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 his name as a force to be reckoned with. Although his big success was quite short lived, he kept on doing his own thing and is still active on the music scene today.

As with all upcoming stars in the early 80’s, Sammy Dread recorded a lot of tunes in a short period of time. Flooding the market with tracks that differ highly in quality, only to try and give the people what they want. And to try and get a large piece of the action, of course. ‘My Princess’ is one of those tracks, but I’d have to say – I’m biased, I know –  it’s one of the better sides out there. Lyrically speaking, ‘My Princess’ is not really inspiring, but at least Sammy was putting some effort in his singing (which was far from standard procedure, judging from his back catalogue.) The result is a very nice tune that is almost the equal of his bigger hits. Cool track. Nothing more, but definitely nothing less either.

Sammy revisited this tune in 1994, when he recorded it for his Rocky Gibbs (son of Joe) produced album “Stronger than before“. The retitled ‘My black princess” sounds almost alike, but the backing track is arguably thinner. If you’re going to track ‘My Princess’ down, be sure to get your hands on the original take, because one thing is certain: this thrives even more when riding that 80’s booming, bassheavy, bulldozer backing.

Which brings me to this: it’s quite an accomplishment for a studio to be this much up to date after 13+ years of recording. Of which almost 10 of them as the leading sound of the day. Check the dancehall records of Studio One, for instance, and the difference in quality is evident. The credit for that, on this disc and much of the early 80’s dancehall from the Gibbs labels, goes to Oswald ‘Chuny’ Palmer, who was the driving force of Gibbs’ studio back then. He was also the main sound engineer – on the road  – for Dennis Brown and knew more than a thing or two about song writing.

Now, dubwise!


Label: Errol T (Ja)
Match: J.G.M. 4092-A / 4092 B (kk mastering)
Release date: 1981
Riddim: original (?)

(originally posted on 29-07-11)



  • pressurebeat says:
    9 November 2014 at 22:33


    J J said…

    Nice blog Pressure Beat.Really enjoyed reading your reviews.Keep up the good works.

    j j


    Pressure Beat said…

    Cheers! Appreciate the support. Loads more to come



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