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Midnight Raver’s Barry Brown Mixdown Vol. I

For those who decided to stop in, today is your lucky day! Included here is Midnight Raver’s Barry Brown Mixdown Vol. I, a selectors choice mix. There is a ton of bad audio out there for Barry Brown. Many of his “official” or “semi-official” releases available for purchase and download on the web are even plagued with horrific audio quality. So Jah Raver went through and digitally transferred most of the selections here from vinyl albums, 12″s, and existing high-quality sources.

Barry Brown (Photo: Beth Lesser)

Barry Brown (Photo: Beth Lesser)

Barry Brown was one of a number of singers to find success in the 1970s under record producer Bunny Lee. After forming a short-lived group called The Aliens with Rod Taylor and Johnny Lee, Brown went solo. Although his first release, “Girl You’re Always On My Mind,” had little impact his vocal style soon found popularity. His first hit single coming with 1979’s “Step It Up Youthman,” which led to an album of the same name on Paradise Records. One of the most successful artists of the early dancehall era, Brown worked with some of Jamaica’s top producers of the time including Linval Thompson, Winston “Niney” Holness, Sugar Minott and Coxsone Dodd, as well as releasing self-produced material. Brown’s music is a mainstay on Jah Shaka’s sound system.

Barry Brown (Photo: Beth Lesser)

Barry Brown (Photo: Beth Lesser)

As is the story with many of our most beloved Jamaican artists, Brown suffered from bad luck, mental illness and substance abuse. He died in May 2004 in Sone Waves recording studio in Kingston, Jamaica after falling and hitting his head.

However, Brown’s spirit lives strong in the annals of Midnight Raver…

I truly envy those who are experiencing his music for the very first time…


Ketch A Fire
Rich Man, Poor Man
Sinsemilla
Unity
Lady With The Hair Style
King Zion Dub
Natty Dread Nah Run
Chant Them
Big Big Pollution
From Creation
Peace And Love/Judgement Time
Give Another Israel a Try
Politician
We Just Can’t Live Like This
It a Go Dread
Spotlight
Dark Shadows
Shadow Dub
Peace in the Ghetto

Barry Brown was a Jamaican reggae singer, initially coming to prominence in the 1970s with his work with Bunny Lee, but remaining popular throughout his career. Barry Brown was one of a number of singers to find success in the 1970s under record producer Bunny Lee. After forming a short-lived group called The Aliens with Rod Taylor and Johnny Lee, Brown went solo. Although his first release, “Girl You’re Always On My Mind”, had little impact, his vocal style soon found popularity, with his first hit single coming with 1979’s “Step It Up Youthman”, which led to an album of the same name on Paradise Records.

One of the most successful artists of the early dancehall era, Brown worked with some of Jamaica’s top producers of the time, including Linval Thompson, Winston “Niney The Observer” Holness, Sugar Minott and Coxsone Dodd, as well as releasing self-produced material. He recorded for Studio One in 1983, including Far East. After releasing eleven albums between 1979 and 1984, Brown’s releases became more sporadic, although his work continued to feature prominently on sound systems such as those of Jah Shaka.

In the 1990s, Brown’s health deteriorated, suffering with asthma and substance abuse problems, and he died in May 2004 in Sone Waves recording studio in Kingston, Jamaica, after falling and hitting his head.

Discography

Step It Up Youthman (1978), Paradise
Stand Firm (1978), Justice
Cool Pon Your Corner (1979), Trojan
Superstar (1979), Striker Lee/Jackpot
I’m Not So Lucky (1980), Black Roots
Prince Jammy Presents Barry Brown Showcase (1980), Jammy’s/Micron
Showcase (1980), Third World
Artist Of The 80’s (1980), TR International
Vibes of Barry Brown (1981), Gorgon
Far East (1982), Channel One
Barry (1982), Vista Sounds – reissued as The Best of Barry Brown (1995), JA Classics
I’m Still Waiting (1983), Rocktone Records
Showdown Vol 1 (1984), Empire/Hitbound – with Little John
Roots & Culture (1984), Uptempo – with Willi Williams
Right Now (1984), Time
More Vibes Of Barry Brown Along With Stama Rank (1986), King Culture – with Stama Rank
Same Sound (1990)
Reggae Heights (2003), Mafia & Fluxy

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  1. themusicologist says:

    QUALITY..

  2. themusicologist says:

    maximum respect for the knowledge hustle..

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