KENNETH POWER – YOU WRONG FI TROUBLE JOSHUA / ROW WE HOME

KENNETH POWER – YOU WRONG FI TROUBLE JOSHUA / ROW WE HOME

    A: Kenneth Power - You wrong fe trouble Joshua B: Kenneth Power - Michael row we home   Two more political tunes that were released by Joe Gibbs in the run up to the 1972 election under the Kenneth Power monniker.  Carey Johnson is certainly present again, his high...

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KENNETH POWER – I AND I A GO WHIP THEM

KENNETH POWER – I AND I A GO WHIP THEM

    A: Eddy Ford - Whip them Jah-Jah B: Kenneth Power - I and I a-go whip them   As written in the Eddy Ford piece from a few years earlier, two further Joe Gibbs recorded cuts based on the old mentosong 'Dip them Bedward" exist. When you rinse the two cuts featured here,...

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BIG JOE – AMERICAN PUM PUM + UNKNOWN ARTIST

BIG JOE – AMERICAN PUM PUM + UNKNOWN ARTIST

    A: Big Joe / Senators - American Pum pum B: Unknown - unknown   Two further tracks from the Errol T/Randy's camp, on which fun is had on top of the 'Bum Ball' riddim. On one side Brother Winston gives Bredda T some advice on how to score American Pum Pum, although...

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JOHNNY LOVER & CHARLIE ACE – ECHO / HEADCUP

JOHNNY LOVER & CHARLIE ACE – ECHO / HEADCUP

    A: Johnny Lover - Echo B: 3rd & 4th Generation - More Echo   Funny, how your mind can play tricks on you. For instance, if you play this tune on the Clocktower release, entitled 'Headcup', you're bound to hear Johnny Lover introduce it as such. Yet, when you play...

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CHARLIE ACE & JOHNNY LOVER – RIDE ON JOHNNY

CHARLIE ACE & JOHNNY LOVER – RIDE ON JOHNNY

  A: Charlie Ace & Johnny Lover - Ride on Johnny B: version   Charlie Ace and Johnny Lover are often mixed up. So much so, that even Joe Gibbs couldn't tell them apart, as proven by the credit to Johnnie Lover on 'Straight to the head/Two edged sword', which actually featured...

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PEPPERLITES – HIJACKED / LIFE IS DOWN IN DENVER

PEPPERLITES – HIJACKED / LIFE IS DOWN IN DENVER

  A: Pepperlites - Hijacked B: Joe Gibbs Allstars - Life is down in Denver   'Mayday, mayday, Cuba do you read me, this is flight 727, we have been hijacked..' Thus goes the introduction of one of the foundation tunes that got me hooked on Joe Gibbs' productions. It took me more...

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REGGAE BOYS – DOLLY HOUSE ON FIRE / REGGAE TRAIN

REGGAE BOYS – DOLLY HOUSE ON FIRE / REGGAE TRAIN

  A: Reggae Boys - Dolly House on fire B: Reggae Boys - Reggae Train   The Reggae Boys must be the most overlooked band in the history of early reggae. 99 out of a 100 times they are simply credited as 'a.k.a. the Pioneers' but most of the time this is not the case. Because The Reggae...

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SIR LORD COMIC – DOCTOR FEELGOOD

SIR LORD COMIC – DOCTOR FEELGOOD

A: Sir Lord Comic - Doctor Feelgood B: Reggae Boys - Reggae Train   Sir Lord Comic jivetalks Nicky Thomas' 'Don't touch me' to great heights in his own distinguished style. I haven't a clue what he's on about in the spoken intro - "hey Georgie, take this advice of a closet full a clothes,...

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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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JAH GRUNDY – SHAOLIN DISCIPLES

JAH GRUNDY – SHAOLIN DISCIPLES

A: Jah Grundy - Shaolin Disciples B: Joe Gibbs & The Proffesionals - Kick to yu chin   Jah Grundy rides the Professionals' update of the Techniques' rocksteady anthem 'Love is not a gamble' in fine style. Using the kung-fu theme - popular through the flood of martial arts movies...

