For my extra special contribution to the Midnight Raver Millennial Posts Musical Stampede I and I offer this tough and tight quick list / long view of Bob Marley & The Wailers’ most amazing performances captured live (outside of One Love Peace & Smile Jamaica) on film or video. These complete concerts or rehearsals should be made widely available as soon as possible in the fullness with state-of-the-art transfers of both sound and image at the highest standards in line with the depth of the lyrics and musicianship. Granted, a couple of these have seen some limited release in either geography or selection and thanks to YouTube can be constricted to fit on most any current receiver device but all call for bigga big up screen THX (give thanx) surround style reproduction to reincarnate every soul. Lively up Skip!
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!
That’s right. You wouldn’t know this unless you listen very closely but Carlton Barrett plays drums on 2 tracks from the ‘Just A Passing Glance album. The 1991 stunner of an album, produced by Doctor Dread and engineered by Errol Brown and Jim Fox, was recorded at Tuff Gong in Jamaica. Recording at Tuff Gong with Errol Brown gave them access to a wide array of samples, tracks, and riddims recorded while Carly was still living (he was brutally murdered in 1987). So you have access to drum tracks by the greatest drummer reggae has ever produced. Why not use them?
Well they did, and the resulting tunes “You Are My Sunshine” and “Frontline” shine brighter for it….
Here is a neat little limited edition 7″ that I picked up at my local record store last week. Titled “African Zulu / Safari” by Lloyd Charmers & Hippy Boys. The single, released in the late 1990s on the Trybute label, is pressed on brilliant red vinyl. These ska tunes, originally cut in 1969 under the guidance of Lloyd Charmers, an accomplished singer, keyboardist, and record producer. A member of the Uniques, a vocal group that included lead singer Keith ‘Slim’ Smith, Charmers provided backing vocals on many early reggae hits such as Winston ‘Niney’ Holness’ “Blood and Fire” which made the British national chart in 1971. His greatest success as a producer came in 1975 with Ken Boothe’s “Everything I Own,” which topped the British national chart.
An interesting historical note, Charmers was the very first musician to take on the name “Augustus Pablo,” based on a concept conceived by Herman Lin-Choy. The pseudonym would later be used with great success by multi-talented musician and dub genius Horace Swaby.
The Hippy Boys was formed in 1968 by Charmers. The band included guitarist Alva “Reggie” Lewis, organist Glen Adams and brothers Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett on bass guitar and Carlton Barrett drums respectively. Upon the UK Singles Chart success of “Return of Django” in 1969, Lee “Scratch” Perry and The Upsetters were invited on a six-week tour of the UK. However, due to a clashing of schedules, the original Upsetters could not make the trip. The newly formed Hippy Boys became the new Upsetters for the tour; causing the band to be frequently confused with the original Upsetters in the future.