Bob Marley Bronx Jam Session

A 1960s-era audio cassette tape which features rare versions of eight songs that a young Bob Marley recorded in New York when he had aspirations to become an American-style rhythm and blues singer.  Joined by Jimmy Norman (a songwriter and later a member of the R&B group, The Coasters) and others, this recording was made in 1968 using a simple home tape recorder.  Norman’s handwritten notation of Bob Marley Live is penned in blue ballpoint ink on the cassette.

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The original master has about twenty-four minutes of Marley material and is in fragile, but playable, condition.  The eight Marley songs on the tape are:

1) Wings of a Dove (I Need Your Love So Much)
2) Stranger on the Shore
3) One Love, True Love
4) Splish for My Splash
5) I’m Hurting Inside
6) Falling In and Out of Love
7) Stay With Me
8) You Think I Have No Feelings

When Bob Marley visited songwriter Jimmy Norman at his New York City apartment in early 1968, his goal was to become an R&B performer. Not yet a star, the twenty-three year old Marley had just come under contract with pop music pioneer Johnny Nash.

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Norman, already a veteran Tin Pan Alley composer and R&B singer, was asked by Nash to work with the promising Jamaican artist on his trip to New York. The day began in apartment 6-H at 2119 Valentine Avenue in the Bronx with Marley and Norman sharing songs. Marley was a big fan of James Brown and wanted to learn as much from Norman as he could about R&B. In turn, Norman learned from Marley about Rock Steady, a style of music that would soon evolve into Reggae. During the day, the pair worked together on eight songs. Norman played an old upright piano. Marley played his guitar. There were various instruments, including part of a drum set, in the six-room apartment and they all were used from time to time throughout the day.

That night, after a long collaboration, Marley, his wife, Rita, Norman, his wife, Dorothy and his co-writer, Al Pyfrom recorded the songs on a cassette tape recorder.

The jam session was such a success that Marley invited Norman to join him a week later in Jamaica to work with the Wailers on their first major record. Remarkably, all eight songs from the Bronx Jam Session recording, several written by Norman and Pyfrom and several by Marley, would eventually be recorded for commercial release by Marley. When later issued in some form on Marley’s albums, the songs were performed as Reggae and not R&B as originally intended.

This Bronx Jam Session recording is a remarkable documentation of Marley’s rapid musical evolution from traditional R&B to the newly minted ‘Reggae’ sound which ultimately made him an international star.

More Jah Raver vinyl selections!

More vinyl selections from my personal record collection. Digitally transferred to the MIDNIGHT RAVER SOUNDS SoundCloud in high-quality audio. Crucial selections from Barrington Levy, Viceroys, Mikey Dread, Yabby You, Prince Lincoln, Johnnie Clarke, Scientist and more.

Includes a rare deejay version to Burning Spear’s “Marcus Garvey” by Little Joe with a Prince Far-I cut on the flip. Produced by Enos McLeod.

Check the two Augustus Pablo-produced tracks: Dillinger’s “Brace-A-Boy” on the Rockers label and a rare cut titled “Go Johnny Go” featuring Dennis Alcapone on the Jaguar imprint.

As always I have included a great Wackies 12″. This time we have Melvin and Lloyd with “Rasta Deh Pon Top” on the City Line label.

Be sure to check the amazing Heptones 12″ “You Can’t Hide From Jah” on the E&J label.

Also included is a ruff Horace Andy track titled “Rock-A-Bye” on the Rockers imprint and a rare Mikey Dread cut titled “Dread At The Control” produced by Lee “Scratch” Perry for his Black Art imprint.

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EXCLUSIVE! Cleveland “Clevie” Browne at Studio One

As we approach our 3-year anniversary we will be pulling out all the stops to reach one million site views.  Already fast approaching 900,000 site views, our goal is to break the one million mark by the end of October 2014.  So I will be calling upon our most popular contributors and closest friends to share something very special from their body of works.

The first to step up to the plate is our good friend Pekka Vuorinen who visited us back in April 2013 to share rare photos and interviews from his book Reggae Inna Dancehall Style.  Along with the late Tero Kaski, Vuorinen visited Jamaica in the early 1980s and documented the post-Marley reggae scene through photos and interviews, many of which are included in their landmark reggae zine Cool Runnings.  Their work in documenting this transitional period in reggae is the most significant documentary reporting from that era, matched only by the work of Beth Lesser.

