Sunday, March 20, 2022

Barrington Levy - Poor man style


When Dance hall was lovely.

album: Poorman Style
artist: Barrington Levy
musicians: Roots Radics
producer: Linval Thompson
mixed by Scientist
studio:Channel One
label: Clocktower/Abraham

How did Dancehall become Yellowman?

That is a question that has haunted me for 40 years.

Dancehall, the dancehall that I fell in love with, was so good. Those wicked Roots Radics rythms.  Producers like Linval Thompson and Junjo Lawes.  Artist like the Wailing Souls, Barrington Levy, Linval Thompson himself. The ever present Scientist mixing.  Channel One Studio.  Good music.  When Yellowman came out... It was like loss of Eden..

And I didn't even get the apple.

She Is The Best Girl

I get a tickle every time I see the "Abraham" logo.  A lot of people give Abraham a lot of grief.  Call him a bootleg label.  Say all sorts of ill things but I just want to say "Thank You Mr. Abraham."  Back in the 80s and 90s I purchased so much vinyl on that label.  So many great Channel One albums that I would have otherwise never found.  I'm glad to see he's still putting out material on CD.  Cheers.

I Love I Love Her

Barrington Levy

Monday, February 14, 2022

Little Roy - Bongo Nyah

 artist: Earl Lowe aka Little Roy

songs:  Jah can count on I b/w Bongo Nyah

label: Tafari

year: 1979

Technically speaking Bongo Nyah is the B side of this record but it was the song I was interested in when I bought this single. I found it one day in a used reggae bin in Chicago.  About blew my socks off.  I had been hunting for this record high and low for years and then there it was just sitting with the rest of the records.  It's moments like that that I feel a joy and the room spins a bit.  The price tag read $5.

Little Roy


Sunday, January 30, 2022

Sylford Walker and Welton Irie

artists: Sylford Walker and Welton Irie
album: Lamb's Bread International
label: Blood and Fire

Dreadful music.  Jamaica mid 1970s.  
Glenmore Brown productions. 
We're in the heart of Kingston's downtown on Gold Street, between East Queen Street and Harbor Street.  Yabby You is lurking in the shadows behind all the smoke.  Wicked a go run.



Lamb's Bread


Friday, January 28, 2022

Original Music Various Artist


artist: Various Artist
album: Reggae Revive Classic's
label: Original Music
year: 1997
recorded: 1976 - 1979

I don't think I've ever heard an Original Music production that I didn't like.  Roots music with that low budget air of authenticity.  This album has seriously good versions.  Credited to The Revolutionaries.  Great mixing.  Shades of King Tubby Uptown.  Classic.  Dread.  

Jah Woosh - Marcus Say and Version

Joseph Earlocks and The Revolutionaries - Free the Black Man Version

Horace Andy - Tonight and Version


Friday, January 21, 2022

Nasio - Living in the Positive

artist: Nasio Fontaine
album: Living in the Positive
label: Higher Love Music
year: 2003

I don't hear enough about Nasio Fontaine.  Nasio is a great singer.

I was introduced to Nasio Fontaine by a cassette tape that I just somehow had.  I have no idea how I got it..  I just found it one day among my cassette tapes.  The tape said "Nasio" on it in someone's handwriting.  Thank you whoever left it.  I played that tape to death.  This was back when I was living in Miami.  Nasio's upful singing was perfect for drives down the Keys.  What a life.  I still have that tape somewhere.  

Amazing footage of Nasio live in Sierra Leone.  

Babylon cause all the problems




Sunday, January 16, 2022

Harder Shade of Black - Santic Records

artist:  Various Artist
album: Harder Shade of Black
label: Pressure Sounds
Santic Record Company

Leonard Chin aka Santic was born in 1953 in Kingston, Jamaica.  In the early 1970s Chin began working as a singer but he soon realized that his disposition was more suited to music production.  So he set up his own recording label, "Santic Recording Company."  The name Santic is said to have been derived from the name of his friend drummer Carlton "Santa" Davis but then again who really knows.  Chin's productions during the the 1970's included recordings by Augustus Pablo, Paul Whiteman, Jah Woosh, Roman Stewart, Horace Andy and Gregory Isaacs.  Augustus Pablo actually recorded his first single "Pablo In Dub" with Santic Records.  Horace Andy had two substantial hits with the Santic label: "Problems" and "Children of Israel" both of which are included on this CD.  Chins recording sessions generally took place at Randy's Studio with Errol Thompson mixing and Augustus Pablo on the keyboards and arranging.  

As the 70s ended and the Rockers Era drew to a close Leonard Chin moved on to London where he became involved in Lovers Rock production which is as they say, a whole new story.  The album here "Harder Shade of Black" is a mid-70s compilation of Santic Recordings reissued by Pressure Sounds.  The recordings are strictly Rockers... and Wicked. 

Leonard Chin aka Santic


Saturday, January 15, 2022

Little Roy - Tafari Earth Uprising


artist: Little Roy
album: Tafari Earth Uprising
label: Pressure Sounds
year: 1996

Killer Album

songs:  (all great)

2      Christopher Columbus
3      Don't Cross The Nation
5      Easy Chair
6      Mr. T.
7      Tribal War
8      Forces
9      Working
10    Richman Laugh
11    Blackbird
12    Jah Can Count On I
13    Rocking Chair
14    Forces Dub

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Gregory Isaacs - Next to You 12 inch single


artist: Gregory Isaacs
songs: Next to You b/w A Few Words
label: African Museum 12 inch

Next to You

A Few Words

    Gregory Isaacs


Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Black Slate - Seven Hundred Pound Weight (12 inch)


My woman loves it and she smokes it
My woman loves it and she needs it
My woman smokes it cuz it takes her higher
But we just can afford it...

So seven hundred pound a weight a murder
Seven hundred pound a sensimilla

artist: Black Slate feat. Ras Elroy
song: Seven Hundred Pound Weight b/w Justice and Honour
label: Integrity

side A:

side AA


Monday, September 21, 2020

Burning Spear - Rocking Time

"Easily in my top 10 albums of all time" - grooVemonzter

artist: Burning Spear
album: Rocking Time
producer: Coxsone Dodd
label: Studio One

side one:

      Burning Spear at Studio One

side two: