Sugar showed Coxsone how to lick over classic rhythms to suit the changing times, layering on new bass, percussion and keys by the Underground Vegetables crew, behind sparkling new vocals.
Over three decades, Rude Boys cast as thugs, henchmen, pariahs; cutting-edge cultural warriors, rebels, freedom fighters. From ska to dancehall, with numerous rare contributions, and thrilling from start to finish.
A blistering selection, with the series’ signature mixture of classic hits and recovered treasure.
Superb selection from the Soul Vendors era. An early run-out for FM’s Bandulo rhythm to start; connoisseur monsters like Rave All Night and I Make a Woman; Mittoo murder like Sure Shots. Notes by Chris Lane.
Aka the Wailing Souls doing Walk Walk Walk. Almighty reggae. On the flip, Alcapone bamboozles The Gaylads’ beseeching earnestness with proverbs, yelps and nursery rhymes.
Beautiful sufferers; with the great Alcapone hyping his own sound system on the flip, over You Don’t Care.
Heart-melting, close-harmony rocksteady — a dapper mixture of naivety and self-determination, beautifully expressed — previously extremely hard to find on blue UK Coxsone. Flip’s a winner, too.
Lovely Impressions impressions on the eve of the group’s departure from Brentford Road.
Don’t miss this. Utterly seductive, driving rock steady from the Webber sisters in 1968. (They’re not called the Tonettes because they’re overweight.) Check this artwork: www.johnnyspencer.info/Page18.htm