Pekka has been such a good friend of MIDNIGHT RAVER and he comes through for us once again with this previously unreleased interview with Cleveland “Clevie” Browne about his time at Studio One.  The interview took place in Helsinki Finland, November 1982.  Also included are never-before seen photos of a young Clevie taken by Vuorinen.

Click on th image to read the interview.

Photo by Pekka Vuorinen

Photo by Pekka Vuorinen

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Live Event Photos : Ken Boothe & Groovemakers, Les DJs Du Soleil (Papet Jali, DJ Kayalik), Sun Festival 2014, Vitrolles , France

happy sunday dear friends.

last night i was invited to cover an amazing night, the legendary Ken Boothe backed up by Andy Mittoo & Groovemakers
with also Les Djs Du Soleil who includes Papet Jali & Deejay Kayalik From Massilia Sound System.

The concert was held on a small city, in the south easth of France .

Mr Ken Boothe will be at Garance Reggae Music Festival 2014 next week. Dont miss him if you have the chance to see him live on stage.

Papet Jali & Les Djs Du Soleil will do a concert 12 September in Marseille.

Here for you photos of this night :

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Papet Jali & Les Dj Du Soleil , Live Sun Festival 2014 - Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Papet Jali & Les Dj Du Soleil , Live Sun Festival 2014 – Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Dj Kayalik & Les Dj Du Soleil , Live Sun Festival 2014 - Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Dj Kayalik & Les Dj Du Soleil , Live Sun Festival 2014 – Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Les Dj Du Soleil , Live Sun Festival 2014 - Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Les Dj Du Soleil , Live Sun Festival 2014 – Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Les Dj Du Soleil , Live Sun Festival 2014 - Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Les Dj Du Soleil , Live Sun Festival 2014 – Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Les Dj Du Soleil , Live Sun Festival 2014 - Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Les Dj Du Soleil , Live Sun Festival 2014 – Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Papet Jali & Ken Boothe , Sun Festival 2014 - Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Papet Jali & Ken Boothe , Sun Festival 2014 – Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

 Ken Boothe Interview  , Sun Festival 2014 - Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Ken Boothe Interview , Sun Festival 2014 – Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

 Ken Boothe Interview  , Sun Festival 2014 - Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Ken Boothe Interview , Sun Festival 2014 – Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Ken Boothe Live , Sun Festival 2014 - Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Ken Boothe Live , Sun Festival 2014 – Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Ken Boothe Live , Sun Festival 2014 - Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Ken Boothe Live , Sun Festival 2014 – Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Ken Boothe Live , Sun Festival 2014 - Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Ken Boothe Live , Sun Festival 2014 – Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Ken Boothe & Andy Mittoo With Groovemakers , Live , Sun Festival 2014 - Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Ken Boothe & Andy Mittoo With Groovemakers , Live , Sun Festival 2014 – Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Andy Mittoo With Groovemakers , Live , Sun Festival 2014 - Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Andy Mittoo With Groovemakers , Live , Sun Festival 2014 – Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Andy Mittoo With Groovemakers , Live , Sun Festival 2014 - Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Andy Mittoo With Groovemakers , Live , Sun Festival 2014 – Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

 Ken Boothe Live , Sun Festival 2014 - Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Ken Boothe Live , Sun Festival 2014 – Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Ken Boothe Live , Sun Festival 2014 - Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Ken Boothe Live , Sun Festival 2014 – Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Ken Boothe Live , Sun Festival 2014 - Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Ken Boothe Live , Sun Festival 2014 – Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Ken Boothe Live , Sun Festival 2014 - Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Ken Boothe Live , Sun Festival 2014 – Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

mister ken boothe took the time to wrote upon this original 7"s

mister ken boothe took the time to wrote upon this original 7″s

Here for you a little video i made of mr Ken Boothe :

Mr Ken Boothe will be next week at Garance Reggae Festival 2014 in France, he’ll be backed by Homegrown Band.

Be Sure to Check :

www.kenboothemusic.com

www.papet-j.fr , Papet Jali Official Website

Les Djs Du Soleil On Facebook.

Andy Mittoo Official Website

Thanks To : Jessica, Nathalie, Frank, Sun Festival orga, Papet Jali, Deejay Kayalik, Trish I , Mr Ken Boothe , Andy Mittoo & Groovemakers