’m Gonna Hold On, Oppressors Oppression, Two Time Loser, Black Roots, Clean Runnings, Mr Babylon Man

Sugar Minott – Ghetto-Ology + Dub (1983)

Posted in Coxsone Dodd, Studio One, Sugar Minott with tags , , , on April 1, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“After a successful apprenticeship under Coxsone Dodd at Studio One, Lincoln ‘Sugar’ Minott went out on his own and established two labels of his own: Black Roots and Youth Promotion. Ghetto-ology, originally released in 1979, was his first self-produced album, and it was hard to come by until it was reissued on CD by the American Easy Star label in early 2000. If there were some kind of Reggae Medal of Honor, Easy Star would deserve it for bringing this hidden treasure back to light. It includes such stellar performances as ‘Man Hungry,’ the eerie ‘So Many Things,’ and ‘The People Got to Know,’ all of them sung in Minott’s inimitably sweet style and supported by the rock-solid foundation of the Soul Syndicate band. What makes this reissue even more special is the inclusion of Ghetto-ology Dubwise, the dub counterpart to the original album that was remixed by dub legend King Tubby and copies of which have been even harder to find than Ghetto-ology itself. Quibbles? Instead of having the two albums programmed end-to-end, it would have been nice to have the dub versions interspersed with the songs themselves. But that’s a minor annoyance; this is one of the year’s best reggae reissues.”

YouTube: Ghetto-ology Dub, Mind Blowing Decisions, All Kinda People