Here is an EXCLUSIVE that you will only find here at the MIDNIGHT RAVER BLOG! As I have said before, Bim Sherman may be the best singer to ever emerge from Jamaica in my generation. His voice is so haunting and delicate that it brings a whole new vibe to any recording he appears on. Since his death nearly 15 years ago, obtaining authentic Bim Sherman first press vinyl, or even represses for that matter, is nearly as difficult as finding authentic Yabby You recordings. This stuff is gold among collectors, and justifiably so. So if you ever see a Bim Sherman on the Sun Dew, Century, Scorpio, or even On-U Sound labels, snatch it up if you can. It’s value will never diminish, and it will most assuredly increase in value as the years roll on.
I think these demos are significant because you can clearly listen to his voice and hear how delicate it really is. It’s raw, but it exposes one of the greatest instruments you will ever hear: the voice of Bim Sherman.
Here are a few print media gems that were published in Smash Hits magazine in 1978 and 1980. Also included are outtakes from the 1978 sessions where ”Rastaman Live-Up” was originally recorded. The tune was not tracked until after Bob’s passing, and it appears on the Confrontation album which was released by Island in 1983.
Post by Fred “Reggaelover” P
Included is a very rare demo, probably recorded around 1978 with Lee “Scratch” Perry’s involvement. Only a handfull of collectors own this tape, however, it was leaked this morning. Many thanks to whoever leaked it.
Here is an excerpt from Stephen Davis’ biography on Bob Marley:
Many thanks to MIDNIGHT RAVER BLOG Co-Editor Fred “Reggaelover” P for his crucial input.
Included here are demo recordings from the Bush Doctor sessions (1978). The album, recorded at Dynamics and Joe Gibbs Studios, was released in 1978 on the Rolling Stones Records label. Produced by Tosh, Robbie Shakespeare, and the Glimmer Twins, it followed a critically and commercially successful Legalize It, which is now considered one of the greatest reggae albums ever recorded. The album cover famously had a scratch-n-sniff sticker that smelled of ganja.
The ‘players of instruments’ on the album include:
Peter Tosh - Rhythm & acoustic guitars, clavinet, audio harp, lead vocals
Robbie Shakespeare – Bass, pick guitar, guitar, horn arrangements
Sly Dunbar – Drums, Gato Box
Mikey Chung – Lead guitar, Moog synthesizer, Fender Rhodes, pick guitar
Robert Lyn – Acoustic piano, organ, Fender Rhodes, clavinet
Keith Sterling – Keyboards
Luther François – Soprano sax
Donald Kinsey – Lead guitar
Larry McDonald – Percussion
Uziah “Sticky” Thompson – Percussion
Keith Richards – Guitar on “Bush Doctor” & “Stand Firm”
Mick Jagger – Vocals with Peter Tosh on “(You Gotta Walk) Don’t Look Back”
Peter Tosh: Bush Doctor Sessions (Demos)
01-Dont Look Back 3:19
02-Pick Myself Up 3:56
03-The Toughest 3:52
04-Soon Come 3:54
06-Bush Doctor 4:02
07-Stand Firm 6:02
08-Dem Haffi Get A Beatin’ 4:10
10-Dem Haffi Get A Beatin’ 5:32
11-The Toughest 5:39
12-The Toughest 4:32
13-Dont Look Back 5:18
14-Soon Come 5:16
15-Pick Myself Up 4:12
16-Oh Bumbo Claat 3:11
17-Lessons In My Life 5:36