‘Run for cover now / I’m takin’ over / So please step aside / Because I ain’t gonna sympathise / Boy I’m gonna lay it on / From dusk till dawn / With a right to the head and a left to the cheek / (Musically)…’ From 1967 with Lynn Taitt, straight to the head of Coxsone Dodd.
A magnificent survey of his productions. Leroy Sibbles, Tommy McCook, Leroy Smart, Augustus Pablo, Horace Andy, Gregory Isaacs, I-Roy, Dennis Brown… Forty tracks on the CD.
Rude boy better check his pacemaker before the vocal starts. Shark-attack version of this monumental Upsetters classic. Alva ‘Slasher’ Lewis, the Barrett Bros, Winston Wright, Augusts Pablo.
A lovely, mellow, rare gem from the Gladiator; inimitable, funky Black Ark magic. Bunny Rugs on rhythm, Benbow drums. Perry’s dub is rugged and spare, with gently rolling delays. Originally a 1974 Sky-High.
Ten killer dubs of Barrington Levy, mixed at Tubby’s, mostly unreleased. Sleeved in covers from back in the day — before the album was shelved in late 1980 — resplendent in Oneil Nanco’s artwork.
Almighty roots masterpiece. The combination of Perry’s militant genius and the Shoes’ Abyssinians-style wordless singing at the start is intensely stirring, every time. Plus the awesome Tight Spot.
What a stunning turn-up! Never before released, here is the greatest producer in reggae at the very peak of his powers — sounds like 1977 — running the first, pre-Black Uhuru version of Love Crisis. That’s right.