As I discussed in my recent Hugh Mundell retrospective, his first pressed single with Augustus Pablo producing was “Africa Must Be Free By 1983,” which was released on Pablo’s International label in 1975. They duo soon followed with the single “My My” (later titled “My Mind”) also on the Pablo International label. My research indicates that they may have cut other singles prior to “Africa Must Be Free,” however, those cuts were released on Mundell’s debut LP, and not as singles ahead of the LP.
Thanks to my man Danroy Wilson at Big Yard Chunes, Jamaica, I was able to grab this very rare first single from Mundell, and what a grab it was! The B-side titled “Park Lane Special” is actually a very rare dub version of “Africa Must Be Free” and sounds much better than the dub released on the Africa Dub album.
This high quality transfer comes from the original 7″ vinyl pressed in 1975.
Here is another vinyl transfer from the MIDNIGHT RAVER archives. “Don’t Stay Away Too Long” was pressed on a Yard Music 12″ and released as a single in 1977. This 12″ is in very good condition considering it’s age.
Also included here is the rare “Feeling Alright Girl” 7″. The single was pressed on the Rockers International label and released in 1979. It is also featured on Mundell’s excellent 1980 album Time and Place on his own Mun-Rock label. The dub version appears only on the B-side of this single. This B-side version is as rare as anything you’ll hear on this blog.
More rare Mundell vinyl soon come!
Wicked repatriation anthem nyabinghi style.
If you are looking for some new roots, rock, reggae to vibe on, here are 5 new albums that I can recommend to my readers without reservation:
1. KAYA (Deluxe Edition) by Bob Marley and the Wailers (Tuff Gong)
2. Yellowman – Young, Gifted, and Yellow (VP)
3. Cedric Congo Meets Mad Professor by Cedric Myton and Mad Professor (Ariwa Sounds)
4. Reggae Will Mad UnU by Captain Sinbad & Frenchie (Maximum Sounds)
5. Topsy Turvy Word by Kiddus-I (Rubin Rockers)
Heavyweight Champion of Dub by Gussie P & Mad Professor (Mafia & Fluxy) OUT THIS WEEK!
Upon it’s second release in 2001 on the Rastafaria label (it was originally released in Namibia, Africa in December 1997), reggae critics and album reviewers the world over recognized this album as one of the best reggae albums ever made. The popular and credible Reggae Reviews web site in giving it “5 heads” said this of Unpolished:
“Midnite’s first 3 albums form a triumvirate as impressive as any trio of albums in the history of reggae, and the group has single-handedly set a bold new standard for modern roots.”
The debut album, recorded at East Coast Flava in Washington, DC on a 2-track recorder and using no mixer, equalization, overdubs, effects (the drums weren’t even mic’d!), is a stunning display of roots and culture inna whole new style.
Worlds Music called it “quite possibly the greatest reggae album ever recorded.” Like most, my introduction to Midnite’s sound came through ‘Rule The Time’ their first wide release in 2000. While I liked it very much, I did start to think of it as contrived, even a novelty, after listening for a while. 13 years later, and with a much better ear for what is good reggae music, I now appreciate these reviews and I have come to the conclusion that while Unpolished is not the greatest reggae album ever made, it is probably the best roots reggae album in 15 years. Hear for yourself…
What was my reaction when I found out that Cedric Myton was collaborating on an album with Mad Professor? ECSTATIC!
When I found out that Cedric would be singing original vocals over some of the most noteworthy reggae riddims I was over the moon. This album gives me hope. I’m just thrilled that they are still making great roots reggae albums. Pairing these two living legends together was pure genius and this album is a smash. Hands down best album so far for 2013. This says a lot considering it’s up against albums from Black Roots, Midnite, Kiddus-I, Captain Sinbad & Frenchie, Mikey Dread, and Corner & The Metastones. The crop of roots albums so far this year really gives me hope for the future of roots reggae…what a year we are having!
BUY THIS ALBUM NOW! Cedric singing over the “Jah Vengeance” and “Africa Must Be Free” riddims? Followed up by Professor’s dub version? Are you for real?
I have included selections from the album here just to give you an idea of what it sounds like. In the interest of respecting copyright, each track fades out at the 2-minute mark.
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