KENNETH POWER – I AND I A GO WHIP THEM

KENNETH POWER – I AND I A GO WHIP THEM

    A: Eddy Ford - Whip them Jah-Jah B: Kenneth Power - I and I a-go whip them   As written in the Eddy Ford piece from a few years earlier, two further Joe Gibbs recorded cuts based on the old mentosong 'Dip them Bedward" exist. When you rinse the two cuts featured here,...

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JOHNNY LOVER & CHARLIE ACE – ECHO / HEADCUP

JOHNNY LOVER & CHARLIE ACE – ECHO / HEADCUP

    A: Johnny Lover - Echo B: 3rd & 4th Generation - More Echo   Funny, how your mind can play tricks on you. For instance, if you play this tune on the Clocktower release, entitled 'Headcup', you're bound to hear Johnny Lover introduce it as such. Yet, when you play...

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PEPPERLITES – HIJACKED / LIFE IS DOWN IN DENVER

PEPPERLITES – HIJACKED / LIFE IS DOWN IN DENVER

  A: Pepperlites - Hijacked B: Joe Gibbs Allstars - Life is down in Denver   'Mayday, mayday, Cuba do you read me, this is flight 727, we have been hijacked..' Thus goes the introduction of one of the foundation tunes that got me hooked on Joe Gibbs' productions. It took me more...

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DESTROYERS – NEVADA JOE / STRAIGHT TO THE HEAD

DESTROYERS – NEVADA JOE / STRAIGHT TO THE HEAD

A: Joe Gibbs & The Destroyers - Navado Joe B: Joe Gibbs & The Destroyers - Straight to the head   Two superb boss reggae sides from the Joe Gibbs camp, featuring Johnnie Lover on vocals. Both utilizing the 'Mad Rooster' riddim, Little Johnny Jones plays the western rude boy in fine...

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NICKY THOMAS – LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE

NICKY THOMAS – LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE

A: Cecil Thomas - Love of the common people B: Joe Gibbs & The Destroyers - Freelancer / Compass   'Love of the common people' was the first major hit for both Joe Gibbs and Nicky Thomas. It topped the charts not only in Jamaica and the United Kingdom,  the usual suspects, but also...

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SLIM SMITH & NINEY – HONEY, NO MONEY

SLIM SMITH & NINEY – HONEY, NO MONEY

A: Niney & The Destroyers - Honey, no money B: The Inspirations - Message to my girl   The funky Destroyer in a combination with the soulful rocksteady superstar. Riding Lloyd 'Gitsy" Willis' 'Mad Rooster' riddim, 'Honey, no money' is probably Slim Smith's least known tune. That's probably...

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NICKY THOMAS – TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME

NICKY THOMAS – TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME

A: Nicky Thomas - Turn back the hands of time B: Nicky Thomas - Let it be   In 1968 the artist formerly known as Tyrone the Wonder Boy signed a deal with the newly set up Dakar label that operated out of Chicago. It turned out a good move for the label, as Wonder Boy took on his producer's...

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THE VERSATILES / LOVE GENERATION – WARRICKA HILL

THE VERSATILES / LOVE GENERATION – WARRICKA HILL

A: The Love Generation - Warricka Hill   B: 3rd & 4th Generation - Battlefield   After forming in 1967 the Versatiles joined Joe Gibbs’ Amalgamated roster of artists and released a single called ‘Just can’t win’, which was only the third release by the fresh new label....

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STRANGER COLE – WOMAN A HEAVY LOAD

STRANGER COLE – WOMAN A HEAVY LOAD

A: Stranger Cole - (Woman a) Heavy Load B: Pressure Beat - Heavy   Stranger Cole has got soul. He's proven that over and over again in the rocksteady era, with grand tunes such as the immaculate 'Pretty Cottage'. But I didn't know that Mister Soul Cole is also a funky cat. Evidence...

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DENNIS ALCAPONE & NINEY – YOU MUST BELIEVE

DENNIS ALCAPONE & NINEY – YOU MUST BELIEVE

A: Dennis Alcapone & Niney - You must believe me B: The Destroyers / The Observers - You must believe me version   Without the Impressions, I often wonder, would reggae have sounded the same as it does today? It's without doubt that the Chigaco soul outfit has had a huge influence...

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