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 that!). The group was in fact a major influence on many vocal trio’s in the roots reggae era. The Bob Marley cover, recorded for the first time with Lee Perry in 1971, is a great example of that theory.  As is the distinguished Mighty Diamonds’ approach, which also draws from Curtis Mayfield’s group style.

The Mighty Diamonds would eventually hit the number 3 slot of the 1977 pre-release charts with their take. Listening to the production and the dub – a sober instrumental with some minor echo effects- I wondered about the date. The sound and style of the dub fits better in with the early seventies Joe Gibbs mould. So, maybe this song was shelved for a couple of years?

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Label: Joe Gibbs Record Globe
Matrix: DSR 3358 A / 3359 B
Release date: 1978
Riddim: I gotta keep moving (Impressions)
Riddim: Keep on moving ( Bob Marley & the Wailers)

(originally posted on 05-12-07)

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1 Comment on MIGHTY DIAMONDS – KEEP ON MOVING

  • pressurebeat says:
    17 October 2014 at 21:10

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    3 comments:

    IrieItes said…

    Just want to correct you on the The Wailers released date, the song was recorded in 1971. Thanks for your iNput on The Mighty Diamond single, I was looking for a reliable source as I’m working on their single discography. Other website place this single in 1978, but can’t beat a reggae chart 😉
    7/15/2011

    Pressure Beat said…

    Thanks for the info, IrieItes. Much appreciated. I’ve corrected the Wailers’ date.

    Big up

    ColdSweat
    7/15/2011

    the_voice_of_reason said…

    This might well have been recorded by Gibbs as a response to the success of Cornel Campbell’s “I’ve Got To Keep On Running”, released on Bar Bell (RS7768) in 1975, produced by Robbie Shakespeare and distributed by Micron. As far as I know, that was the first cut to be released in JA not to come from Lee Perry, who had already released four cuts, and who went on to release the 12″ of the Wailers with Wong Chu in 1977-78. There was of course Topper Zukie’s UK cut for Clement Bushay in 1973 “Archie The Red Nose Reindeer”, but that was voiced over a Perry dubplate.
    9/19/2011

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