SYLFORD WALKER – JAH GOLDEN PEN

SYLFORD WALKER – JAH GOLDEN PEN

A: Silford Walker - Jah golden pen B: Mighty Two - Golden dub   After running away from home at a young age, Sylford Walker grew up in the tough Kingston 5 area. He filled his days with smoking a little herb, selling wood roots (health juices), running a restaurant and singing. After...

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DHAIMA & DENNIS BROWN – A TRUE

DHAIMA & DENNIS BROWN – A TRUE

A: Dennis Brown & Dhaima - A true   B: Joe Gibbs & The Professionals - Nu true   Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee in 1949, Sandra Matthews started her singing career in 1962, at the tender age of 12, with an R&B group called The Buttons, which further consisted...

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DENNIS BROWN – PRETEND

DENNIS BROWN – PRETEND

A: Dennis Brown - Pretend B: Joe Gibbs & Professionals - Botswana Skank   When Ralph Marterie sat his orchestra down in the studio in 1953 to record a song called 'Pretend', I am pretty sure he knew what he was aiming for. Being the leader of an orchestra who were the first to cover...

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DENNIS BROWN – MONEY IN MY POCKET

DENNIS BROWN – MONEY IN MY POCKET

A: Dennis Brown - Money in my pocket B: Joe Gibbs & The Professionals - Money love   After having recorded some thirty songs for Coxsone Dodd's Studio One imprint, laying down a solid foundation to build upon, Dennis Brown, still a kid with only 12 or 13 years to his name, went...

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HEPTONES – BE THE ONE

HEPTONES – BE THE ONE

A: Heptones - Be the one B: Joe Gibbs & The Professionals - The road is rough   I've already stated my sentiment elsewhere that the almighty Heptones recorded their best material right after leaving Studio One. No longer tied to a studio or a producer the gifted threesome were free...

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JAH WALTON – GOURMANDIZER

JAH WALTON – GOURMANDIZER

A: Jah Walton - Gourmandizer B: Mighty Two - Mandizer Rock   I once saw some raw footage of a, sadly unfinished, documentary about life in Jamaica. The snippet showed an elderly, proud rastaman who declared that it's nearly impossible to die of starvation on the island. The country...

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PROFESSIONALS – STONEWALL JACKSON

PROFESSIONALS – STONEWALL JACKSON

A: Joe Gibbs & The Professionals - Stonewall Jackson B: Joe Gibbs & The Professionals - version   Another great Professionals instrumental and another one that was only released on 7inch. Just like 'Black September,' 'Stonewall Jackson' wasn't (originally) included on the State...

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PROFESSIONALS – BLACK SEPTEMBER

PROFESSIONALS – BLACK SEPTEMBER

A : Joe Gibbs & the Professionals - Black september B: Mighty Two - version   I'm not sure if it was done on purpose, but almost all Professionals 7inches I've come across seem to have been released with re-used labels. Overdubs, if you will (pun intended). I'm also not sure how big the market...

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DENNIS ALCAPONE – HAVE FAITH

DENNIS ALCAPONE – HAVE FAITH

A: Dennis Alcapone - Have faith B: Joe Gibbs & the Professionals - Faith version   I haven't got much to add to what I've already written about 'Have faith' in the Prince William post, so I'm just gonna state my love for this track once more. In my humble opinion, this is one of the best,...

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PRINCE ALLAH – NAW GO A THEM BURIAL

PRINCE ALLAH – NAW GO A THEM BURIAL

A: Prince Ala (sic) - Naw go a them burial B: Joe Gibbs & the professionals - Six foot six   According to this very nice interview (conducted by Angus Taylor) it was none other than Prince Allah who turned Joe Gibbs to producing. Prince Allah, born as Keith Blake,  formed a group...

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