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.
I have been very impressed with the quality of reggae represses over the past 2 years. Real quality roots reggae, pressed to decent vinyl, and sold at a very reasonable price. This is one of the outstanding represses that Brooklyn’s Deeper Knowledge is responsible for.
Prince Junior’s self-produced “Girl For All Seasons” is originally released circa 1980 on 12″ and LP. Deeper Knowledge pressed it for the very first time to 7″ vinyl. Great heavy roots lovers, as played back in the day by and specially requested on dubplate by Jah Shaka. This one a mad Shaka steppas anthem….
Readers of this blog know that I am a Hugh Mundell devotee and I collect anything and everything that has his name attached to it. As a reggae collector, sometimes you just come across pure gold, and when you do, there is nothing like it in the world. I picked this rare gem up for $5.00. Those familiar with Mundell’s masterpiece debut album ‘Africa Must Be Free By 1983′ will recognize this tune as “My Mind,” the second track on the a-side. I’m assuming that this is either an earlier version (but I doubt it because the mix sounds identical) of “My Mind,” or a simple misprint. Either way, there aren’t many of these around.
The scan of the 7″ vinyl disc below and in the video is the actual copy from my collection. As you can see, it is pressed to the Pablo International label. The only other one I’ve seen has a label printed in red/pink. Who knows, there could be a bunch of these floating around. It could be an original, or maybe a repress from the eighties. Like I said, I could find nothing on this one.
I’ts always a pleasure to share with you new vinyl, mint represses of classic roots music. I just received from Pressure Sounds in the UK the Prince Far-I “Frontline Speech”/”Version” 7 inch vinyl repress (Cry Tough) and Black Skin The Prophet’s “Blood Red”/”Version” (Cry Tough). The heavyweight shit, biblical style.
Prince Far-I was probably the heaviest DJ/Producer of his time and is partially responsible for the emergence of the On-U Sound in the UK as he was a mentor to dubologist Adrian Sherwood. It is said that his label Cry Tuff was a reference to his propensity to break into tears when exceedingly angry. His backing band ‘The Arabs’ are a little outfit from the island also known as the ‘Roots Radics.’ Far-I was murdered in his home on September 15, 1983 over a money dispute.
Black Skin The Prophet (Sonny Washington) was a protegé and recording partner of Prince Far-I, with whom he recorded tunes like ‘Blood Red,’ ‘When The King Comes On Earth’ (with the deejay), ‘Zion Children’ or ‘Armaggedon’ (with the deejay). He also launched his own label BlackSkin (different from Dudley Sibley’s label). Then came the incredible scorcher ‘Jack Spratt’ for Clive Chin & Familyman (reportedly recorded over the ‘Soul Rebel’ riddim during a rehearsal at 56 Hope Road). It is rumored that he recorded the tune ‘Single Woman’ for Bunny Wailer, who claims to have lost the tape.
During an interview in 2000 Washington states:
“I was living in the country at the time and there was that policeman who was kind of harassing me. One day, I started to have an argument with a bus driver and the policeman arrived, caught me by the dreads and threw me out of the bus. He treated me in a very vicious way just because he had a gun. A few days later I went to the studio to record the tune “Blood Red Fe Babylon” and I even quote his name in the lyrics : “Blood run out of Beenie’s head.” The policeman loved the tune. Many times I saw him playing it from the jukebox!”
I’m sharing with you a rare alternate mix of Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers’ “When The Light Gone Out,” a stunning track off my favorite ZM&MM album ‘ONE BRIGHT DAY. I’ve heaped so much praise on their first 2 albums with Virgin Records here at MIDNIGHT RAVER. Both albums (Conscious Party, One Bright Day) are produced by Talking Heads’ Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, musical geniuses in their own right, who were part of a small group of post-punk bands responsible for bringing us a little something called “alternative” rock. Ziggy gets a producing credit on this album also. I challenge you to find a bad tune on this album. Sure, they explore different styles, just like they do with all of their albums. But not a bad tune here. Let me tell you, I wore this one out in 1989/1990. WOE IT OUT!
So I’ve had this vinyl single for as long as I can remember, but did not realize it was an alternate mix until just recently when I was digitizing it. If you know the album version, the alternate mix is instantly recognizable. If you are not familiar with the album version, I’m sure there are at least 1 maybe 2 out there, then I’ve included it here for comparison.
So here is my ZM&MM “When The Light Gone Out”/”Version” (Alternate Mix) 7″ 45 rpm pressed on the Ghetto Youths United label.