Wonder coming to town! Where’s Bob? Masterblaster staying alive. The Cimarons march down Ken Boothe’s “Freedom Street”. Sly Dunbar plays “Mr. Music” and the thundering herd gets spooked sparking a runaway riddim flight complete with Aswad’s latest “Dub Charge” remix 12″ and Don Drummond with Drumbago pounding out another serious kind of “Stampede”. A starkly strange stereo mix (on Maroon Records) of “Stand Alone” (“There You Are”) from Bob Marley & The Wailers Upsetter period keeps hope lively upped. It clears the way for Alton’s “Still In Love” and the brand new Mikey Dread masterwork with Edi Fitzroy “Moonlight Lover” / “Freelancer” where Mikey references his radio operator skills amidst his custom Midnight Dread drops that pepper alla its programs. Jamaican born lead singer M. Al Azeem drops in to reason and preview several tracks from his new lp recorded in Oakland CA with Session, a foundational San Francisco Bay Area reggae band formerly known as Legs. Their first lp’s called “See Up Azeem” and features Sly on a coupla tracks:
After the Azeem interview and sounds and just before Jah Minstrels sing ‘Itality!’ ending Part One of this radio aircheck in their latest tune “African Roots” Peter Broggs gives major drum & bass thanks & praises with his landmark “Never Forget Jah”:
Yes I. Not only is Stevie Wonder coming to the Cow Palace but Culture’s coming to The Key Stones and Joe Higgs & The Mighty Diamonds are due at the Old Waldorf in North Beach. Early December 1980 is a glorious time. Travel there through audio and catch the vibe.
I have included here a re-up of this great show from the 1976 UK tour. The performance took place at the Great Hall, University of Exeter on June 24, 1976. The show was released as an official recording titled ‘That Rasta Feeling’by the Italian House Records label in 1994 More about this blistering performance HERE.
The performance was also captured on video!
Bob Marley and the Wailers The Exeter Club, London, UK June 24, 1976
Source: Ex Stereo Soundboard Recording Lineage: Home Records (HR 5991 – 5) Boot 1CD > EAC > FLAC
Bob Marley makes the cover of the 16 page Volume 1 Number 6 monthly edition of the Rocky Mountain Musical Express, ‘The Rockies’ Largest Selling Music Newspaper’, because “Colorado & Texas, two states seemingly forever caught in a country western rut, are due to receive a jolt as Jamaica’s most charismatic performers visit Houston May 20 and Denver May 22.” Local Poet & reggae enthusiast Mark Campbell marks the occasion by penning an overall overview of the ‘high energy’ sounds in the accompanying article located inside on page 6 where the San Francisco Bay Area’s *Shakers also get a nice nod. Nothing like sharing the front page with The hugely ‘smells like teen spirit’ Bay City Rollers to know you’ve made it big time in 1976! Paraphrasing the great George Gershwin, “In time the Rockies may crumble, Gibralter may tumble, They’re only made of clay, But One Love is here to stay.”
*The Shakers’ Ron Rhoades (far right in their picture) added this very interesting observation today when seeing this article: “Boulder was the first stop on our ‘Yankee Reggae’ tour in 1976….I’m pretty sure you’ll find the Billboard magazine with us on the cover too!! We had a connection to The Wailers thru the ABC booking agency back then and Bob Marley had agreed to produce our next record (if we did a few of his original songs) but Elektra/Asylum didn’t know who he was and didn’t really care because he ‘didn’t have any hit singles’ and E/A was ALL about singles. I wish I could find a way to write about our E/A recordings…it was a nightmare for us as musicians and especially reggae musicians….they took away any roughness we had which was a huge part of the feeling of that music for us and they wouldn’t let us do any dubs which was another crucial part of our sound…they turned us into shiny happy sounding white kids and when tried to fight back they said we could leave. Ugh……!”
I’ve always held Lee Perry in the highest esteem since I first discovered reggae & noticed his tracks had that certain something extra. In this opening segment from this week’s 33 years ahead Midnight Dread I & I bored down deep into the center of the earth for the hottest musical magma of the man they call The Upsetter & came up for air only to see Super Ape Tic Toc Teac had the globe under total control. “Smile out of style, Screwface back in town!”
Here we have another 7″ from my collection. Delroy Williams “Idren Feel Nice,” produced by Augustus Pablo, features Williams’ vocal over a classic Augustus Pablo rockers riddim – pure niceness this one. The version on the flip side is murderous. Just check the drum shots at the end. Sounds like someone cuttin’ loose with a sawed-off shotgun…Deep roots vibes here.
Also included are 3 articles from New Musical Express and Melody Maker published 1976 which refer to Pablo and roots rockers reggae.