I've just moved to San Francisco, and will be without my recording equipment for about a month. I think I've got some records already recorded that I can post in the meanwhile so stay tuned.
I've visited a few record stores in the area, but haven't really found any spectacular stores for reggae - I've only found one JA 7" even remotely close to my interests after 5 stores. Thankfully it was a Buster production, Derrick & Patsy's "Stab In The Back" backed with "Thank You," which has the Prince himself singing a few lines.
If anyone knows anything about the SF reggae scene, or stores I should check out, please let me know!
Originally written by Jim Ford for soul giant Bobby Womack, Harry Hippie appears here on the UK Attack label. The song was a top 10 R&B hit for Womack, showed up as an excellent version on a Jim Fordouttakes album, and Neville Grant's reggae version does the song justice.
If anyone checking this blog is in Austin, come out to Lovejoys at 6th & Nechez this Sunday (May 22) from 9pm-2am for some heavy, rare ska, rocksteady, and reggae. I'll be spinning alongside Captain Jim from H&S all night!
For the 150th post, I've decided to do a small compilation of all the tracks that I have on the "You Don't Care" rhythm. I've pulled together 9, one of them I have on JA and UK presses so I've posted pictures of the two but only ripped the UK version.
1. The Techniques - You Don't Care (1967, Duke Reid). This was the original cut with the You Don't Care rhythm, though this version is a 1975 repress according to RKR. The flip is a version with some lazy dub.
2. Nora Dean - Barbwire (1969, Byron Smith). This rhythm shows up with a few producers, and I wish I knew how (or if) the licensing worked on these. It sounds to me like the rhythm track here may be the exact same as the Duke Reid cut, rather than a rerecorded version. The flip to this "Calypso Mama" by The Barons.
3. Winston Wright - Mesh Wire (1970, Byron Smith). Often, if a rhythm ended up being reused, it would be cut with toasting versions and often organ cuts. Here's the organ driven response to "Barbwire." The flip on this one is "Darling Please Return" by The Barons, a killer rocksteady vocal track.
4. Sir Lord Comic - Jack Of My Trade (1970, Joe Gibbs). This relicensing is definitely a rerecorded rhythm track, and is slowed down. It almost doesn't sound like the same rhythm, but I've seen this on other You Don't Care compilations, and its listed in RKR as on the "You Don't Know" rhythm. The flip on this one is another rocksteady scorcher, "Man Beware" by The Slickers.
5. Dennis Alcapone - El Paso (1970, CS Dodd). Again, this one is another rerecorded take, featuring one of my favorite toasters, Dennis Alcapone. I wouldn't list this among his most captivating cuts, but its still fun to listen to. Unlike the previous two, this one also features the "Oh Mama" calls from the Nora Dean "Barbwire" take. The flip to this is "The Pressure Is On" by The Purpleites.
6. Lloyd Parks - You Don't Care (1972, Tony Robinson). Tony Robinson is another producer that tried his luck on this rhythm with a number of cuts. This one starts as an exact cover of the original Techniques cut, but then deviates into different tune. The flip for both the UK and JA versions are the same version track.
[First image not recorded, it is the JA copy of the UK 7" that was recorded]
7. Ranking Joe - A You Mr. Fennigan (1978, Tony Robinson). In the late 70s, a number of toasters emerged with the "Ranking" appellation, including Ranking Joe & Ranking Trevor among the more popular ones. This take features some vocals from the Lloyd Parks take and the flipside is a lightly dubbed version.
8. Winston Scotland - Buttercup (1972, Tony Robinson). This is another toasted take provided by Tony Robinson. This also features some of the vocals from Lloyd Parks version and was the first 7" I got in my collection on this rhythm. The b-side to this is the next tune, "I Care."
9. Roland Wilson - I Care (1972, Tony Robinson). Where there was toasting in the previous take by Winston Scotland, a trombone (I believe) takes precedence with an entertaining but pretty un-imaginary riff.
edit: Next post is #150, I'll try and dig up something cool!
This is the only Island EP I have of the 6 from 1964-65 that are listed on Roots Knotty Roots. There is reason to believe that there are two more though, because RKR lists IEP numbers from 701 to 708, missing 703 and 706. Jackie Edwards seems to have been a featured artist on the series, although this EP features female vocalist Millie Small. To compliment the collection, I've included an extra Millie Small b-side from another Island disc. The a-side to that one skips, but it is the b-side cover of Otis Redding's "That's How Strong My Love Is" that is the better side.
The Island label was founded by Chris Blackwell and the first track on the a-side is a Blackwell production. The 2nd track on the a-side is credited to R. Robinson in RKR and the two b-side tracks are produced by CS Dodd. Finally, the bonus track is a Blackwell production.
