JULLIAN – THE GARDENER

JULLIAN  – THE GARDENER

A: Jullian / Unforgettables - The Gardener B: 3rd & 4th Generation - Version   The link between the Memphis based Stax label and the Kingston studio's has always been tight. Inhouse band Booker T and the MG's and the label's fine catalogue of southern soul singers were very influential...

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MR X & SWEETIE – WHITE LIVER MABEL

MR X & SWEETIE – WHITE LIVER MABEL

A: Mr X & Sweetie - White Liver Mabel B: Winston Wright - & Larry McDonald - Reuben   Although slackness became a big thing in the 80's dancehall scene, rude tunes have always been around in reggae. The pace and beat are certainly not the only ingredients the originators took...

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AUBREY ADAMS – CHERRY ISLAND / WINSTON WRIGHT – PEACE AND LOVE

AUBREY ADAMS – CHERRY ISLAND / WINSTON WRIGHT – PEACE AND LOVE

A: Aubrey Adams - Cherry Island B: Winston Wright - Peace and love   According to the great "Reggae going International" book (Noel Hawks & Jah Floyd, 2012) producer Bunny Lee was quick to record the soon to become festival song winner of 1971. A smart move, because Eric Donaldson's...

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HEPTONES – HYPOCRITE

HEPTONES – HYPOCRITE

A: The Heptones - Hypocrite The Heptones - Hypocrite - False start version B: Johnnie Lover - Straight to the head   One of the first things Lee Perry did, after leaving Studio One to become the engineer for Joe Gibbs, was record a song on which he attacked his former employer ("I am the Upsetter",...

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CAT CAMPBELL – MUSICAL CHASTISEMENT

CAT CAMPBELL – MUSICAL CHASTISEMENT

A: Cat Campbell - Musical Chastisement (?) B: 3rd & 4th Generation band (?) - version   Now here's a chastisement you don't get everyday. For starters because it's quite rare and it was never issued as a regular release. I'm not sure how many of these puppies were pressed, but there...

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LIZZY & NICKY THOMAS – MUSICAL EXCURSION

LIZZY & NICKY THOMAS – MUSICAL EXCURSION

A: The Inspirations - Take a message to my girl B: Lizzy & Nicky Thomas - Musical Excursion   A musical excursion by Jammy's soundsystem dj Lizzy and prolific Gibbs recording artist Nicky Thomas. Here they ride the classic "Rainy night in Georgia" song which was penned by swamp rocker Tony...

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THE INSPIRATIONS – TAKE A MESSAGE TO MY GIRL

THE INSPIRATIONS – TAKE A MESSAGE TO MY GIRL

A: The Inspirations - Take a message to my girl B: Lizzy & Nicky Thomas - Musical Excursion   'Take a message' is a nice and interesting little song. Released on the Jogib label and sung by Billy Dyce & Jimmy London (aka The Inspirations & The Untouchables) this track is harbouring...

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NICKY THOMAS – DON’T TOUCH ME / COMMON PEOPLE REGGAE

NICKY THOMAS – DON’T TOUCH ME  / COMMON PEOPLE REGGAE

A: Nicky Thomas - Don't touch me B: Jogibs - Common people reggae   Although Joe Gibbs was more of a hitmaker than a careermaker, several singers surely did benefit from a lengthy relationship with the producer. Dennis Brown and Cecil 'Nicky' Thomas certainly did, as both artists managed...

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SOULMATES – THEM A LAUGH AN A KI KI

SOULMATES – THEM A LAUGH AN A KI KI

A: Soulmates - Dem a laugh an-a-ki-ki   Apart from being a real top notch stomper, 'Dem a laugh" is also another chapter in the Soulmates/Hippy Boys/Pioneers series. Credited to the Soulmates on the UK release (Amalgamated/Trojan) and to the Pioneers on its Jamaican counterpart (Amalgamated...

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STRANGER COLE & GLADDY – JUST LIKE A RIVER

STRANGER COLE & GLADDY – JUST LIKE A RIVER

A: Stranger Cole & Gladdy - Just like a river Pioneers - Dem a laugh   Treasure Isle's hitmaker Stranger Cole was one the first artists to record for the newly emerged producer called Joe Gibbs back in 1968. I reckon hauling in the prolific singer was quite a big and important add to the recording...

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