It’s been a long wait for decent Leroy Smart coverage, and this is excellent. 1975-78: Tubbys, Jammys, Channel One.
Storming seventies Channel One rhythm with the same kind of militant double-time drumming as Gregory’s Mr Know It All. Mr Smart sings his heart out. Like the I Roy, on seven here for the first time.
Leroy Smart on tough, mid-tempo Channel One is a hard act to follow… but female deejay Super Chick steals the show on the flip, smashing Fight Fight. Murder.
Super-heavy piece of Green Bay Killing, with an unreleased dub; and a Shaolin Temple excursion on the flip, with a tough Scientist.
Murderous next version of the almighty Horace Andy / Zion Gate rhythm, with Leroy Superstar Smart taking a turn in the witness box, alongside King Tubby… Nothing but the truth.
Looks like shit, but here are some of the Don’s very best records, mid-70s Bunny Lee, total murder like God Helps The Man and Wreck Up My Life. Just try the first clip. ‘God helps the man who thinketh for himself.’