FANTELS – HOOLIGAN

FANTELS – HOOLIGAN

A: The Fantels - Hooligan B: Mighty Two - Far Land   Some gwaan like hooligan, some act like maffia and some follow their path as a musician. In the case of Hal Anthony Lewinson this choice must not have been a hard one to make. Born into a musical family; Jimmy Cliff is his cousin...

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HORACE ANDY – SLAVE DRIVE

HORACE ANDY – SLAVE DRIVE

A: Horace Andy - Slave Drive B: The Mighty Two - Slave master   Now here's something you don't see every day. Although Horace Andy did record in the Gibbs' studio every now and then, not much of the result ended up on any of the studio's imprints. The great foundation singer's releases...

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GLEN WASHINGTON – ROCKERS NU CRACKERS

GLEN WASHINGTON – ROCKERS NU CRACKERS

A: Glen Washington - Rockers "nu" crackers B: Mighty Two - Rockers version   "Persistent" and "independent" are two words that come to mind when thinking about Glen Washington. Although blessed with a beautiful raspy and soulful voice, Glen decided to focus on his drumming career, rather...

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PRINCE FAR I – TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL HOLDING

PRINCE FAR I – TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL HOLDING

A: Prince For I - Tribute to Michael Holding B: Mighty Two - Heavy bowling   Although he had been recording for quite some years before that, Prince Far I's career really skyrocketed when he joined the Gibbs camp in 1976. Perhaps this was due to the hitmaking riddims the succesful producer...

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SAMMY DREAD – MY PRINCESS

SAMMY DREAD – MY PRINCESS

A: Sammy Dread - My princess B: Joe Gibbs & the Professionals - Princess in dub   Sammy Dread, born Stewart Farquharson, was one of the bigger stars of the early dancehall days. With hits such as "Roadblock", "Rude Boy" and the Joe Gibbs produced "Dreadlocks Girl" Sammy soon established...

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MORWELL UNLIMITED – FIDEL CASTRO

MORWELL UNLIMITED – FIDEL CASTRO

A: Morwell Unlimited - Fidel Castro B: The Professionals - Fidel version Maurice Wellington, better known as Blacka Morwell, will probably be best remembered for his work with the group the Morwells / Morwell Unlimited, but there is far more to the man than meets the eye. Although Errol Thompson,...

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DELROY JONES – MUSICAL HOP

DELROY JONES – MUSICAL HOP

A: Delroy Jones - Musical hop B: Earl Lindo - More ball   Soon after posting the Delroy "Crutches" Jones track "By 7" on this blog, I found myself a copy of this great tune on the Errol T imprint. As mentioned in that same post, Musical Hop features Crutches riding the great Red Bum Ball...

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MIKEY DREAD – FRIEND AND MONEY

MIKEY DREAD – FRIEND AND MONEY

A: Michael Campbell - Friend & Money B: Professionals - Bubbler in money   Although he did record quite a few tracks in the Joe Gibbs studio, Michael Campbell, (1952 - 2008) better known as Mikey Dread, did not release much of his tracks through any of Joe's imprints. "Friend and money"...

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MILTON HAMILTON – LONG LONG ROAD

MILTON HAMILTON – LONG LONG ROAD

A: Milton Hamilton - Long long Road B: Mighty Two - Longest dub Milton Hamilton used to be a member of the Classics, alongside Denzil Dennis. The group was based in the UK and recorded for both Laurel Aitken and Lee Perry (a version of "Cherry Oh Baby" called "Cheerio Baby" for the latter,...

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BOBBY MELODY – LET IT BE

BOBBY MELODY – LET IT BE

A: Bobby Melody : Let it be B: Mighty Two : version   Bobby Melody is something of a roots reggae hero. Though not as prolific as you might expect from a roots reggae hero, his tunes (almost) never failed to make an impression. Apart from releasing a few classics under his own name,...

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