Mittwoch, 16. März 2016

Lloyd Deslandes

Producer, Arranger, Musician, Singer and Songwriter

Lloyd Deslandes aka Mr Desi aka Mr Lonely aka G Nervous

Lloyd Deslandes started singing back in 1968. At that time, he was always at Studio One writing and rehearsing songs with and for Leroy, Earl and Barry from the Heptones. He was in contact with other singers like Carl Dawkins, Freddie McKay, the Clarendonians and the Pioneers.

A young Lloydie Deslandes

After drifting away from the Heptones, he ended up at Joe Gibbs record store, where he met the Mellotones, the trio of Sammy, Leo and Wesley. His first record with them was "Lover Come Back", recorded at Studio One. 

Lloyd Deslandes: "I also did recordings with Jackson Jones, who formed the band Hippy Boys. Jackson was the one who introduced me to Peter Tosh, Carly Family Man Barrett,Ranny Bop, Bobby Kalphat and Oswald Nethersole. In 1970 we laid some rhythm tracks like "Slip And Slide", "Country Life" and "Alone At Last"

Lloyd Deslandes in 1970's style...

In the midst of his singing, he was also a member of the school band, playing saxophone. Later on he moved on joining the army, there joining the Jamaica Regiment Band.

Lloyd as a "soldier"

That was where he met Irvin Lloyd (Alla). Irvin was the one who introduced Desi to the Fab Five Band. Together they laid tracks like "Baby I Love You" and "Hide And Seek".
In 1976, Lloyd recorded two songs with Boris Gardiner Band at Channel One, "You" and "See Them A Come", more songs were recorded there but not yet released. 

Lloyd Deslandes and Boris Gardiner

Loyd Deslandes: "I have also lost some songs through piracy, but thank God I have found some of them back. Thank God I am blessed and highly favoured through Jesus Christ."

Lloyd Deslandes productions re-released through REGGAE FEVER so far:

Lloyd Deslandes - Baldhead
Lloyd Deslandes-Baldhead Version
Originally released on the Dalphine Production label, as Desie Mr Lonely - Bawl Head. 
Lloyd Deslandes started recording and producing in the late 60's as Mr. Lonely.

This song was originally released on the Zion Love 12" in the USA. Jackson Jones, original guitar and organ player of the Hippy Boys, tries himself as a singer here, produced by Mr Lonely Lloyd Deslandes.

Originally released on the Cancer King label in Jamaica, and later wrongly credited to the Viceroys, this is actually Lloyd Deslandes Aka Mr. Desi Aka Mr Lonely

Great late 70's Roots tune with killer dub, first time legally licensed with the producer Lloyd Deslandes. The vocal was pirated and wrongly credited as the Viceroys on Kingston Sounds LP/CD Ghetto Vibes, that entire LP/CD is Lloyd Deslandes work and stolen during a transfer session in a Kingston studio and until today not legally licensed.

The very first re-release in this series is "Hide And Seek", credited to Lloyd Deslandes (Mr Lonely) and Allah, along with the Fab 5 Band. Allah, keyboard player from Chalice, got to know Lloyd while playing in the Army Band. This record was released in 1972 in Jamaica on the Cancer label and in England on the Fab label.
The next release is a tune that achieved infamy as "Death Rides A Horse", recorded at Studio One in April 1969, and only ever released in Jamaica in 1969 on a small number of 7" pre-releases. 
Trojan Records made a mix-up with the tapes and released "Bangalang Shangalang" on theirAmalgamated 7" but retitled it "Death Rides A Horse". Flip side is "Lover Come Back" with Lloyd Deslandes on lead vocals and the Mellotones (Sammy, Wesley Martin (Wesley Nelson?) and Winston Francis) on backing vocals.

Allah & Loyd Deslandes 
Hide And Seek
Lloyd Deslandes

"Hide And Seek" is credited to Lloyd Deslandes (Mr Lonely) and Allah, along with the Fab 5 Band. Allah, keyboard player from Chalice, got to know Lloyd while playing in the Army Band. This record was released in 1972 in Jamaica on the Cancer label and in England on the Fab label.


Lloydie & The Mellotones 
Lover Come Back
Hippy Boys 
Death Rides A Horse

The next release is a tune that achieved infamy as "Death Rides A Horse", recorded at Studio One in April 1969, and only ever released in Jamaica in 1969 on a small number of 7" pre-releases. 
Trojan Records made a mix-up with the tapes and released "Bangalang Shangalang" on their Amalgamated 7" but retitled it "Death Rides A Horse". Flip side is "Lover Come Back" with Lloyd Deslandes on lead vocals and the Mellotones (Sammy, Wesley Martin (Wesley Nelson?) and Winston Francis) on backing vocals.

Hippy Boys
Bangalang Shangalang
Barry Bailey - I Am Lonely

A-Side, Bangalang Shangalang, Recorded At Studio One in April 1969 By Lloyd Deslandes, The Song Was Released In The UK On The Amalgamated Label And Wrongly Credited As "Death Rides".

