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.

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