delroy jones by 7

A: Ethiopians – Jump up action

B: Delroy Jones – By 7


The B-side of the great Ethiopians’ ‘Jump up Action’ track features the obscure Delroy Jones, also known as Crutches. I can’t find much about the man on the internet, but from what I know, it is most likely this deejay came to the Joe Gibbs studio through Errol Thompson. The latter was still working for the Randy’s and Impact labels in 1972 (and occasionally mixing tunes for Joe Gibbs), for which he recorded the Delroy Jones track the dj is still best known for: a great, laidback cut on My Guiding Star. Errol also recorded Crutches for his own Errol T imprint, which lead to this great cut on the “red bump ball” riddim.

Delroy Jones was the dj for the legendary Arrows Hi-Fi soundsystem, the first sound to ever tour Europe and the United States with their full system, which they dragged along stuffed in a container on a trailer. Although still going strong (40 years already!) Delroy is no longer part of Arrows, but be sure to check out their website for there’s a real nice piece of Delroy “live in action” on there.

Which sounds exactly like the thing he does on “By 7.” Riding the stripped down riddim in a Dennis Alcapone mould, adding a bit of his own by cool but short soul/gospel interjections, this makes for a real nice collectors gem.

Label: Pressure Beat (ja)
Matrix: 7FG- 8071-B  FRM
Release date: 1972
Riddim: Pomp & Pride – Maytals

(originally posted on 06-12-10)



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