Lloyd Deslandes - Unity
Lloyd Deslandes - Unity Dub

Loyd Deslandes Aka G. Nervous Aka Mister Lonely

Mittwoch, 9. September 2015

Reggae Fever New Re-Releases September 2015


Inspirations - Wonder Of Love
Clive All Stars - Greatest Scorcher

A-side features Jimmy London and Billy Dice as The Inspirations with their early reggae lovers rock "Wonder Of Love". B-side is a rare side, "Greatest Scorcher" was only released on a handful of blank 7" in the UK, no JA release. Its a DJ cut on the same riddim as the Kingstonians hit tune "Another Scorcher".


Tennors - Do The Reggae
Pacesetters - Nimrod Leap

The Tennors ride the new Reggae dance fever here with their fast driving early reggae song. B-side is the Glen Adams organ instrumental "Nimrod Leap" on the same riddim. 
It seems that both song were only released in the UK at the time, at least as far as we know.


Do Ba Do Ba Do
Theo Beckford+Deltone All Stars
Te Ta Toe

The Natives recorded only a few songs, and this is probably the rarest as it was only pressed in Jamaica on a small run of pre release 7". The Instrumental side "Te Ta Toe" is on the same riddim and features Theophilius Beckford on the organ. The Natives Band members seems to be a hard puzzle, we heard that one of them was Ossie, who was the same Ossie as in Ossie and the Upsetters.


Keeling Beckford
Versatiles (Junior Byles)
Action Line

Keeling was a young teenager when he recorded "Combination" for cousin producer and business woman Enid "Del" Barnett. "Combination" was a instant hit in 1968. 
B-Side is a talk over on the same riddim. 
By the way "Eric Barnett" is a misspelling of"'Enid Barnett",  misspelled and reinvented artist credits often occurred in the transfer of Jamaican music credits to English pressings.


Winston Jarrett (Righteous Flames)
Mini Mini Dress
Danny Clarke+Lee Perry
Not Taking Any Sentence

Winston Jarrett's "Mini Mini Dress" only got a very limited release on Jamaican Pre 7" and is almost impossible to be found on original press.


Inspirations (Hot Spurs)
Bhutto Girl (Hook Buttoo)
Ranny Williams+Hippy Boys
Ranny Bop Special
(Aka The Heart Of Ranny Bop)

One day Ranny Williams came back to Jamaica from a stay in England, and that night he got some free studio time starting at midnight at Dynamic Sounds studio. The Hippy Boys laid the original cut to Shocks of Mighty, which was written, arranged and produced by Ranny. The tape got stolen shortly thereafter; then some time later Bunny Lee gave Lee Perry the tape, magically. (read the whole story in David Katz's book "People Funny Boy") The original cut to 'Shocks" was versioned (overdubbed) for at least 14 releases between 1970 and 1972, and one of these was Bhutto Girl, released on an Impact! label 7" with, oddly, no matrix in the runout.


Lloyd Robinson+Devon Russell
Baby Let's Reggae Now
Vin Gordon+Hippy Boys
Tribute To A Great Man
(Aka Hot Pepper Aka Rise Up)

Two early reggae songs produced by the Hippy Boys guitarist Kenneth Jackson Jones. 
A-side was originally released in England on the Amalgamated label and in Jamaica on the Ken label. The instrumental side was recorded at Studio One, released in Jamaica on the Capital label and in the UK on Jackson's own Hot Shot label in 1970. 

We've never seen a labelled Jamaican copy of either side, so if anyone has a labelled copy, send us a label scan, would you please?


Frank Brown+Consumates
Do It Now
Frank Brown+Consumates
The More They Get

Two fine Rocksteady gems, both playing on the same riddim and laid down by Lynn Taitt + Jets, produced by Derrick Morgan.


Dawn Penn
When I'm Gonna Be Free
Derrick Morgan+Kenneth Rose
Tears On My Pillow

Two Rocksteady Hits from 1968. This was Dawn Penn's first recorded song. B-side is by Derrick Morgan and the Blues Blenders (Kenneth (Froggie), Bill and Jill). Dawn Penn recalls: "When I'm Gonna Be Free" was composed and recorded when I was having on-going stress with my dad on the subject of couldn't get permission to go out/ socialize. He was very strict and it was home, school and church. Thank God for those were the days. Bless"


Rajah Ruffin+Upsetters
Street Walking
Blood Relatives+Friends
Street Dancing

Great Black Ark/Upsetters song by Rajah Ruffin, produced by Lee Hamilton+Lee Perry. Original release was on the hard to find "General" Label. Dub side sounds like mixed at Jammys.


Clarendonians &
Aubrey Adams All Stars
I'll Never Try
Why Wipe The Smile From Your Face

After Peter Austin left Studio One he joined Blondel Calnek (Caltone Label) and worked for him as a inhouse producer. The Clarendonians recorded several songs with Calnek, two of them were released in Jamaica on the Shockin' label.

Peter Austin about Calnek: "All the songs I did on the Caltone label were recorded after i left Studio One, the very first was Bye Bye Bye, as most of my song depicted my problems and struggle through life, "I'll Never Try" was another of them. As I've said before B.K.Calnek (Caltone) was the best producer I've ever work with he was a most honest, and decent man. May his soul R.I.P.


