Beautifully direct UK sufferers from 1976. The original K and B labels credited the production to the singer — though that’s Dennis Bovell on various instruments and backing vocals.
A worthy issue of this roots masterpiece, at last; and Take A Hold — on the flip — is from the Black Ark.
Clive Hunt at Treasure Isle in the mid-seventies. Four versions of the same righteous tune as the Dennis.
Trinity’s best record, from 1978. On a steppers Love Without Feeling — dub-wise, clattering drums, blurting bass — he chants himself into a lather about some bloke ‘calling people roach’. Errol Scorcher?
The 1977 Sonic Sounds with Sly and Robbie, Sticky and Scully, Ansel Collins… and an ace horn section in full effect: Vin Gordon, Bobby Ellis, Tommy McCook, Herman Maquis, Dirty Harry.
1990 digi killer by Leicester’s finest, originally out on the Japanese Tachyon label run by Bullwackies cohort Sonny Ochiai. Classic.
Terrific follow-up to Music Family, from Dave ‘Lucan I’ Smith. Leicester-Tokyo-Kingston sufferers, come dancehall anthem. Sonny ‘Sebwackie’ Ochiai keeps the rhythm bubbling.
‘Where you want to live? We don’t no one come chuck I around. We want to live where no Babylon can walk through.’ Tell them, Scientist. Electrocute them, Steelie. Yearning, heavyweight murder.
The Joe Gibbs bouncer gives it up on this mighty rhythm. (Also check BB Seaton’s Conscious Minds on Soul Beat — Hotter The Battle — and Pablo In Red.)
Winston Jarrett fronting a characteristically rugged, deep-funk Family Man rhythm.
Marley-styled, mystical roots anthem. The Inner Circle singer’s finest moment.
Sweet, sweet sufferers on Tommy McCook’s lovely Schenectady’s Shock rhythm, featuring Augustus Pablo on glockenspiel. (‘Shock probation’ is an alternative to prison in Schenectady County, New York.)
Essential Screaming Target instrumentals from the original Gussie - Big Youth sessions. Limber, spacious, rocking — with Augustus Pablo on keys and hard-drinking ‘White Rum’ Raymond on violin. Yes yes yes.
Channel One do-over of the Upsetter masterpiece Rejoice Jah Jah Children; with a lightly Black-Art-style Johnny Osbourne on the flip. Both from the LITA Summer compilation, out of Canada. Wicked twelve.
Superb, heavyweight roots LP from 1983, produced by Linval Thompson, with Scientist writ large in the mix. (Hey Stranger turns up on the first Dub Landing.)
Tough sufferers, produced by Linval Thompson — with a heavy, zonked, dubwise LT on the flip. Killer.