BLACK SKIN – THEY NEVER LOVE

black skin the prophet they never love

A: Black Skin – They never love

B: The Professionals – No love

 

Black Skin’s “They never love” is a funny anthem. Riding a dreader than dread riddim and sounding like a dread anthem too, this song actually tells a tale about a love gone wrong. Terribly wrong, if you trust the outspoken lyrics. Obviously made by a man with a broken heart and delivered in fine style, Black Skin recorded two versions of his heartache. The first cut,  featuring the Barrett brothers on riddim duties, was released on the man’s own label -called Black Skin the Prophet-  and credited to the I Stings. The cut featured here is the second one and rides a more jumpy, uptempo riddim. The Belmont cut credits a certain W. Reece, wheras the Black Skin the Prophet cut credits a C. Reece. Perhaps they’re related or maybe it’s a typo. I can’t find much further info on Black Prophet, except that he also recorded the classic “Red Blood” for Prince Far I’s Cry Tuff label.

Thanks to The Voice of Reason for pointing me towards the first (and better) cut.

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Label: Belmont
Matrix: DSR 4513 A / 4621 B
Release date: 1975
Riddim: original

(originally posted on 02-01-08)

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1 Comment on BLACK SKIN – THEY NEVER LOVE

  • pressurebeat says:
    19 October 2014 at 16:54

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    the_voice_of_reason said…

    The first cut of this was cut by Sonny “Black Skin” Washington as I Skins on the Black Skin label (CR 2345) in 1974-75 arranged by Family Man and backed by the Wailers. No idea who “C. Reece and L.Tibby” were – suspect they put up the money for the recording/pressing. The Joe Gibbs cut was his second take on the tune, which was also a hit for Prince Alla.

    Incidentally, the Family Man rhythm was also used for a singjay tune by I. Stings tune called “Jah Jah Children Lives”. You can find it on YouTube.
    9/27/2011

    the_voice_of_reason said…

    The I.Stings cut is the older one, from 1974-75 with the Wailers as backing musicians. There is a suggestion that Blackskin aka Sonny Washington may have been born “Washington Reece” – whether he’s the same man as I. Stings isn’t 100% certain, but it’s hardly unlikely given the vocal similarities.
    10/04/2011

    PressureBeat said…

    We were indeed talking about the same take of the I Skins. Didn’t know the Gibbs’ cut was the second take, but that makes sense.

    And yes, as ever: the Prince Allah take is my fave. It’s strong.

    The dj cut you’re referring to is indeed available on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2EDowyOHxk
    Thanks again!
    10/06/2011

    Lloyd Miller said…

    the I Stings were the Stingers of Give Me Power/Forward Up and various tracks for Studio 1 fame – would love to hear it if you happen to have one lying about (“,)
    11/20/2012

    Anonymous said…

    Black Skin the Prophet which was a jamaican label I am pretty sure
    2/23/2013

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