I ROY – TRUST NO SHADOW AFTER DARK

iroy trust no shadow after dark

A: I Roy – Trust no shadow after dark

B: Mighty Two – Banana Stark

 

The late, great I Roy will forever be remembered for his phenomenal work for producers like Gussie Clarke, Lee Perry and Bunny Lee. Or his association with the Channel One studio. Or his famous feuds with Prince Jazzbo, which were recorded and released in a series of very entertaining records. Or maybe even for the tragic end of his life: when I Roy left this world he was suffering from ill health, was homeless and had just found out his son was killed in prison.

Being the legend he was, all material recorded by the man is definitely worth checking out, but in all fairness: his greatest work was captured by other producers and he won’t be remembered for his output for Joe Gibbs. I Roy didn’t record much for Joe to begin with, a few good tunes here and there and an album produced by Bunny Lee in 1979 (which is pretty good, Johnny Clarke sings the melody parts) and that’s it. That said, this recording from 1975 is quite a gem. I Roy sounds upbeat and seems well at home riding the awkward stepping riddim, which updates the Meditations’ “Woman is like a shadow.” Laughing, growling and toasting his way through the track, this makes for one of the finer obscure I Roy records out there. It’s one of those overlooked recordings that turn out a catch when you find it and makes you wonder why it isn’t featured on more compilations out there. In the case of I Roy the answer to that question might be because his back-catalogue of hits is just too large and this isn’t one of them. Don’t let that bother you, though. It makes it all the more worthwhile to track this 7 inch down.

 

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Label: Heavy Duty (ja)
Matrix: DSR – 2763 A / DSR 2764-B
Release date: 1975
Riddim: Woman is like a shadow (The Meditations)

(originally posted on 29-01-11)

1 Comment on I ROY – TRUST NO SHADOW AFTER DARK

  • pressurebeat says:
    7 November 2014 at 12:26

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    1 comment:

    Eric Casey said…

    The riddim is used on Lee Perry’s “Working Man”…. Awesome ROOTS

    2/11/2014

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