MIDNIGHT RAVER’S ALBUM PICK OF THE WEEK

20TH CENTURY DEBWISE – DEB Music Players

Produced by Dennis Brown and mixed by a young Prince Jammy at King Tubby’s studio in 1977, 20th CENTURY DEBWISE, featuring Dennis Emmanuel Brown’s Music Players, is an unparalleled adventure in dub and an interesting look at Prince Jammy’s emerging talent and style.  An astonishing listen…

You may notice the opening dub version as I did a post about this crucial Dennis Brown tune last week…“3 Meals A Day.”

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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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Luciano / U-Roy: “Going Home” / “Fisherman Style” (Blood & Fire)

Here is a great 7″ from our good friend Steve Barrow’s Blood & Fire label.  Their last release was an album featuring our favorite reggae artists singing or toasting over Lee “Scratch” Perry’s legendary “Fisherman” riddim, made famous by The Congos’ “Row Fisherman Row” off the ‘Heart Of The Congos’ album.  This 7″ features Luciano blessing the riddim with his vocal and U-Roy toasting the riddim on the flip side.

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