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DESTROYERS – NEVADA JOE / STRAIGHT TO THE HEAD

DESTROYERS – NEVADA JOE / STRAIGHT TO THE HEAD

A: Joe Gibbs & The Destroyers - Navado Joe B: Joe Gibbs & The Destroyers - Straight to the head   Two superb boss reggae sides from the Joe Gibbs camp, featuring Johnnie Lover on vocals. Both utilizing the 'Mad Rooster' riddim, Little Johnny Jones plays the western rude boy in fine...

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NICKY THOMAS – LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE

NICKY THOMAS – LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE

A: Cecil Thomas - Love of the common people B: Joe Gibbs & The Destroyers - Freelancer / Compass   'Love of the common people' was the first major hit for both Joe Gibbs and Nicky Thomas. It topped the charts not only in Jamaica and the United Kingdom,  the usual suspects, but also...

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SLIM SMITH & NINEY – HONEY, NO MONEY

SLIM SMITH & NINEY – HONEY, NO MONEY

A: Niney & The Destroyers - Honey, no money B: The Inspirations - Message to my girl   The funky Destroyer in a combination with the soulful rocksteady superstar. Riding Lloyd 'Gitsy" Willis' 'Mad Rooster' riddim, 'Honey, no money' is probably Slim Smith's least known tune. That's probably...

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BARRY BROWN – THEM A FIGHT

BARRY BROWN – THEM A FIGHT

A: Barry Brown - Them a fight B: Joe Gibbs & The Professionals - Fight Back   The late, great Jamaican Bob Dylan rides the Boxing riddim to full effect. Oswald Palmer - engineer and producer of the riddim - managed that have all the great artists of the pre-dancehall era ride it, including...

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ETHIOPIANS – BAND YOUR BELLY

ETHIOPIANS – BAND YOUR BELLY

A: Ethiopians - Band your belly B: Mighty Two - Belly solution   Like many others who had their ear to the street, Leonard Dillon foresaw the troubles the 1976 elections would bring. With the US increasing their involvement on the island's political course through the CIA, Jamaica experienced...

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NICKY THOMAS – TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME

NICKY THOMAS – TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME

A: Nicky Thomas - Turn back the hands of time B: Nicky Thomas - Let it be   In 1968 the artist formerly known as Tyrone the Wonder Boy signed a deal with the newly set up Dakar label that operated out of Chicago. It turned out a good move for the label, as Wonder Boy took on his producer's...

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SIR LORD COMIC – JACK OF MY TRADE (THE WHIP)

SIR LORD COMIC – JACK OF MY TRADE (THE WHIP)

A: Slickers - Man beware B: Sir Lord Comic - Jack of my trade (The Whip)   Lee Perry and Keith Hudson are often cited as the pioneers when it comes to recording deejays on wax, and indeed they were onto the phenomenon early in the game and had the audacity to release these tunes as singles...

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THE SLICKERS – MAN BEWARE

THE SLICKERS – MAN BEWARE

A: Slickers - Man beware B: Sir Lord Comic - Jack of my trade   The story of the Slickers will forever be intertwined with that The Pioneers. For starters because their first song, Nana, was actually recorded by the Pioneers. As Pioneer Jackie Robinson states in this Pressure Beat interview:...

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JACKIE BROWN – LOVE AND AFFECTION

JACKIE BROWN – LOVE AND AFFECTION

A: Jackie Brown - Love and affection   B: Joe Gibbs & The Professionals - Affectionately   His father used to summon his kids to the dinner table by playing a song on his trumpet, his uncle played the tenor sax and his cousin was a locally famous percussionist. Then there...

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THE VERSATILES / LOVE GENERATION – WARRICKA HILL

THE VERSATILES / LOVE GENERATION – WARRICKA HILL

A: The Love Generation - Warricka Hill   B: 3rd & 4th Generation - Battlefield   After forming in 1967 the Versatiles joined Joe Gibbs’ Amalgamated roster of artists and released a single called ‘Just can’t win’, which was only the third release by the fresh new label....

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PETER TOSH – COLLIE WEED / HE’S SO GOOD TO ME

PETER TOSH – COLLIE WEED  / HE’S SO GOOD TO ME

A: Peter Tosh - He's so real to me   B: Peter Tosh - Collie Weed / Weed weed weed   When Peter Tosh cut a deal with Joe Gibbs to work together on a 50/50 basis, the steppin' razor must have also brokered a total and absolute freedom of expression. Never one to keep his thoughts...

