carlton gibbs - ghost walk

A: Carlton Gibbs – Ghost walk

B: Joe Gibbs Allstars – Joystick


Now this one took me long enough to figure out! As you can see in the picture above, my copy of this song is a Pressure Beat pre-release with no information on it whatsoever. The fact that the previous owner marked it as being a U Roy song (which I never believed to be true) didn’t help much either. Despite extensive googling, reading and inquiring (I mailed it to several people for identification) all effort was without result and although it’s a pre-release, the thought that it might never have been released was just plain absurd. The song is way too good for that. Finally, when I was just about to give up, I found my answer: The song was indeed released, in 1970 on Amalgamated in the UK and on Pressure Beat in Jamaica. Phew…

As for the song itself: it’s an absolute killer. Riding the Joe Gibbs Allstars’ “Ghost Capturer” riddim, which is a Joe Gibbs cut of Bob Marley’s “Duppy Conquerer” smash, Carlton Gibbs/Caly Gibbs takes no prisoners. Presenting himself in the best Count Machuki style of deejaying, he makes sure no one is idling on the dancefloor. “Now if you are a conquerer, I’m a capturer. So when I’m around don’t try to conquer, or I will capture you..” That’s right: boss reggae!

Label: Pressure Beat (Ja) / Amalgamated (Uk)
Matrix: DYNA JG 2508
Release date: 1970
Riddim: Duppy conquerer (Bob Marley & the Wailers)

(originally posted on 02-01-08)


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