Just released last week – Jah Carlos “Black Harmony” on the Rawse (Wackies) label! I could not pass on this one. As usual, my man Ras Judah of Lion Roots in NYC had the goods. Early Don Carlos singing as “Jah Carlos” and backed by the mighty Soul Syndicate. Recorded in 1975 at King Tubbys and reworked in NYC at the Wackies lab to give it that dark, cloudy, northeast vibe. Dub is beyond tuff! George “Fully” Fullwood on the murderous bass track…
This week’s pick is ‘Lovers Leap Showcase’ by Bim Sherman, my favorite Jamaican singer, hands down. The album, released in 1979, is a stunning listen! Not only do you have the vocal stylings of Bim Sherman, but also on this album you have the Soul Syndicate and the Roots Radics laying down the riddims.
Babylon feel ‘dis one all week long!
Bim Sherman Lovers Leap Showcase Record date : 1979 Album style : roots, solo vocal
Playlist : My Woman My Woman Part 2 Lovers Leap Lovers Leap Part 2 My Brethren My Brethren Part 2 It Is Raining It Is Raining Part 2 Chancery Lane Chancery Lane Part 2
Engineer : Prince Jammy
Producer : Bim Sherman
Vocals : Bim Sherman Backing Band : The Soul Syndicate & The Roots Radics Drums : Santa Davis Bass : Fully Fullwood & Errol Flabba Holt Guitar : Chinna & Bingy Bunny
Studios : Channel One (Kingston, JA) & King Tubby’s (Kingston, JA) & Randy’s (Kingston, JA)
Here is another Bim Sherman classic, which I uploaded last year. It is a high quality vinyl rip of my own copy of “In A Rub-A-Dub Style.”
Earl Zero is, without a doubt, one of my all time favorite roots singers. Like Don Carlos, his voice is the definition of roots to me. He has the ability to thread his voice through a track in a way so that it sounds as if it is just another instrument, almost getting lost in the mix. His songs are tapestries which tell a story.
As I told a recent commenter, its hard for me to describe what I’m hearing, but his vocal threads through a song instead of sitting on top of the instruments
“In early 1979 Jerry Stein & Jeff Roth traveled to Jamaica & filmed what would become the classic roots reggae movie WORD SOUND & POWER featuring mainly The Soul Syndicate, Earl Zero & others. They also shot amazing footage of Hugh Mundell & Augustus Pablo performing in the hills which finally saw the light of day recently in THE MYSTIC WORLD OF AUGUSTUS PABLO The Rockers Story box set (Shanachie) in 2008. In this Midnight Dread radio program (#4) from exactly 33 years ago Jerry joins host Doug Wendt to play many great & scarce selections from his reggae vinyl collection & talk a little about his film, which then was tentatively titled CHILDREN OF JAH. Here’s the first 80 minutes as aired 12am Monday December 10th, 1979. Midnight Dread debuted September 30th then returned November 11th appearing every two weeks late Sundays at midnight for two hours or more until it went weekly in March 1980 shortly after Mikey Dread appeared on Doug’s radio show while Mikey was on tour with The Clash. Midnight Dread migrated to San Francisco’s KQAK The Quake, a modern ‘rock of the eighties’ station, in March 1984. It was also broadcast regularly from San Francisco’s KUSF & KFOG into the 1990s.
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This historical release is produced by Niney The Observer, mixed by King Tubby, Errol & Dennis Thompson and features vocals from Dennis Brown, Delroy Wilson and Big Youth.
On Jan 24, 2012, 17 North Parade released Live At The Turntable Club for the first time on CD. The original 1974 release, presented and produced by Niney The Observer, was the first live album recorded in Jamaica that gave the rest of the world aural access to Kingston’s lively music scene during a definitive era in reggae.
With electrifying live performances from Dennis Brown, Delroy Wilson, Big Youth and backing band Soul Syndicate, Live At The Turntable Club is a vibrant snap shot of the key players who paved the way for the roots genre. Reggae’s most accomplished recording engineers – King Tubby, Errol Thompson and Dennis Thompson – along with Niney and these legendary artists were at the peak of their musical careers when they captured these live recordings inside Kingston’s famous nightclub. The songs were mixed by King Tubby at his renowned studio on Dromilly Avenue and mastered in London at The Beatles’ Apple Studio on Saville Row.
1 Dennis Brown Cassandra 2 Dennis Brown Rock With Me Baby 3 Dennis Brown Give A Helping Hand 4 Alexander Portious Everything I Own 5 Alexander Portious Love Overdue 6 Delroy Wilson I’m A Happy Man (Without You In My Life) 7 Delroy Wilson It’s A Shame 8 Delroy Wilson Have Some Mercy 9 Delroy Wilson You Keep On Running 10 Big Youth Santa Massa Gone Ya (I Pray Thee) 11 Big Youth Dread In A Babylon