Another dynamite single in the Wareika Hill Sounds series from Honest Jon's! Like the last single from trombonist Calvin Bubbles Cameron, this batch if numbers is very much in the vein of the fantastic Light Of Saba set, or some of the Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari material. As you might hope, the tracks chug along on massive basslines over rootsy Nyabinghi drumming, with deep horn melodies over top. 3 great instrumental tracks, "Coconut Head Version", "Joseph C" and "Tears In Exile" plus the vocal cut "They Say". 12-inch, Vinyl record
A nice 4-track 7" EP on Jump Up benefitting the Teenage Cancer Trust – with "Razorblade Alley" by Hotknives, "The Opium Eaters" by Crabs Corporation, "Madness" by The Values feat Neal Innes & Bedders, and Driving In My Car" by Rude Boy George. 7-inch, Vinyl record
A lengendary, melodic rootsy original number by Itals – with a masterful riddim used to brilliant effect by Yellowman on the flip! "In A Dis Ya Time" by Itals is a killer tune with achingly soulful vocals, and rhythm that's taking to a deeper level by unforgettable little bit of piano in the opening seconds. Beautiful stuff – and it makes for a choice backdrop for Yellowman on the classic "Operation Eradication". This great 12" also includes the "Harbour Vew Rock" instrumental as a closer. 12-inch, Vinyl record
Horace Andy —
Get Wise ... CD Pressure Sounds (UK), 1975. New Copy ...
Prime 70s work from Horace Andy – recorded in this laidback, soul-drenched style that almost recalls the Kingston sound of a few years before! The setting is very earthy and up-close – a perfect placement for Andy's really unique vocals, which almost approximate some of the more interesting male soul vocalists of the east coast scene of the time – particularly those at the higher end of the spectrum. Horace lilts up and down beautifully – over grooves recorded at Channel One, Black Ark, Dynamic Sound, and Randys – on titles that include "Roots Of All Evil", "Sexy Jean", "Let Your Teardrops Fall", "Get Wise", "Today Youth", "Feel Good", "Eighty Percent Badness", and "I Don't Want To Be Outside". CD
Horace Andy —
Get Wise ... LP Pressure Sounds (UK), 1975. New Copy (reissue)...
Prime 70s work from Horace Andy – recorded in this laidback, soul-drenched style that almost recalls the Kingston sound of a few years before! The setting is very earthy and up-close – a perfect placement for Andy's really unique vocals, which almost approximate some of the more interesting male soul vocalists of the east coast scene of the time – particularly those at the higher end of the spectrum. Horace lilts up and down beautifully – over grooves recorded at Channel One, Black Ark, Dynamic Sound, and Randys – on titles that include "Roots Of All Evil", "Sexy Jean", "Let Your Teardrops Fall", "Get Wise", "Today Youth", "Feel Good", "Eighty Percent Badness", and "I Don't Want To Be Outside". LP, Vinyl record album
11 tracks in all: "In My Father's House", "Rebel", "54-46 (Was My Number)", "Just A Little Herb", "Rainfall, Sunshine", "Mercy Mercy Me", "You Can't Show Me", "Gave You My Love", "I Asked the Question", "need Your Love" and "Chasing The Breeze". LP, Vinyl record album
A great little compilation from Aswad – issued the same year as their mighty, mighty New Chapter set! Showcase collects Aswad's early singles and documents their formative years very nicely. The sound of these 6 longish tracks has all the militancy that would fall away in their later pop dancehall years – very much in the vein of their great self-titled debut from the mid 70s. Includes the leftfield disco-not-disco classic 'Warrior Charge", plus "Back to Africa", "Three Babylon", "It's Not Our Wish", "Rainbow Culture" and "Babylon". CD
A further delve into the King Jammy archives from VP – featuring a heavy selection of mid 80s digital revolution – with roots-era inspired gems with a crisp, period production aesthetic! All tracks produced and arranged by Lloyd "King Jammy" James – with numbers by Wayne Smith, Nitty Gritty, King Kong, Cornell Campbell, Johnny Osbourne, Wailing Souls and many more! 20 tracks on the 2LP version: "My Lord, My God" by Wayne Smith, "Mr Boss Man" by Youth Man, "Dangerous System" by Pad Anthony, "Illegal Gun" by Junior Delgado, "Live And Save Life" by Horace Andy, "Nothing Don't Come Easy" by Cornell Campbell, "Dem A Terrorist" by Johnny Osbourne, "Down In The Ghetto" by Nitty Gritty, "Spread Propaganda" by Wailing Souls and more. LP, Vinyl record album
Another round of Studio One butter from the folks at Soul Jazz! By this point you're well informed about the status of Coxsone Dodd's Studio One operation as the cornerstone of so much Jamaican music, and Soul Jazz has approached the catalog from just about every angle, covering nearly all the bases before landing here on this dub set. The sly Island grooves are stripped down to their bare essentials, then given a tasteful bit of dubby gloss at the hands of Sylvan Morris, for a massive collection that'll rule your stereo like Studio One rocked the sound systems back in the day. 17 tracks in all, wrapped in a nice package that includes interviews with Morris and Dodd, and fully annotated as to which numbers the rhythms were originally cut as the backing for. Includes "Bionic Dub", "Sky Rhythm", 'Taurus Dub 2", "Hooligan", "Dub Rock", "Hi Fashion Dub", In Cold Blood Version" and "Feel The Dub". CD
Some of the first great sounds to come from the legendary Studio One Records – an assortment of early rocksteady singles, including a fair bit of rare gems we've never heard before! These rocksteady tracks are the precursor to later reggae work from Jamaica – and show a strong influence from American soul and R&B, especially on the vocals – mixed with more of the slow-loping grooves that would later explode to global prominence in the 70s. The production style is great – very spare and laidback – almost at the same level as American soul indie labels of the time, which makes for an especially great focus on the vocals, especially on the collection's good number of harmony tracks. Titles include "Soulful Music" by The Invadors, "Sugar & Spice" by The Viceroys, "Happy Organ" by Soul Vendors, "I Make A Woman" by The Kingstonians, "Mama Didn't Know" by The Termites, "You're Gonna Lose" by The Octaves, "Reel Up" by Bumps Orkley, and "Reel Up" by The Wigglers. CD