Sylvan White “Africans Unite” w/version

The criminally neglected roots singer Sylvan White, who recorded a number of singles in the late ’70s and early ’80s for the Freedom Sound and Cornerstone labels, is bittersweet to listen to.  Sweet because the songs are so consistently good, and bitter because White recorded so little and so little of what he did record is commercially available. The rhythm track here is provided by the Soul Syndicate and mixed at King Tubby’s studio.  White’s voice and his emotional delivery are flawless.  This tune is top ranking.

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Bob Marley & the Wailers, Rehearsal, Tuff Gong Studios, 1980 (Re-Up!)

I just re-upped this great rehearsal tape so make sure to grab it while you can!  Bob Marley and the Wailers rehearsal at Tuff Gong studios, May 1, 1980.

The video footage from this rehearsal was recorded by our good friend Dermot Hussey for a documentary program he was working on.

 

Top of the Pops: Clint Eastwood & General Saint “Stop That Train”

Clint Eastwood & General Saint were a reggae deejay duo of the early 1980s, consisting of Clint Eastwood (born Robert Anthony Brammer) and General Saint (born Winston Hislop). Noted for putting on lively, theatrical and humorous performances, Eastwood and Saint came to be known as a novelty act in Jamaica.

Jamaican Eastwood was already an established solo deejay with a string of albums behind him when he teamed up with British deejay Saint, their first release being “Tribute to General Echo”, about the recently killed slack deejay. They hit the UK Singles Chart with their version of “Last Plane (One Way Ticket)” in 1984. Both of the duo’s studio albums made the Top 5 of the UK Independent Chart.  Saint went on to a solo career, releasing singles such as “Save The Last Dance For Me” and “Oh Carol” (both featuring Don Campbell). One of the duo’s live performances was recorded by the BBC for their In Concert programme, and this was later released as an album.

 

 

BoJangles/Mighty Two “Prophesy Reveal”/”Fullfillment” (Errol T) 1977

1977, the that the two sevens clash.  This rare 7″ contains the DJ version to Culture’s “Two Sevens Clash,” a reference to the prophecies of Marcus Mosiah Garvey.  On the flip side is the phenomenal version titled “Fulfillment,” produced by the Mighty Two, Joel Gibson (AKA Joe Gibbs) and Errol Thompson.  The wicked 7″ is pressed to the Errol T label.

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