Sunday, August 26, 2018

Emmanuel Be With I - Dennis Brown Tribute

Emmanuel Be With I
Dennis Brown spotlight
RastFM #LoveReggaeMusic Show 53 & 54 Aug 2018
This one's very close to my heart. Long live the CROWN PRINCE of reggae music...
Over 100 of his best tunes from 1977 onwards over 2 volumes (I left his early 70s music for another time - there are just TOO MANY big tunes to pick from!).

- PART 1 -

Focus is on the best of his sublime roots reggae hits for the likes of Joe Gibbs, Errol Thompson, Tad's, Gussie Clarke, Jammys, Taxi, Clive Hunt, Robert Ffrench, Aswad, Gemini & some later Niney recordings, as well as his own productions on the D.E.B. & Yvonne's Special labels. Strictly roots & culture. He not only had the golden voice but was also one of the greatest lyricists with a true gift for vocalising melodies, whoh wohohoh yeah wohohohooooooh now, SEEN....

Dennis Brown probably enjoyed his greatest creative spell around 1976-82, particularly while working with Joe Gibbs, Errol Thompson & Niney the Observer. 1978's VISIONS OF DENNIS BROWN LP is a major highlight. While he later went on to voice the odd sides for nuff producers everywhere as is normal, Dennis remained loyal to his key partnerships right up to his (or their) passing, man like Niney & Joe Gibbs, but also King Jammy & Gussie Clarke. So he able to maintain the coherence and overall high quality of his work right up to the end of the 1990s. He was actually getting back to his best at the very end with inspired LPs for Jammys & Music Works in the months before he died.

- PART 2 -

We mix things up a bit more for part 2, showing off the depth of D Brown's influences and his versitility. From roots & roots-dancehall to lovers rock and blazing digital dancehall. Productions from Joe Gibbs, Jammys, Gussie Clarke, Gemini, Sly & Robble, Black Scorpio, Niney, Saxon, Lloyd Charmers, Two Friends, Junior Reid, Penthouse and more from  his own D.E.B. label.

Some of his very biggest hits like Money In My Pocket, Ain't That Loving You, Should I, Love Got A Hold On Me, Friends For Life, Have You Ever, the list goes on... Big combinations with blood brothers Gregory Isaacs & Junior Delgado, Freddie Mcgregor, Janet Kay, Sharon Forrester, John Holt and Richie Stephens among others. 

Continuous mix. More than 4hrs in total