Stranger Cole+Gladdy Anderson
Make Good
Stranger Cole+Gladdy Anderson

Originally released on a limited blank 7" release in Jamaica only through JJ Johnson. 
"Make Good" is is one of a few great early reggae songs produced by Stranger Cole.

Reggae Fever New Re-Releases Mai 2015


Blue Bells - Freedom Fighter
Blue Bells - Freedom Dub

With Sly Dunbar & Robbie Shakespeare on Drum & Bass, Ansel Collins on the organ, Bingie Bunny on Guitar and Sticky Thompson at the percussion.

Blue Bells - Live As One
Blue Bells - One Version
Out of the same session like >Freedom Fighter<, same personnel.


Peter Austin - Your Cheating Heart
Stud All Stars - Cheating Version

Peter Austin: "Your Cheating Heart" is a song I used to sing for one of my uncle when i was a little tot, listening to the good old gramophone (78rpm) and hearing this song sung by the great Nat King Cole. So this song was recorded for Byron Lyons a true friend of mine.


Clarendonians - Lion Head
Clarendonians - Lion Head Version

Recorded with Bobby Ellis Band at Channel One Studio. Peter Austin: "With regards to 'Lion Head', I had taken a break from music, because of the treatment i was or was not getting. 

I was now an aviation worker when one day i met Leroy Smith, a friend from way back and he asked me to record with him this song he wrote and it came out pretty good."


Ernest Wilson & Freddie McGregor
Take A Message To Mary
Michael Martin & Hippy Boys
Spy 13

12 or 13 year old Freddie McGregor ! Recorded 1968 at Dynamic Sounds Recording Studio. Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies.


Clarendonians How Sweet It Is
Michael Martin & Hippy BoysDrum Beat Special

The Clarendonians aka Leonard Wilson (Lead Singer) and Ernest Wilson (Backing Vocals). Musicians: The Hippy Boys Band. Recorded 1968 at the Jamaica Recording and Publishing Studio (Studio 1). Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Produced by Kenneth Wilson and Evelyn Carty.


Clarendonians Early
In The Morning
Sir Harry
Musical Broom

Peter Austin recalls: "It was early in the morning, when Ernest Wilson and myself met at Randy's Recording Studio, along with his brother Kenneth Wilson. The Hippy Boys Band was actually the studio band and they were there and out of nowhere came the inspiration and i wrote this song 'Early in the morning'. Its one of my favorite songs." 

Recorded 1971 at Randy's Recording Studio 17, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. 
Produced by Kenneth Wilson. Musicians: The Hippy Boys Band. 
Kenneth Wilson Remembers: "Some years ago, Sir Harry came to me and said, listen Drum-Beat, I would like you and I to produce a tune. But him didn't have any rhythm track. So I took him to Randy's Recording Studio and used my rhythm track "Early In The Morning" and record "Musical Broom" with him."


Sir Harry - Apples To Apples
Sir Harry - Ambitious Man

Kenneth "Drum-Beat" Wilson recalls: "Apples to Apples' by Sir Harry and The Clarendonians was released by Trojan Records without my permission.

It went to No. 1 on the UK charts in 1971/72"


Peter Austin
Lonely Nights 
Peter Austin
Lonely Nights Version

Peter Austin remembers: 
"This one was produced by a friend of mine from youth days name Jackson Jones. 
He is a musician, Guitarist and a member of the Hippy Boys Band. 
He played on most of my recordings in the 60's and 70's and also sings with Mr. Lonely. 
'Lonely Nights' in my opinion is one of my better songs, because at the moment i was having domestic problems with my sweetheart Hortense Lewis, my girlfriend of about four years so there is a lot of feelings in this song."   
Vocal Is Mono, Version Is Split Stereo


Tony King & Ranny Williams
Hog In A Me Minty
Ranny Williams & Hippy Boys
The Clean Hog

A song about raw sex between man and woman, recorded at Dynamics Studio. 

This song shows Ranny 'Bop' Williams songwriting skills.... 
With Carly Barrett, Familyman, Theo Beckford...


Winston Shan & Hippy Boys
Throw Me Corn
Ranny Williams & Hippy Boys
Savage Colt

Produced by Ranny 'Bop' Williams, with Jackson Jones, Theo Beckford, 
Carly Barrett and Familyman, recorded at Randy's Studio. 
Glen Adams plays organ on "Savage Colt"
Around 1968/69 Ranny Williams was one of Duke Reid's main musical arrangers.  
Duke Reid took exception to the fact that Ranny was dividing his time by arranging music for other producers, and at other studios.  With that, Ranny Bop decided not to give "Throw Me Corn" to Duke Reid but brought it to Harry Robinson instead to distribute on his Carib Dis-Co label. How the song ended on Pama's Bullet Label, is a different story...   Given the meaning of the expression, "throw me corn," it seems fitting that Ranny Bop decided not to "pick it up already," and stayed faithful to his broader career potential in the music industry.