Here I present to you one of the great voices of reggae, and a dear friend to this blog. Garth Dennis’ “Slow Coach”/”Slow Coach Rock,” on which Dennis is backed by The Wailers Band, was first released on the Andy’s label, probably in 1974. If you’ve never heard this tune, you’re in for a real treat. If you’re familiar with it, sit back and enjoy it one more time. It is spectacular.
This week’s album pick is a great 2-LP compilation from King Jammy featuring the likes of Hugh Mundell, Johnny Osbourne, Augustus Pablo, and Lacksley Castell. While the song selections are great (we even get extended versions of Junior Reid’s “Jailhouse” and Michael Rose w/ Yabby You on “Born Free”), the album’s packaging and vinyl quality is really exceptional, making this double LP one of the best collectors items to appear in the past 10 or so years. Enjoy!
Johnny Osbourne – Lend Me Your Chopper Fantails – Name Of The Game Michael Rose & Jammy – Born Free (Extended Mix) Lacksley Castell – What A Great Day King Jammy – Slaughterhouse Five Hugh Mundell – King Of Israel Augustus Pablo – King Pablo Junior Reid – Jailhouse (Extended Mix) Echo Minott – Youth Man King Jammy – Youth Man Dub Hugh Mundell – Walk With Jah Barry Brown – School Days (Extended Mix) Johnny Osbourne – Folly Ranking
Producer : Prince Jammy
Drums : Sly Dunbar & Santa Davis & Anthony Benbow Creary Bass : Robbie & Jah Mikes Lead Guitar : Earl Chinna Smith & Bo Peep & Tony Chin Rhythm Guitar : Bingy Bunny & Dougie Bryan & Fazal Prendergast Piano : Asher & Keith Sterling & Gladstone Anderson & Ossie Hibbert & Tarzan Organ : Winston Wright & Ansel Collins & Touter Harvey Synthesiser : Wire Lindo Saxophone : Deadly Headly Trumpet : Bobby Ellis Clavinet : Winston Wright Harpsicord : Winston Wright Percussions : Skully
Studios : Recording : Channel One (Kingston, JA) & King Tubby’s (Kingston, JA) & Harry J (Kingston, JA) & Jammy’s (Kingston, JA)
Today I’m sharing a selection of several vital 7″ and 12″ singles from my collection. Some are original presses and some are recent represses.
Here is another great 7″ from my collection. Dennis Brown’s “My Time” released on the Observer label. Wicked version on this one. Enjoy!
Here is a 12″ repress on Lee “Scratch” Perry’s Black Ark label. The tune, Righteous Flame’s “Jah Jah Words” is actually the B-side to LSP’s “Silver Locks” 12″. Great tune with an even better version.
Here is a repress of Prince Far-I’s “Red Sea” on the Coptic Lion label. Coptic Lion has repressed some great tunes lately and the vinyl and sound quality are superb.
Here is a repress of Horace Andy’s “Children of Israel” recently released on the Pressure Sounds label. An Augustus Pablo production.
Here we have another Pressure Sounds repress. Don Prendes’ “Ska-Ba-Doo-Be-Day” on 7″ heavyweight vinyl.
Another deadly Wackies tune from Joe Morgan. This one is straight killer with no filler. “Basement Session” on the City Line/Wackies imprint.
A gorgeous slab of roots from the production team of Michael and Geoffrey Chung. Mikey Chung wrote and arranged the song and the production by Geoffrey Chung is totally sympathetic to Keith Goode’s excellent vocal delivery. This is the first time this tune has been re-issued since it originally appeared in the mid 70s. The first pressing is limited to just 600 copies on 7″ and comes in a re-cycled Pressure Sounds sleeve and hand-stamped bag. An absolute belter of a song that has been versioned in recent years. But this is the original. Mastered to perfection in all its original glory.
So it’s time to retire Captain Sinbad’s new album ‘Reggae Music Will Mad Unu‘ from the album pick slot after 2 weeks. The only other albums I have kept up for two weeks were Junior Delahaye’s ‘Showcase‘ and Bim Sherman’s ‘Lovers Leap Showcase.’ Sinbad’s album, produced by Frenchie, is in my opinion the best album of 2013 so far. It has actually been a very strong year with great albums by Black Roots (‘On The Ground in Dub‘), Kiddus-I (‘Topsy Turvy World’), Prince Fatty (‘Dubs’), and John Brown’s Body (‘Kings and Queens‘) just to name a few. This album, however, is as nice as it gets right now.
Sinbad, returning to the mic for the first time in 30 years, has only improved his spitfire lyrical delivery. It’s as if he’s spent the past 3 decades shadowboxin’, steady waiting on his return to the ring. Well, with producer and mixologist extraordinaire Frenchie in his corner, why would you expect anything less than a first round knockout? This album is actually a duet of sorts. Frenchie holds down the foundation, the footwork, while Sinbad lands crisp jabs, crosses, hooks, and combinations which leave the listener face down on the mat wondering “WTF just happened?”
Big shout to Frenchie for hooking me with the dub tracks. It is only after listening to his merciless ground assault that you fully appreciate how heavy this album really is. I picture in my mind Frenchie leaving the studio each day – mic and mixing board smoking and shorting out – only to return the next day to wear it out one more time. Recognize this record…
So to further spotlight Frenchies work on this album I have included the dub tracks he sent me on vinyl. The first 2:00 minutes of each dub track is included here. Tracks are cross-faded.
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