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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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MADOO – BACKWAY MR LANDLORD / PRINCE MOHAMMED – BACKWAY

MADOO – BACKWAY MR LANDLORD / PRINCE MOHAMMED – BACKWAY

A: Madoo - Backway mr. Landlord B: Prince Mohammed - Backway   The burdens of being a landlord... Everybody thinks you're getting filthy rich by doing ...well... nothing, really. You just collect the rent and then go about spending your excessive amount of money. That's all there...

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STRANGER COLE – WOMAN A HEAVY LOAD

STRANGER COLE – WOMAN A HEAVY LOAD

A: Stranger Cole - (Woman a) Heavy Load B: Pressure Beat - Heavy   Stranger Cole has got soul. He's proven that over and over again in the rocksteady era, with grand tunes such as the immaculate 'Pretty Cottage'. But I didn't know that Mister Soul Cole is also a funky cat. Evidence...

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JOSEPH HILL – INFORMER

JOSEPH HILL – INFORMER

A: Prince Mohammed - Informer B: Mighty Two - Informer version   In just a few years after its birth, the reggae sound has changed face more times than Cher did in two decades. Reggay from 1968 and reggae from, say, 1976 are worlds apart, yet it is always identified as reggae. Ofcourse...

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LYNN TAITT & THE JETS – EL CASINO ROYALE

LYNN TAITT & THE JETS – EL CASINO ROYALE

A: Lynn Taitt & The Jets & Cool Sticky - El Casino Royale B: Lynn Taitt & The Jets & Cool Sticky - Dee's Special   Lynn Taitt. Hailing from Trinidad and bringing with him a bag of fresh ideas and infusing the Jamaican music scene with new influences, this multi instrumentalist...

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CLINT EASTWOOD – WHIP THEM JAH

CLINT EASTWOOD – WHIP THEM JAH

A: Clint Eastwood - Whip them jah B: Joe Gibbs & The Professionals - Whipping Dub   Reggae works in mysterious ways. You see a label, often linked to a producer, you read the credits and - most of the time - you take it as the truth. But there is always more than meets the eye. ...

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PETER TOSH – HERE COMES THE JUDGE

PETER TOSH – HERE COMES THE JUDGE

A: Peter Touch - Here comes the judge B: Winston Wright - Rebeloution   After their sojourn with Lee Perry, which placed The Wailers firmly on the map again after a period of scoring minor hits and big misses, the three members each went their own way. Bob went to Sweden to join Johnny...

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UNKNOWN ARTIST – HOLY MOUNT ZION / ZION IS MY HOME

UNKNOWN ARTIST – HOLY MOUNT ZION / ZION IS MY HOME

A: Unknown - Holy Mount Zion (?) B: Unknown - Zion is my home (?)   To celebrate the new website I thought I'd post a nice, obscure and very rare record. In fact, it's so enigmatic that I can't even tell you who the artist is. I'm not sure about the title either, although taking the lyrics...

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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 & PROFESSIONALS – NO BONES FOR THE DOGS

DENNIS BROWN & PROFESSIONALS – NO BONES FOR THE DOGS

A: Joe Gibbs & The Professionals - No bones for the dogs B: Mighty Two - Throw it Joe   Jamaica is probably best known for their immense musical output. It never ceases to amaze me that an island so small, relatively speaking, produces so vast an amount of great music and, in the process,...

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PIONEERS – LONG SHOT: AN INTERVIEW WITH JACKIE ROBINSON

PIONEERS – LONG SHOT: AN INTERVIEW WITH JACKIE ROBINSON

A: Pioneers - Long Shot (Buss me bet) B: Pioneers - Dip and fall back   The Pioneers, hitmakers and chartbreakers from Kingston, started their career in 1965, recording for various producers and releasing records on labels like Island, Rio and Caltone. The early line up consisted of Sidney...

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TRINITY – EVENTIDE HOME

TRINITY – EVENTIDE HOME

A: Trinity - Eventide home B: Professionals - Massive fire   On may 20th 2011 residents of Torrington Park marched the streets of Kingston in order to raise awareness and call for an end to the political warfare that is still, occasionally, reaping havoc in the nation's capitol and beyond....

