A: Barry Brown – Them a fight

B: Joe Gibbs & The Professionals – Fight Back


The late, great Jamaican Bob Dylan rides the Boxing riddim to full effect. Oswald Palmer – engineer and producer of the riddim – made all the great artists of the pre-dancehall era ride it, including Barry Brown. From 1979 onwards Brown ruled the scene with a serious amount of hits for Bunny Lee, Lloyd Daley and Linval Thompson, among others, and ‘Them a Fight” was another one.  No wonder, because it is a truly powerful piece of music. Brown’s raw and boastful delivery of the strong lyrics – them a fight, but them cannot fight the love in my heart. I’m trodding to righteousness. I’m trodding to constructiveness – are simply a match made in heaven.

Barry Brown’s star kept rising until about 1984, after which the new generation took over, but he always remained popular. Due to health problems and substance abuse, he died in 2004 when he was only in his early forties. Reggae Vibes posted a nice in memoriam about him in which you can read more about Brown’s life and career.

Check the ‘See also’ box below to find more info on the Boxing riddim.


Label: Crazy Joe (Ja) / Joe Gibbs Ultra Sound (Ja)
Release date: 1981
Riddim: Boxing
Matrix: JGM 4156 / JGM 6843

Posted: 19-03-2016


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