Here is another great interview from the Black Echoes collection, shared by MIDNIGHT RAVER’S Peter van Arnhem. I cannot overstate how crucial these Black Echoes articles are in preserving and documenting reggae history.
From the ultra-obscure ‘Time To Remember’ album, released on the Prophet Records label in 1982, we have a sound called “Jah Mercies.” The tune is a remixed version of Yabby You’s “Jah Over I” from the Prophecy album.
It is my pleasure to share the great work of French trader KAZO on the Midnight Raver blog. Of the many archivists and collectors I know, few if any have spent the time that KAZO has to make The Wailers‘ rare and unreleased material available to the fans.
Over the past several years, KAZO spent countless hours painstakingly compiling the most important and influential reggae tracks ever recorded. Examples of KAZO compilations include:
The Black Vinyl collection: presenting tracks from 7′, 12′ and LP exclusives
The Demos collection: demos, rehearsals, dubplates and this sort of things
More cool reggae, KAZO records a/b sides: collections of nice reggae sides
I am thankful that KAZO is sharing some of his most important work on the Midnight Raver blog. I will continue to share whatever he approves for posting with my readers. Stay tuned and keep checking back as the KAZO page will be updated weekly.
The newest addition to the KAZO page is the Original B-Sides Dub Collection. This is exclusive to the Midnight Raver blog as this is the only site where you can obtain the FLAC audio files.
CD1: 56:41 01 Rock It Version 02 Ravers 03 Stop That Train (instrumental) 04 Belly Full Version 05 Knotty Dread Version 06 Rebel Music (Version) 07 Talking Blues Version (DJ) 08 Concrete (JA, Jah Live Version) 09 Rat Race Part 2 10 Who The Cap Fit (Part 2) 11 Smile Jamaica Version (slow) 12 Smile Jamaica Part Two (fast) 13 Exodus Version 14 Waiting In Vain Dub 15 Punky Reggae Party Version 1 16 Crisis Version
CD2: 59:57 01 Who Colt The Dub (Echo Mix-Black Ark Sessions) 02 I Know A Dub (Echo Mix-Black Ark Sessions) 03 Blackman Redemption Version 04 Don’t Give Up (Rastaman Live Up Version) 05 So Much Trouble (Instrumental) 06 Ambush In Dub 07 One Dub (7”) 08 Ride Dis Ya Dub 09 Rub-A-Dub Style (Bad Card Version) 10 Dubbin In (Coming In From The Cold Version) 11 Every Need Got An Ego To Feed (Pimper’s Paradise Version) 12 I Know Version (7”) 13 Dub In Trenchtown 14 Buffalo Soldier Version (JA 7) 15 Three Little Birds Dub (1984 mix) 16 Redemption Song Version (Xtract from 12”)
A: BOBBY KALPHAT – “SOUTH WEST OF RHODESIA” (miscredited to AUGUSTUS PABLO)
Mystical melodica tune…although the label wrongly (and probably with some intention) credits Augustus Pablo as the artist, we now know this is keyboard prodigy and multi-instrumentalist Bobby Kalphat playing a killing version of Dennis Brown’s ultimate first cut of “What About The Half.” I assume Bobby also plays the electric piano/harpsichord on this one. The record is backed with a horrific tune by toasters Cock & Puss titled “Dragon Stout.”
This is one of the most killer instrumentals ever laid to waxand it is featured on Pressure Sounds’ latest release ‘Zion Hill’ as the very first track titled “Terminal Rock.”‘Zion Hill,’ a dub/instrumental album produced by Phil Pratt in 1972, never saw a proper release and drifted into relative obscurity until it was found and released by Pressure Sounds in 2013. I highly recommend this album. If you like Augustus Pablo, or melodica laden/keyboard driven dub, this album is the prototype.
Funny thing. I purchased this 7″ for $6.00 USD several years ago and never knew this was a Bobby Kalphat tune featured on the obscure ‘Zion Hill’ LP until I heard the opening track of the LP. I then proceeded to lose my shit.
“Get out of the way of the music” is good radio host advice. Lotsa riddim sounds in this Idition with intriguing reggae artist Louis-Virie Blanche dropping by for a quick background story on his song “Outlaw”. Seems he he had premonitionary dreams on Bob Marley’s ambush, moved to Westmoreland JA during Marley’s exile, witnessed the One Love Peace Concert for Bob’s return & wrote & released the super scarce SUN SONG (front & back covers picture below) shortly thereafter with its opening self-described creeper “Outlaw” heard here. Jah Caretaker chants a chorus of ‘Tell them Kissinger’ in his serious skank “Majority Rule”, The Riots chime in “Yeah Yeah”, after Mexicano boasts up his “Golden Chickens”, The Bodysnatchers state they’re way “Ruder Than You” before Sambo Jim, K.C. White, Bullwackie & many others join the full up fray full stop for the first eighty minutes of full cup Midnight Dread program number twenty four. It’s one of my favorites so far. Listen up & go deh. Give thanks Itinually.