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 of Emergency album, which is strange because it’s a killer instrumental. It’s also a killer puzzle, because for as long as I’ve known this tune, the riddim has been bugging me. It sounds so familiar, but I just can’t figure out what it is. A quick Google search learns I’m not alone in this, but sometimes it just makes me feel like a dog chasing its own tale: does it sound familiar because I rinsed it a couple of dozen times, or is familiar because I heard it before in a different style?

I’m not sure how the trend came about, but suddenly, in the latter half of the 70’s, a lot of reggae instrumentals were named after militant groups or military people. Perhaps this was because Jamaica was on the brink of civil war and people were looking for inspiration? Named after the headstrong US Confederate general Thomas ‘Stonewall’ Jackson, this release featured here is no exception to the rule. From what I read on the internet, the namesake general was an exceptionally gifted leader, so to that extend the counter reference is fitting. Because with Tommy McCook, Lloyd Parks, Sly Dunbar, Eric Lamont, Bubbler, Vin Gordon, Herman Marquis and Sticky as core members of the Professionals, I think it’s fair to say Joe Gibbs also had some exceptionally gifted men in his studio.

Errol T was certainly gifted as well, and his version is a stripped down and superheavy stepper, which focusses mainly on the drum and the bass. It’s perfect in emphasizing that weird guitar sound The Professionals had going at the time. It sounds like an off-timed, split stereo delay or something. Although I’m not sure how he did it, you can always recognize the Professionals by that particular sound. A great disc, this..


Label: Joe Gibbs Record Globe (Ja)
Release date: 1976
Matrix: DSR 1871
Riddim: based on Techniques – It’s you I love

(originally posted on 13-03-12)



  • pressurebeat says:
    26 November 2014 at 13:50



    the_voice_of_reason said…

    I’ve always thought that the bassline was derived from (although not a complete copy of) the Technique’s “Love Is Not a Gamble”, but that the horn part was a seventies original


    Pressure Beat said…

    Interesting. I always find it sounds a bit like ‘Smile’ from the Silvertones (Studio One) but that doesn’t add up datewise.


    droid said…

    Yeah, Im going to go with “Smile’ as well. The first 3 bars of the ascending bassline are very similar:

    Not getting the LINAG connection at all TBH.


    Anonymous said…

    Damn if that bass line was any fatter it wouldn’t be able to get out of bed.


    Anonymous said…

    @ Voice of Reason –> You mean Its You I Love by the Techniques.


    Pressure Beat said…

    Thanks Anonymous. That tune seems to be the basis indeed. I’ll add it to the post.

    Big up,



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