DENNIS BROWN – MONEY IN MY POCKET

A: Dennis Brown – Money in my pocket / Prince Mohammed – Cool runnings

B: Joe Gibbs & The Professionals – Runnings irie

 

What better way to start off with a twelve inch section then by adding one the biggest sellers ever. Both for Joe Gibbs as well as reggae music in general. Dennis Brown’s update of his 1972 hit proved so popular that the pressing plant couldn’t keep up with the demand; after the first press was sold out, ‘Money in my pocket’ was unavailable in Jamaica for a while. Quite an achievement for a man who had been having hits on the island all through the decade.

‘Money in my pocket’ was not released as a 7 inch in Jamaica, but Joe Gibbs did broker a deal with Lightning Records in Europe, who released it on both 7 inch and 12 inch. Through them, Atlantic Records also picked up the song and released it on 7″. ‘Money’ was the first international hit for Dennis Brown, who was smart enough to co-produce the song, giving Joe Gibbs the freedom to use the riddim – played by Lloyd Parks’ We The People band –  for next cuts. The 12″ segues into one of Prince Mohammed’s finest cuts with ‘Cool Runnings’, while the flip takes things sonically into outer space.

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Label: Joe Gibbs Record Globe (Ja) / Lightning (UK) / Atlantic (Usa)
Release date: 1978
Riddim: original
Matrix: DSR 6483 / 6484

Posted: 28-12-2015

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