33 years ahead Midnight Dread with The Sound of The Century including Neville Martin’s “The Message” 7″ (as featured throughout Jeremy Marre’s fine documentary on prime music time in Jamaica ROOTS ROCK REGGAE) plus “Hotter Fire”-Big Youth, “Punk Reggae”-Jah Lloyd, “Mad Mad Skank”-Dillinger, “Tear It Up”-Roland Alphonso, “Cleopatra Dance”-Prince Buster, a “Night Boat To Cairo” and other avenues of escape from Babylon. If it’s Sunday Midnight it’s time to get dread. Drop ins by Mikey Dread. Music via Jah. Without any apology. Dub out.
Dreadcasting & seriously streaming 21st Century Midnight Dread programs daily at 12am with repeats often in Doug’s Best of All Worlds noon slot. Go Native Son Rising everyday with Wendt at 6am (all Pacific Times). Explore more MDness here.
Bob Marley as seen on his VERSUS FUNKSTAR DELUXE (Edel 1999) and SUN IS SHINING THE REMIXES (Tuff Gong/Palm 1999) cd covers, tracks from which are included in my latest metamix SUNS ARE SHINING
Burning daylight is here to back weh all foggy roads & misty mornings with a nineteen track sunny side salute to Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Lee Perry, The Upsetters and many others. In line with Midnight Raver’s Millennial Milestone Fete here’s many great and scarce selections taken from DAT tape and other clean sources ready to melt away all blues and negativity in these trying times. Studio may be kinda cloudy but the speakers and dreadphones beget a brighter forecast. Everyone’s going to see clearly now that the rain is gone and Bob and buds are on the box non-stop, version ‘pon version, disinfecting the stagnant status and finding cracks in everything that need exposure and lightness. Be a rainbow too. To the rescue. Here I and I am. Spring into Summer. Suns are shining!
The St Pauls disturbances in England and general early 1980 UK politricks spark major dread as Maggie Thatcher first grips power. Midnight Dread responds with Ska, Rock Steady, Sexy Reggae & Jah Jah Power to provide a bit of an antidote as The Reggaeighties get going with class strife boosted by union busting, privatization of the public sphere, war mongering & austerity on acid voodoo economics from which I & I are still trying to survive & reverse. The Iron Lady’s funeral looms this week with the world resembling more of a global ghost town than ever. Music hits us so we feel less pain. Ding Dong Inglan Is A Bitch Is Dread. Hold tight to your internet feed as Jah Raver clock nears one thousand fe true with highlights like Dennis Brown live in Montreux doin’ the very first station-wide ‘All Killer No Filler Reggae Rocker of The Week’ plus an alternate fire-for-the-frustration version of LKJ’s “Five Nights Of Bleeding”, the smokin’ uptempo “Pee Pee Cluck Cluck” from The Maytals, rude mooders and spiritual lifters timeless & in time when Midnight goes there thirty three years a-dread without any apology. Crucial me lion. We are all sus-pects now. Spin tunes & weave lives.
…The Sound of The Century, The Midnight Dread” -The Mikey Dread custom-made Midnight Dread stingers & jingles abound (like the signature phrase above) in this 33 years ahead classic progressive reggae radio show debuting on Midnight Raver ’round midnight just before the clock strikes 1,000! Tune in for the ripened Rastaman Vibrations of “Roots Rock Reggae”, “No Woman No Cry” & other highlights like The Gladiator’s “Easy Squeeze”, Horace Andy’s “Better Callie”, Prince Jazzbo’s “Live Good Today”, coupla songs ’bout Idi Amin as well as “Even my Grandmother, she is 90 years of age, I see her rocking to this reggae rhythm, to satisfy her heart & soul, now you gonna let those good times roll” sung by Mystic M who’s Feeling Happy at the Black Ark. Hear about Peter Tosh, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Ras Michael etc. playing at the upcoming Reggae Sunsplash in Kingston, Jamaica plus a Public Service Announcement for NORML’s California Marijuana Initiative benefit six mile Fun Run in Golden Gate Park, a big reggae show coming up at Mission High School in San Francisco… just another Sunday night in the reggae hotbed Bay Area around April 7th, 1980. Go deh Midnight Ravers go deh. It’s a radio active musical stampede.