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DENNIS ALCAPONE & NINEY – YOU MUST BELIEVE

DENNIS ALCAPONE & NINEY – YOU MUST BELIEVE

A: Dennis Alcapone & Niney - You must believe me B: The Destroyers / The Observers - You must believe me version   Without the Impressions, I often wonder, would reggae have sounded the same as it does today? It's without doubt that the Chigaco soul outfit has had a huge influence...

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I ROY – KNOTTY KNOTS

I ROY – KNOTTY KNOTS

A: I Roy - Knotty Knots B: Mighty Two - Knots version   Three years after the impressive range of songs from the courtroom that Derrick Morgan laid down for various producers, I Roy revisits the format on the most superb recording he ever made for Joe Gibbs. Just like the Derrick Morgan...

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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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DONNA DAWSON – MONEY CAN’T BUY LOVE

DONNA DAWSON – MONEY CAN’T BUY LOVE

A: Donna Dawson - Money can't buy love B: Pioneers - Smoking   When Dennis Brown recorded his first version of 'Money in my pocket' in 1972 it was a smash hit. Further cuts by Big Youth, Bingy Bunny and Bongo Herman followed, before it was revived some six years later to become an even...

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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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MICKEY SIMPSON – SEE DEM A COME

MICKEY SIMPSON – SEE DEM A COME

A: Micky Simpson - See dem a come B: Professionals - version   If anyone is exemplary of a hard knock life, careerwise I mean, it must be Micky Simpson. Although not much information about this artist can be found, his vocation in music seems to have been a very rocky road. Born and raised...

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LADY ANN – INFORMER

LADY ANN – INFORMER

A: Lady Ann - Informer B: The Professionals - Most on the corner   After the very bloody 1980 elections, an affair that brought Jamaica on the brink of civil war once again, leaving 800 dead and countless others injured; the island was desperately in need of peace. Peace, quiet and entertainment....

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LEE VAN CLIFF – LOOK HOW SHE FAT

LEE VAN CLIFF – LOOK HOW SHE FAT

A: Lee van Cliff - Look how she fat B: Joe Gibbs & The Professionals - She Bouncing   The rise of a new form of reggae in the late seventies and early eighties presented itself with a string of changes in the way the game was played. Rub a dub, as it was often called back then,...

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CORNELL CAMPBELL – BOXING AROUND / ANDY BASSFORD

CORNELL CAMPBELL – BOXING AROUND  / ANDY BASSFORD

A: Cornell Campbell - Boxing around B: Joe Gibbs & The Professionals - Bouncing   Enjoying success in both the ska, rocksteady and early reggae years, Cornell Campbell managed to peak even higher in the mid 70's 'flying cymbals' era. Alongside producer Bunny Lee the pair churned...

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FANTELS – HOOLIGAN

FANTELS – HOOLIGAN

A: The Fantels - Hooligan B: Mighty Two - Far Land   Some gwaan like hooligan, some act like maffia and some follow their path as a musician. In the case of Hal Anthony Lewinson this choice must not have been a hard one to make. Born into a musical family; Jimmy Cliff is his cousin...

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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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HORACE ANDY – SLAVE DRIVE

HORACE ANDY – SLAVE DRIVE

A: Horace Andy - Slave Drive B: The Mighty Two - Slave master   Now here's something you don't see every day. Although Horace Andy did record in the Gibbs' studio every now and then, not much of the result ended up on any of the studio's imprints. The great foundation singer's releases...

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ELPEDIO & THE SONICS – RIGHT TIME

ELPEDIO & THE SONICS – RIGHT TIME

A: Elpedio & The Sonics - Right Time B: Joe Gibbs & The Professionals - Now   "You're going around, and boasting yourself. You talk about this, you talk about that, every day..." This line from the mighty "Right Time" track is all the evidence you need to establish that Elpedio...

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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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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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HEPTONES – SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME

HEPTONES – SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME

A: The Heptones - Save the last dance for me B: The Heptones - Save the last dance for me version   The Heptones were always greatly influenced by soul music and often sought ways to incorporate the sound of the young, gifted and black americans into their own music. Being gifted songwriters...