Thanks to everyone who turned up to Lovejoy's last Sunday or to Charlie's Dub Corner at the Austin Reggae Fest this weekend and caught me spinning with Heart & Soul and Apollo 67 Sound Systems. If you picked up a mix CD, here's the tracklist:
1. Derrick Morgan - I'm Gonna Leave You 2. The Skatalites - El Pussy Ska 3. Peter Tosh & The Wailers - Don't Look Back 4. Lloyd Charmers - Say It To Me Baby 5. Kealyn Beckford - Hey Little Girl 6. The Ethiopians - What A Fire 7. The Inspirations - Have A Little Faith 8. Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - Mabrouk 9. The Youth - Fire Fire 10. KC White - Man No Dead 11. The Hoffner Brothers - King Man Is Back 12. Fitz Walker - St. Thomas Duppy 13. Jacob Miller - All Night Till Daylight 14. Jah Berry - Sufferation & Starvation 15. Spanna & Freddie McKay - Stay A Little Longer
I'm reposting this one because it is the only one that I've had several email inquiries about. As I've found out from the people emailing me about it, these two were big in Western Africa during the early to mid 70s.
Both are killer tunes, so enjoy! As I probably mentioned in the last post for this record, The Youth was an early psuedonym for Ijahman Levi, the featured vocalist on these tracks.
This is one of my favorites from the new lot. I previously had an Alvin Ranglin production of Beckford performing an awesome version of Paul Simon's "Cecelia," so I was excited about this one. Kealyn found his wasy into the business as the nephew of the famed Theophilus Beckford. These two scorchers feature his youthful voice and are from 1968.
With two showing up in the new lot, I've got three of these now, all on different collared labels. The yellow one has a different b-side so there are three songs posted below. The orange one will be for sale when I generate the list!
The Starlites features the mento giant Stanley Beckford and had a number of singles with Alvin Ranglin in the mid 70s, this one is from 1973. All three of the singles above have the same b-side label for the GG All Stars "Back To Dubwise," but the yellow one actually contains the much better track, Gladstone Anderson's "Drummer Roach". Furthermore, the yellow one has a different matrix number for the a-side though the songs are the same.
I'll be spinning again with Captain Jim and crew from Heart & Soul Soundsystem this Sunday at Lovejoy's in Austin, 9pm-2am. Come check out for some rare ska, rocksteady, reggae, and dub!
The Music Doctors - First Note (Down Torn, 1970) Leslie Butler - Black Is Boss (Blank, 1972) The Ethiopians - What A Fire (Blank, 1969) The Ethiopians - Rim Bam Bam (UK Duke, 1971) Max Romeo - Let The Power Fall (Pama Supreme, 1971) Keeling Beckford - Cecilia (GG's Hits, 1970) The Cables - Salt Of The Earth (Blank, 1970) Derrick Morgan & George Dekker - Me Naw Give Up (Blank, 1968) Lennox Brown - Gits Brown (Blank, 1969) Max Romeo & Gregory Isaacs - Push It Down, Rub It Down (Soul Beat, 1973) George Dekker - Run Them (Blank, 1969) Al & The Vibrators - Move Up (Gay Feet, 1968) Dennis Alcapone & Lizzy - Ba Ba Ri Ba (Duke Reid GH, 1973) The Techniques - Run Come Celebrate (Treasure Isle Repress, 1968) The Techniques - I'm In The Mood For Love (Treasure Isle, 1968) The Gaylads - It's All In The Game (Blank, 1970) Delroy Wilson - Hey Jude (Blank, 1971) Rudy Mills - Place Called Happiness (Blank, 1968) George Dekker - You Treating Me Bad (Blank, 1967) The Rio Grandes - Soldier Take Over (Blank, 1966) Derrick Morgan - I'm Gonna Leave You (Blue Beat, 1960) The Skatalites - El Pussy Ska (Coxsone, 1965) Lee Perry & The Sensations - Something You've Got (Wirl, 1967) Winston Stewart - Leave Me Alone (Coxsone, 1964) The Clarendonians - A Day Will Come (Beverley's, 1965) Bongo Man - Marcus Garvey (Island, 1965) Sir Lord Tacky - Badder Man (Blank, 1964) The Wailers - Dancing Shoes (Coxsone, 1966) Freddy McKay - Fine Fine Fine (Blank, 1967) Derrick Morgan - Greedy Girl (Blank, 1967) Dandy Livingston - Message TO Rudies (Blank, 1967) The Tartans - What Can I Do (Blank, 1966) Eric Morris - Pack Up (CDC, 1962) Winston Samuels - What Have I Done (Blank, 1965) The Silvertones - Teardrops Will Fall (Blank, 1971) The Barons - Darling Please Return (Blank, 1969) The Dynamites - Tribute To Drumbago (Blank, 1969) The Tennors - Smile (My Baby) (Blank, 1969) I Roy & The Ebony Sisters - Let Me Tell You Boy (Moodisc, 1971) The Melodians - Rivers Of Babylon (Beverley's, 1969) The Paragons - Memories By The Shore (Blank, 1968) Alton Ellis - Let Them Try (Blank, 1968) Jimmy Cliff - Come In To My Life (Blank, 1970) The Music Specialists - Double Dynamite (Blank, 1972) Mark Anthony & The Jets - More Balls (Chappy, 1970) The Crafters - Soul Crackshot (Blank, 1969)