A: Black Uhuru – Rent Man / Jah Grundy – Resident Area

B: Joe Gibbs & The Professionals – Eviction


Releasing their very first tune as early as 1972, Black Uhuru’s road to stardom was a rather bumpy one.  Yet, in the second half of the seventies all the signs that the group would make it big were there. After Garth Dennis had left to join the Wailing Souls and Don Carlos had left the group as well, Derek ‘Duckie’ Simpson drafted Errol Nelson and Michael Rose, who was already successful as a solo singer, and recorded the classic ‘Love crisis’ album in 1977.  After that, things went crescendo, with songs like ‘Guess who’s coming to diner’ (a remake of Rose’s earlier cut for Niney), ‘General Penitentiary‘ and ofcourse Rent Man.

The latter the group recorded at Joe Gibbs for Dennis Brown, who released it on 7″ and 12″ on his D.E.B label, while Gibbs also issued it on a 12″. He had it pressed in the United States and also distributed it from his Florida offices. Although Errol Nelson had already left Black Uhuru by then to join the Jays, I don’t hear his successor on Rent Man. If my ears don’t fail me, that is, but I’d say it’s Duckie and Dennis Brown on backing vocal here. Maybe Puma Jones wasn’t around at the time of recording? It seems plausible since she was from the US and had only just become a member.

Joe Gibbs and Dennis Brown had a few deejays riding the heavy, snaredrum accentuated Rent Man riddim. Ranking Joe rode it on his ‘Round the world‘ album, also called Rentman but dubbed Rent Man Style on the Blood & Fire re-release. It was also given to Jah Thomas, who’s cut was included but uncredited on the D.E.B. 12″. Jah Grundy also recorded Resident Area on the riddim, making it the second tune, of the 8 he recorded in total for Joe Gibbs, to be released. The other six remain shelved.


Label: Joe Gibbs Music (USA)
Release date: 1979
Riddim: original
Matrix: JGMD 8054

Posted: 16-05-2016


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