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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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JIMMY RILEY & STRANGER COLE – VOICE OF THE PEOPLE

JIMMY RILEY & STRANGER COLE – VOICE OF THE PEOPLE

A: Jimmy Riley & Stranger Cole - Voice of the people B: 3rd & 4th Generation band (?) - Voice of the people version   Legend has it Stranger Cole was so shy, he preferred to sing duets rather than solo tracks. Whether this is true or not, I don't know, but the great vocalist...

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GLEN WASHINGTON – ROCKERS NU CRACKERS

GLEN WASHINGTON – ROCKERS NU CRACKERS

A: Glen Washington - Rockers "nu" crackers B: Mighty Two - Rockers version   "Persistent" and "independent" are two words that come to mind when thinking about Glen Washington. Although blessed with a beautiful raspy and soulful voice, Glen decided to focus on his drumming career, rather...

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TOMMY MCCOOK & THE DESTROYERS – AH SO

TOMMY MCCOOK & THE DESTROYERS – AH SO

A: The Destroyers - Ah so B: The Destroyers - If ah sa so   Although it is hard to imagine in this day and age, the immortal 'Satta" riddim didn't hit it big from the get go. Recorded in march 1969 at Studio One for their own Clinch imprint (entitled 'Far Away Land' but on later pressings...

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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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PRINCE FAR I – TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL HOLDING

PRINCE FAR I – TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL HOLDING

A: Prince For I - Tribute to Michael Holding B: Mighty Two - Heavy bowling   Although he had been recording for quite some years before that, Prince Far I's career really skyrocketed when he joined the Gibbs camp in 1976. Perhaps this was due to the hitmaking riddims the succesful producer...

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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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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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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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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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TALL DREAD – TEN YEARS LATE

TALL DREAD – TEN YEARS LATE

A: Tall Dread - Ten years late B: Mighty Two - version   In a conversation or a written piece about dj's from the Joe Gibbs stable, it's most likely you'll hear or read the name 'Prince Mohammed' within a nanosecond. See, I just did it myself. It always strikes me as odd when this occurs,...

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OLD TIMERS – QUADRILLE BEAT SPECIAL

OLD TIMERS – QUADRILLE BEAT SPECIAL

A: Old Timers ft Delroy Jones - Quadrille beat figure 1 2 3 B: Old Timers ft Delroy Jones - Quadrille beat figure 4 5 6   I don't know what it is, but as of late I just keep on stumbling on wrongly credited Jogibs discs. So far they've always turned out a real treat, but the one featured...

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DERRICK MORGAN – GUN FINGER / JUDGE I DON’T CARE

DERRICK MORGAN – GUN FINGER / JUDGE I DON’T CARE

A: Derrick Morgan - Gun Finger B: Derrick Morgan - Judge I don't care   Another surprise record! I bought this as Pete Tosh' "Leave my business" on Ebay the other day and won it for a very good (read 'low') price. To be honest, I wasn't planning on bidding high on it either, since "leave"...

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NICKY THOMAS – GOD BLESS THE CHILDREN

NICKY THOMAS – GOD BLESS THE CHILDREN

A: Nicky Thomas - God bless the children (ja version) B: Jogibs - Round the clock   Although I was already checking some reggae here and there at the time, I got a crash course in reggae - no, make that:  a proper education in reggae -  when I moved house back in the year 1999. I ended...

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PRINCE WILLIAMS – CHANNEL SEVEN

PRINCE WILLIAMS – CHANNEL SEVEN

A: Prince Williams - Channel seven B: Joe Gibbs & the Professionals - Faith version   One of the first tunes that got my ear tuned into Joe Gibbs' productions was a toast over the Nicky Thomas' hit "Have a little faith." The first time I heard it was some 10 odd years ago and that...

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SAMMY DREAD – MY PRINCESS

SAMMY DREAD – MY PRINCESS

A: Sammy Dread - My princess B: Joe Gibbs & the Professionals - Princess in dub   Sammy Dread, born Stewart Farquharson, was one of the bigger stars of the early dancehall days. With hits such as "Roadblock", "Rude Boy" and the Joe Gibbs produced "Dreadlocks Girl" Sammy soon established...

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MADOO – JAMMIN SO

MADOO – JAMMIN SO

A: Madoo - Jammin so B: Joe Gibbs & the Professionals - Feeling hot   The almighty "Storm" riddim proved to be a lucrative one for the Joe Gibbs studio. This superstrong riddim was first recorded at Channel One by the Revolutionaries (a.k.a the Professionals, more or less) with...

