Friday, March 27, 2015

Yabby You Vibration Tribute - Vivian Jackson Productions

Yabby You Vibration Tribute - Vivian Jackson Productions 1972-85. This one's been in the making for over 4 years, since the great singer and percussionist's passing in 2010. I got slightly carried away as there are about 180 track snippets here. Jackson's songs stand out in the roots genre for the level of humility and biblical imagery. He also comes across as very sincere and, like all the great songwriters, many of his songs were evidently penned in response to immediate personal experiences - check Blood A Go Run Down King Street for one! A long-running collaboration with King Tubby lends a harder, tuffer edge to the dubs and deejay cuts. Other mixes by Scratch, Scientist and Prince Jammy. Backing band - the Prophets All-Stars - comprised the cream of JA session musicians, man like Horsemouth, Family Man, Sly & Robbie, The Gladiators, Augustus Pablo, Chinna, Pablove Black, Ansel Collins, Skully.... Mighty horns from Viv Gordon, Bobby Ellis, Dirty Harry and Tommy McCook, who's flute playing adds vastly to the uplifting/devotional vibes. Vocal harmony from the Prophets (Jackson, Alaric Forbes & Bobby Melody). Rhythm tracks recorded at  Channel One, Harry J's, Joe Gibbs, Dynamic, King Tubby's and Black Ark.

In-house chanter Trinity adds to the righteousness throughout with some of his best work. He's joined by fellow deejays Dillinger, Clint Eastwood, U Brown, Stepping King Miguel, Tapper Zukie, Jah Stitch and Big Youth on some of the Prophet's biggest tracks. Big Youth's Lightning Flash Weakheart Drop aka Yabby Youth on the Conquering Lion is a major classic. Other big riddims include the Jah Vengeance, Black Is Our Colour, Death Trap, King Pharaoh's Plague, Pick Up The Pieces, Gang War, Every Tongue Shall Tell, Heptones Gonna Fight, Judgement On The Land, Run Come Rally, Born Free, Anti-Christ & Warn The Nation. While these are all classics, Deliver Me From My Enemies and Conquering Lion are probably the most evocative..

Yabby You produced important LPs for Michael Prophet, Tony Tuff and Wayne Wade and nuff great tunes for a host of other artists like The Melodians, Patrick Andy, Barrington Spence, Horace Andy, Cornell Campbell, Dicky Burton, Lenroy Swaby, Michael Rose, Errol Alphonso, Junior Brown and Willie Williams. Tommy McCook leads on many superb instrumentals including Love In Zimba on the Shank-I-Shek and an amazing guitar-flute-horns duel on Babylon Fall. Leroy Smart voiced several Prophets riddims though there must have later been a colossal misunderstanding (lol!) leading to Yabby You teaming up with Wayne Wade and Clint Eastwood for a major dis - Ballistic Dreadlocks

Continuous mix. 400 mins total

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Attack Records UK 7''Vinyl Selections - Part 4 - 1975

Attack Records UK 7''Vinyl Selections - Part 4 - 1975. The fourth of five sets of Attack singles from the 1970s, this one draws exclusively from their 1975 output, well within the label's golden era (74-75).

Productions from Lee Perry, Lloyd Campbell, Niney, Tony Robinson, A. Ranglin, Winston Riley, Earl Chinna Smith and Bunny Lee in particular. Classic riddim like Tony Robinson's Curly Locks & Strange Things (killer Big Youth tracks), Winston Riley's Mission Impossible and A. Ranglin's Fattie Bum Bum. Nuff Bunny Lee selection fall with the Cold I Up/The Ruler, Don't Cut Off Your Dreadlocks, No Woman No Cry, Jah Jah Bless The DreadlocksNice and Easy, Fi We Rock, and a lick of Burning Spear's Tradition. Bunny & Ricky come with the classic herbalist  Bushweed Corntrash (Lee Perry). The Agrovators 'flying cymbals' sound is highlighted on a whole heap a King Tubby versions.

