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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BLACK UHURU – RENT MAN / JAH GRUNDY – RESIDENT AREA

BLACK UHURU – RENT MAN / JAH GRUNDY – RESIDENT AREA

A: Black Uhuru - Rent Man / Jah Grundy - Resident Area B: Joe Gibbs & The Professionals - Eviction   Releasing their very first tune as early as 1972, Black Uhuru's road to stardom was a rather bumpy one.  Yet, in the second half of the seventies all the signs that the group would...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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