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EDDIE FORD – WHIP THEM / IF YOU HAD KNOWN

EDDIE FORD – WHIP THEM / IF YOU HAD KNOWN

A: Eddy Ford - Whip them B: Eddy Ford - If you had known   1972, the year this Eddy/Eddie Ford track was released, was an election year in Jamaica. And although most run-ups to elections on the little island are notorious because of the increase of (political) gang related violence,...

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ANDY CAPP – MUSICAL RECIPE

ANDY CAPP – MUSICAL RECIPE

A: Andy Capp (& The Pepperlites) - Musical Recipe B: Joe Gibbs Allstars - Musical version   Probably best known for his 1968 smash hit 'Pop a top', and the many versions released right thereafter, Andy Capp is an interesting character in the reggae scene. His name could refer to the popular...

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INSPIRATIONS – TAKE BACK YOUR DUCK

INSPIRATIONS – TAKE BACK YOUR DUCK

A: The Inspirations - Take back your duck B: Prince Student - Rivers of babylon   After breaking big with "Tighten up," recorded as the Untouchables for Lee Perry in 1969 and still a huge anthem today, The Inspirations had a hard time beating their own success. The group, composed of Trevor...

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PRINCE STUDENT – RIVERS OF BABYLON

PRINCE STUDENT – RIVERS OF BABYLON

A: The Inspirations - Take back your duck B: Prince Student - Rivers of babylon   So, here's another one that is special. And again it's special for more reasons than one. The first, and probably the main reason being: 'Rivers of Babylon' is intriguing. The song was immortalized by the Boney...

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ALLAN KING – AFRICA WANT US ALL

ALLAN KING – AFRICA WANT US ALL

A: Allan King - Africa want us all B: Joe Gibbs - Liberation   Honesty goes a long way, and I'm completely honest when I say: I haven't a clue when it comes to this one. Well, none other than: it's obscure, I like it and it was released on a Trojan subsidiary in the UK (Duke) in 1973. The...

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MORWELL UNLIMITED – FIDEL CASTRO

MORWELL UNLIMITED – FIDEL CASTRO

A: Morwell Unlimited - Fidel Castro B: The Professionals - Fidel version Maurice Wellington, better known as Blacka Morwell, will probably be best remembered for his work with the group the Morwells / Morwell Unlimited, but there is far more to the man than meets the eye. Although Errol Thompson,...

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THE AFRICANS – KONG POW

THE AFRICANS – KONG POW

A: The Africans - Kong Pow B: The Professionals - Maroon rock   This 7 inch is special to me. One of the first people that got in touch with me through this blog, is a man called Nick Farris. It wasn't long after the first few posts, that he hit up me on my e-mail with corrections,...

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DELROY JONES – MUSICAL HOP

DELROY JONES – MUSICAL HOP

A: Delroy Jones - Musical hop B: Earl Lindo - More ball   Soon after posting the Delroy "Crutches" Jones track "By 7" on this blog, I found myself a copy of this great tune on the Errol T imprint. As mentioned in that same post, Musical Hop features Crutches riding the great Red Bum Ball...

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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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MADOO – JOE GRINE

MADOO – JOE GRINE

A: Madoo - Joe Grine B : Joe Gibbs & the Professionals - Ala   Osbert Madoo is often regarded as the "original dancehall singer." Originally, reggae singers performed their songs live on stage, backed by a band. Soundsystems would play their hits on wax and had dj's commenting on their...

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SOUL BROTHERS – PUSSY CATCH A FIRE

SOUL BROTHERS – PUSSY CATCH A FIRE

A: Soul Brothers - Pussy catch a fire B: Destroyers - Secret Weapon / Follow this beat   This must be the most confusing Joe Gibbs 7 inch ever issued. And that's quite a bold statement when it comes to Joe Gibbs vinyl, for the label is supreme in mislabeling, misprinting and mispressing...

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I ROY – TRUST NO SHADOW AFTER DARK

I ROY – 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,...