Continuous mix. 79 minutes.
Links to Part1, Part 2, Part 3.

Attack Records UK 7''Vinyl Selections - Part 5 - 1975-78

 Attack Records UK 7''Vinyl Selections - Part 4 - 1975-78. The fifth and final lot of Attack singles from the 1970s. Good balance of vocal & deejay tracks with nuff dub versions.... a dis ya rootsman time.

Striker Lee releases predominate. Other productions from Keith Hudson, A. Ranglin, Glen Lee, Neville Beckford, Clive Hunt, Linval Thompson & Eric Donaldson. Features four Bunny Lee cuts of Wailers rhythms - Kaya, Time Will Tell, Easy Skanking and Nice Time with vocals by Johnny Clarke, Ronnie Davis & deejay U Brown. Other Lee riddims like the Ali Baba, Move Out of Babylon, Enter In To His Gates With Praise, Satta Massagana, I Love Marijuana, Ten To One and three Cornell Campbell classics on the Undying Love, Duke Of Earl and Queen of the Minstrel. Prince Jazzbo nice up this one alongside Augustus Pablo. Jah Stitch rides two great John Holt tracks. All the Bunny Lee sides are again backed up with tuff Agrovators/King Tubbys versions.

Pick of the other productions include Keith Hudson's Don't Think About Me (Horace Andy & Jah Woosh). Heavy roots on Sylford Walker's I Can't Understand and a pair of Lizzard tunes produced by Clive Hunt. Glen Washington's Voice of the Father from 1976, the original cut of Culture's Behold I Come, is sublime.

Continuous mix. 79 minutes.
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Links to Part1, Part 2

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Year 2 Year 12'' Discomix Collection 1980

Year 2 Year 12'' Discomix Collection 1980. Roots, dancehall and lovers selections from a whole heap a producers and artists. Dancehall is the order of the day, fueled by Junjo Lawes and the Roots Radics who take over from the Revolutionaries as the predominant backing band of the time. Vocal & dubwise, singers & deejays.

Mix bag a riddim... El Rockers (Augustus Pablo), Vanity (Techniques), Fally Ranking (Jammys), Let Me Tell You Boy (Thrillseekers), Saturday Night Jamboree, Mary Long Tongue, Look Youthman and the mighty Kingdom Rise Kingdom Fall (Volcano). Legendary Roots-dancehall sides like Michael Prophet's Help Them Please (Volcano) and the Diamonds' Gates of Zion (Dubmasta).

Productions from Augustus Pablo, Winston Riley, Mickie Scott, Junjo Lawes, Company X, Junior Delgado, Ranking Joe, Al Campbell, Dubmasta, Linval Thompson and Prince Jammy. Rhythm track from The Revolutionaries, The Roots Radics, Sly & Robbie, The Gladiators, Zion Steppers, The Junior Band and The Rockers All-Stars. Engineering and dubs by Scientist, Abe Arons, Jah Shaka, Prince Jammy, Barnabas and Errol Thompson.

Continuous mix. Total 159 minutes. Repost...

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Year 2 Year 12'' Discomix Collection 1981

Finally re-upping some more old mixes - back by popular demand - Year 2 Year 12'' Discomix Collection 1981. Roots-dancehall carry the swing, led by the Roots Radics at Volcano & Thompson Sound. The usual Y-2-Y format - vocal, dubwise and deejay cuts. 

Riddim like the Back Off, Who No Waan Come, Catch Dem Jah Jah, Follow Fashion and Trials & Crosses  (Linval Thompson) Another One Bites The Dust, Shank I Sheck, Gunman, Rope In and Heavenless (Junjo Lawes) and Hugh Mundell's Pop No Style (Rockers) and many more.... Engineering and dubs by Scientist, Barnabas and King Tubby. Riddims from The Roots Radics, Rockers All-Stars, Sly & Robbie and The Rebel Regulars.

Continuous mix. Total 158 minutes. Repost...