The great Studio One trombonist — Don Drummond Jr — on killer Bunny Lee digi.
All three singles are the business.
Super-heavyweight Family Man, Billie Jean business.
The dub is exclusive to this essential seven-inch.
Fret not, rudie — giddying, solid-gold killers abound in this haul of Upsetters dub-plates and alternate mixes. Pablo’s here, Junior Murvin, Bucky Skank, History Of Captivity, Billie Jean… Towering, sick genius.
Aka New York City.
Originally released on Burke’s, out of Brooklyn.
Pat Francis aka Jah Lloyd, whose masterpiece is Columbia Colly, from the Black Ark.
Singing, not deejaying here, on his own tough rhythm, originally for his own label, Teem.
Kicks off with a dub of the killer Bobby Boy rhythm, and includes versions of Hot Milk, Afrikaan Beat, Shank I Sheck and Ali Baba, not to mention Hugh Mundell’s almighty Jah Fire Will Be Burning.
Deep, haunting roots. A Barbara Streisand rework!
The soulful, moody Studio One singer, producing himself for a change, with a tough dub. Originally released on Hot Rod.
A Joe Higgs production lining up members of the Wailing Souls alongside the man himself, originally released on his own Elevation imprint.
A beautiful rock steady vocal from the multi-talented Adams. This in-demand cut comes complete with added harmonies missing from the better known version. With a Val Bennett of the same tune.
Deeply soulful rock steady singing by the peerless Slim Smith, with an upbeat Webber Sisters on the flip. Bunny Lee productions, re-presented on heavy vinyl, in picture sleeves.
Bracing early Tubbys — the revolutionary transformation of classics like Creator’s Kingston Town, a couple of Andy Capps, The Dynamites’ Red Moon. With Stitt going at U-Roy, on King Of Kings.
Might not look like much, with these songs you’ve heard before, but don’t be fooled — these are heavy, spare, raw Jammy’s mixes of the great singer, dubplate-style, for the late-seventies JA dancehall. Tremendous.
The Supersonics — Ranglin, Drumbago, Lyn Tait and co, not forgetting the gypsy-violinist White Rum Raymond — on stone classic Bond Street rhythms; Duke Reid’s nephew Errol Brown running things superbly, dubwise.
An uproarious survey of the wittiest of all the wars-of-words in reggae. Cameos from Johnny Clarke, Jazzbo, Derrick Morgan — but I-Roy takes the honours (and pity anyone coming up against him).
Jimmy Radway’s dub masterpiece. Massive, brawling rhythms, hard and thunderous and innovative like the very best Glen Brown. Essential!