Included here is a recent Pressure Sounds 7″ vinyl press of Native & Little Maddness “Mother Country” / “Version.” love what Pressure Sounds has been issuing lately. Real high quality pressings of classic roots tunes, many of which were never released.
I knew nothing about Native or Little Maddness, however, respect to Steve Leggett of ROVI, who did his research. Here is what he has to say:
“This fascinating album has sort of a strange history. Wayne Jobson, who had already put out a Jamaican single (“Mother Country,” produced by Errol Thompson with his old band Little Madness), had a chance to play some of the songs he had been writing with his brother Brian for Lee “Scratch” Perry at Perry’s legendary Black Ark Studio one September day in 1977. Perry was enthusiastic about what he heard and was eager to produce the songs, particularly since, as Perry declared, Jobson was an Arawak Indian. Jobson, who was a sixth generation Jamaican with an English, African, Spanish, and Scottish heritage, was unable to convince Perry that he wasn’t Arawak, but plans went forward to track the songs. Jobson assembled his then-current band, Native, and with veteran Jamaican producer and mentor Joe Higgs along as a percussionist, started work on the tracks with Perry at Black Ark, coming up with rough mixes and version dubs of maybe half a dozen songs. Jobson took these rough tapes to London to shop then around to labels and was able to wrangle an album deal with Arista Records. He then returned to Kingston and Black Ark ready to finish up the project with Perry. But both Perry and his legendary studio were now in the process of a maddening descent into chaos (Perry had taken to claiming he was no longer Scratch but was instead to be addressed as Pipecock Jackson), and no further work was done on the master tapes. Perry sailed on into the rest of his undeniably unique life and Black Ark Studio quite literally went up in flames. Jobson, disappointed, moved on as well, working with other Jamaican producers on a handful of one-off singles before moving to Los Angeles, where he began a career as a respected and successful DJ. The tracks he had recorded with Perry, which were among the last to ever be cut at Black Ark, were never released and consequently assumed near mythic status among Perry collectors and fanatics. Well, now here they are, thanks to Jobson and Pressure Sounds, some 30 years later, along with a handful of other tracks Jobson worked on during that same time period. What emerges from this story is a surprisingly consistent collection that shows Jobson was on to something way back then and that Perry, even though he was beginning a journey into a strange, self-imposed state of insanity, was still a remarkable wizard at the controls of his four-track Teac recording console. Seven of the 12 tracks here were engineered by Perry, including the almost industrial-sounding “In the Land of Make Believe” and “Meet Mr. Nobody,” both of which display the signature watery dissonance of vintage late-era Black Ark tracks but with an added rock feel and a chaotic edge that seems to prefigure industrial grunge, albeit gone seriously askew into the world of Jamaican reggae. The Perry material is fascinating, but so too are the other tracks like the Jobson-produced gem “Great God Over in Zion,” which features street singer Boston Jack, who wrote the song, and the striking “Black Tracks,” which was produced by Jack Ruby at Channel One over a rhythm provided by the Black Disciples, Ruby’s longtime house band. With several striking dub versions of these songs added in, Rockstone: Native’s Adventures with Lee Perry at the Black Ark (the title, though cumbersome, perfectly fits the content here) emerges as somewhat of a great lost Jamaican album, and although one wishes Perry and Jobson could have officially finished the tracks they had begun working on back in 1977, what’s collected here is more than fine and makes clear that, although Scratch’s mental condition may have begun a rum and ganja-soaked dissolution, his skills at the mixing board remained undiminished even as Black Ark began sliding away under the waves.”
~ Steve Leggett, Rovi
Here is my own high-quality (24 bit) vinyl rip of the 7″ single. Sickest dub version in the world!: