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 with Soft Roy Palmer and Milton Henry called The Leaders. Joe Gibbs wanted to join but couldn’t sing (which is aptly proven by his anti Lee Perry gem People Grudgeful) and so he was appointed as producer. Whether this story is true or not, it is a very entertaining one to say the least. What is true, though, is that Prince Allah was among the first artists to record for the newly set up Amalgamated label. The Leaders recorded some fine sides for Gibbs before they split up, after which Prince Allah quit recording for a few years. He would resurface in the roots-reggae years with a string of astonishing tracks.

Among them is the sublime “Naw go a them burial”, one of the best roots tunes ever to come out of the Joe Gibbs studios. The fierce anti-babylon lyrics, the syncopated drums and the driving synths all add to making this the pure, hot and fiery gem it is. Needless to say the dub is a masterpiece in its own right and something of a classic.

Track it down, rinse it and find yourself gaping at the sky in awe and then rinse it again, flipside to flipside if you want. But whatever you do, do not google the track or you’ll soon discover…. there is an even better version out there.

I’m joking about not checking out the other version ofcourse. As much as I love the Gibbs version, I first heard this Prince Allah anthem on Tappa Zukie’s New Star label, where it is dubbed Funeral,”  and up to this day this is the winning version for me. It’s even deeper and more roots than the Gibbs’ take, features stabbing minor horns that fill up the minimal riddim and it’s supported by such a big bassline it baffles me. I’m not even going to mention the dub on that thing…

Both versions are from 1978 and I don’t know which came first. What I do know is both cuts should be in any reggae collection, small or big for these are Essential Recordings.

 

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Label: Joe Gibbs Record Globe (ja)
Matrix: JGM-053 (KK- Mastering)
Release date: 1978
Riddim: original

(originally posted on 23-03-11)

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1 Comment on PRINCE ALLAH – NAW GO A THEM BURIAL

  • pressurebeat says:
    7 November 2014 at 12:18

    COMMENTS FROM THE OLD SITE

    2 comments:

    the_voice_of_reason said…

    Back in 1978-79 I knew both Tapper Zukie and Errol T. For what it’s worth, I would place the Tapper/Vin Gordon/Musical Intimidators cut as a good six to twelve months after the Gibbs cut. Tapper was not without production talent, but I’d be amazed if he could have produced that cut before the Retirement Crescent one

    9/23/2011

    Luke said…

    Nice track!
    I would say that this is loosely based on Bob Marley And The Wailing Wailers – Funeral on Wail n Soul m records.
    Theres a clip here: http://rougheryet.com/wail-n-soul-m-part-1/

    11/27/2013

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