Dennis Bovell —
Mek It Run ... CD Pressure Sounds (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ...
Fresh dubs of rare tracks by Dennis Bovell – all redone recently, but with a vibe that's right up there with the best of classic Kingston! The package has a fascinating origin – in that Bovell had a recent medical ban on playing the bass, so decided to turn the clock back, dig up some vintage tapes, and go to work in the studio of Mad Professor – to turn each number into a dub-heavy masterpiece! The sound is wonderful – still very much indebted to the original basslines, but stretched out much more fully too – with spacey sounds all over the place, really abstracted instrumentation, and the kind of groove that reminds us that they still do make dubs this great – as long as you know where to look. Titles include "Princess Dub", "In The Mix", "Afreecan", "Binghi Man", "Dub Code", "Burden", "After The Storm", "Wallpaper Eraser", "Mek It Run (Run Rasta Run)", and "Floods Of Tears". CD
Tremendous work from Lloyd Charmers – a one-man powerhouse in early reggae – singer, musician, and producer too – with an undeniable ear for the hippest, most soulful sounds around! In fact, Charmers was one of the few to strongly hold onto an American soul influence, even as the music was shifting – and the result is not just some superb soul covers, remade with a new Kingston groove – but also great tracks of Lloyd's own, which can have echoes of styles from Detroit, Chicago, or Philly – although an undeniable reggae approach overall! This 2CD set brings together two full albums that feature Charmers in the lead, and working with other contemporaries too – the records Lloyd Charmers In Session and Best Of Lloyd Charmers – plus lots of bonus tracks too. 50 tracks in all – with titles that include "A Lover's Quarrel" by BB Seaton, "Thula Thula" by The Messengers, "Children Of The Night" by The Chosen Few, "Take A Message To Mary" by Ken Parker "Blue Moon" by Guts McGeorge, and "Just As Long As You Need Me" by Busty Brown – plus "One Big Unhappy Family", "Look A Py Py", "Color Him Father", "Play Me", "Save Their Souls", "Soul Of England", and "Dollars & Bonds" by Lloyd Charmers hiself. CD
A brilliant showcase for the legendary talents of Kingston's Studio One – a key force in Jamaican music from the start of the 60s, and one that continued to thrive well into the 70s too! Studio One might be best remembered for their late 60s work in ska and rocksteady – but as you'll hear here, the company continued to thrive in a mix of 70s styles too – especially some of the more progressive sounds that came into play once the political scene in Jamaica really started to heat up! Production is wonderful – clear, concise, and without too much to abstract from the wonderfully soulful vocals in the lead – and as with other Soul Jazz collections of Studio One material, the track selection is superb, and the whole thing is presented with a rich amount of notes and historical information. Titles include "Stick Together" by The Wailing Souls, "Bredda Labba Labba" by Freddy McGregor, "Stay With Me" by Frankie Wilmoth, "People A Watch Me" by Johnny Osbourne, "Send Another Moses" by The Willos, "Right On Rasta" by Cedric Im Brooks & Count Ossie, "What About Me" by Myrna Hague, "Jah Dread" by Prince Jazzbo, "Time To Be Happy" by Michigan & Smiley, "Joy In The Morning" by The Gaylads & The Brendford Disco Set, and "Chuky Skank" by Dillinger. CD