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MARCIA AITKEN – NARROW MINDED MAN

MARCIA AITKEN – NARROW MINDED MAN

A: Marcia Aitken -Narrow minded man B: Mighty Two - Broomstick   Marcia Aitken had a 6 year stint in reggae before she left Jamaica to open up her own restaurant in Brooklyn, New York. Discovered by Professionals / We the People Band bassist Lloyd Parks while singing (and still attending)...

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BARRINGTON LEVY – WIFE & SWEETHEART

BARRINGTON LEVY – WIFE & SWEETHEART

A: Barrington Levy - Wife & sweetheart B: Professionals - Husband stealer   Barrington Levy is a good example of "over exposure," a typically Jamaican phenomenon that occurred in the late 70's and is still going strong today. After hitting big with "Shine eye gal" every studio in Jamaica...

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PIONEERS – CATCH THE BEAT

PIONEERS – CATCH THE BEAT

A: Pioneers - Catch the beat B: Pioneers - Janan   Here's another 7 inch that makes me smile for more reasons than just the music. Catch the beat is a superb early reggae monster that, no surprise there, hit big for the Pioneers and Joe Gibbs. It was released both in the UK, where it was released...

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AUGUSTUS PABLO – PABLO AT HOME

AUGUSTUS PABLO – PABLO AT HOME

A : Augustus Pablo - Pablo at home B : Vin Gordon - East Africa   This 7 inch makes me smile every time I come across it, for it was a real catch when I stumbled upon it. The A and B side of my copy both wear the same label, crediting The Professionals' "Face Girl" as the track of choice....

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NIGGER KOJAK – DIFFERENT STYLE

NIGGER KOJAK – DIFFERENT STYLE

A: Nigger Kojak - Different Style B: Nigger Kojak - Christmas Style   The bald and lollypop rocking Nigger Kojak hit big with his toast over the Dennis Brown smash "Ain't that loving you" in 1979, but was already well on his way to stardom a year before. Kojak was among the first...

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DELROY JONES – BY 7

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...

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ETHIOPIANS – JUMP UP ACTION

ETHIOPIANS – JUMP UP ACTION

A: Ethiopians - Jump up action B: Delroy Jones - By 7   The mighty Leonard Dillon recorded a great many superb tunes in his long career as a musician. Although he seems to have saved the biggest hits for producer Sir JJ - whom he held in high esteem -  Leonard Dillon also recorded smashing...

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DENNIS WALKS – ALMIGHTY I

DENNIS WALKS – ALMIGHTY I

A: Dennis Walks - Almighty I B: Mighty Two - Forgive them Rasta   Dennis Walks is probably best known for the monsterhit he recorded for Harry Moody. Though he never really topped the truly superb "Drifter" tune, he did manage to score some sizeable hits over the years and kept recording...

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MIKEY DREAD – FRIEND AND MONEY

MIKEY DREAD – FRIEND AND MONEY

A: Michael Campbell - Friend & Money B: Professionals - Bubbler in money   Although he did record quite a few tracks in the Joe Gibbs studio, Michael Campbell, (1952 - 2008) better known as Mikey Dread, did not release much of his tracks through any of Joe's imprints. "Friend and money"...

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DHAIMA – INA JAH CHILDREN

DHAIMA – INA JAH CHILDREN

A: Dhaima - Ina Jah Children B: Mighty Two - Save the children   Dhaima, born Sandra Lucille Matthews in 1949, grew up in Nashville, Tennessee where she wrote her first song at the tender age of 9. She earned early recognition as a member of "The Buttons", a singing group that consisted...

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MR NIGEL – LEAVING THE BALL

MR NIGEL – LEAVING THE BALL

A: Mr Nigel - Leaving the ball B: Neville Hinds - Sweep the street   This 7 inch was given to me by a good friend on a good night. You know the kind: drinking some beers, having some dinner, a few laughs and, most of all, playing dozens of records. He knew I was into the Gibbs sound...

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BONGO HERMAN & BINGY BUNNY – RATION

BONGO HERMAN & BINGY BUNNY – RATION

B: Bongo Herman & Bingy Bunny - Ration A: The Meditators - Things not easy   Bongo Herman & Bingy Bunny are two very gifted performers who acted mostly as session musicians in the early seventies, but they also managed to make quite a name for themselves with songs like "Ration."...

