Here are several obscure 7″ vinyls from my collection. The first I could find very little information on. It does not appear in any discography or catalogue that I’ve checked. If you know more about this one please send me a note. I was given this Africans 7″ by Doctor Dread. Evidently he used to play it on his radio show back in the 70s. It’s in near mint condition.
I found this information on a great blog called Pressure Beat:
“The Africans were a duo consisting of Keith Simms and W. Palmer who released their songs in the late seventies and early eighties on various labels such as High Note, Treasure Isle, WildFlower, Nura and their own African imprint. Some of these were produced by Willie Lindo, who had a tight connection with the Joe Gibbs studio as a producer, arranger and musician. Although the times were dreader than dread in 1979, the times were changing. As was the music. Rapidly.
The Africans sang about repatriation and brotherly love on other sides as well, but never on such a heavy riddim like the one the Professionals laid down for them.”
Next up is Half Pint’s “Winsome.” In 1983, Pint’s first single, “Sally,” was released followed by this tune “Winsome.” Both tracks became reggae hits. The tune was covered by The Rolling Stones in 1986 although it was renamed “Too Rude” for their Dirty Work album. The dub-punk group Sublime released a cover of Half Pint’s “Loving” in 1996 called “What I Got.”
The third track is “Hold Him Joe” by the Prince Brothers on the High Note imprint. Mento tune on Sonia Pottinger’s label featuring piano and a pre-ska mento bouncing riddim.