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LIZZY – STILL WATER RUN DEEP

LIZZY – STILL WATER RUN DEEP

A: Carlton Gibbs - Ghost walk B: Lizzy - Still water run deep / Joe Gibbs Allstars - Joy stick   Boh! This little gem is dripping its honey allover the place! It gets even sweeter when a woman starts sighing heavily to the words of King Jammy soundsystem dj Lizzy, who get's the job done...

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CARLTON GIBBS – GHOST WALK

CARLTON GIBBS – GHOST WALK

A: Carlton Gibbs - Ghost walk B: Joe Gibbs Allstars - Joystick   Now this one took me long enough to figure out! As you can see in the picture above, my copy of this song is a Pressure Beat pre-release with no information on it whatsoever. The fact that the previous owner marked it as being...

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BLACK SKIN – THEY NEVER LOVE

BLACK SKIN – THEY NEVER LOVE

A: Black Skin - They never love B: The Professionals - No love   Black Skin's "They never love" is a funny anthem. Riding a dreader than dread riddim and sounding like a dread anthem too, this song actually tells a tale about a love gone wrong. Terribly wrong, if you trust the outspoken...

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RONNIE DAVIS & ITALS – SOMETIMES

RONNIE DAVIS & ITALS – SOMETIMES

A: Ronnie Davis & The Itals - Sometimes B: Mighty Two - Lover dub   Not the greatest Ronnie Davis effort ever, but still a very nice piece of lovers rock. The riddim, although hitting it off with a howling guitar and some nice piano, is sparse but effective. The dubside, however,...

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PRINCE HAMMER – ORTHODOX ROCK

PRINCE HAMMER – ORTHODOX ROCK

A: Prince Hammer - Orthodox Rock B: Joe Gibbs & Professionals - Oh Jah   A great tune by Prince Hammer, also known as Beris Simpson or Jah Berry (not the same dj as the Jah Berry of Phase 1 fame,) who allegedly recorded some 17 singles and an album (Brixton Trial And Crosses)...

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MEDITATORS – THINGS NOT EASY

MEDITATORS – THINGS NOT EASY

A: The Meditators - Things not easy B: Bongo Herman & Bingy Bunny - Ration   When Fitzroy "Bunny" Simpson left the Mighty Diamonds for a short period of time, he ran into former Tennors singer Ronnie Davis, who was recording solo for many a producer at the time. Together they recorded...

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MILTON HAMILTON – LONG LONG ROAD

MILTON HAMILTON – LONG LONG ROAD

A: Milton Hamilton - Long long Road B: Mighty Two - Longest dub Milton Hamilton used to be a member of the Classics, alongside Denzil Dennis. The group was based in the UK and recorded for both Laurel Aitken and Lee Perry (a version of "Cherry Oh Baby" called "Cheerio Baby" for the latter,...

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AFREQUES – COOL IT BROTHERS

AFREQUES – COOL IT BROTHERS

A: The Afreques - Cool it brothers B: Mighty Two - Zion Gates   I don't know much about the Afreques apart from the fact that they used to be Winston McAnuff's backing singers while he was in Black Kush. They can be seen in the legendary Deep Roots documentary in which Black Kush performes...

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BOBBY MELODY – LET IT BE

BOBBY MELODY – LET IT BE

A: Bobby Melody : Let it be B: Mighty Two : version   Bobby Melody is something of a roots reggae hero. Though not as prolific as you might expect from a roots reggae hero, his tunes (almost) never failed to make an impression. Apart from releasing a few classics under his own name,...

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MIGHTY DIAMONDS – KEEP ON MOVING

MIGHTY DIAMONDS – KEEP ON MOVING

A: Mighty Diamonds - Keep on moving B: Mighty Two : Keep on dubbing bigger T   I'm not sure who's covering who here. Trusted Pressure Beat reader Nick Faris e-mailed me the other day, saying the original of Keep on Moving was recorded by The Impressions in 1964 (can't believe I missed...

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RONALD & KARL – THINGS NOT SO NICE

RONALD & KARL – THINGS NOT SO NICE

A : Ronald & Karl - Things not so nice B : Mighty Two : Not so nice version   Who are Ronald & Karl? The credits on the 7" don't reveal a thing and books nor internet does much to help me either. To my knowledge this is the only song the obscure duo ever released and although...

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