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Lee Perry & The Upsetters – Kentucky Skank (1973)

November 12, 2017 Leave a comment

This is a staggering, mesmerising record which has spaghetti western overtones and some mad sound effects that cut, crack, ring, spring, squeal, clatter, wash and bamboozle …. Lee Perry at the height of his powers!

Released on the Double Seven LP in 1973 (as was the previous post by David Isaacs), the guitar is funk perfection, the rocksteady beat relentless, the brass piercing. Over the top, Mr Perry freestyles his usual cut-up vocals that shouldn’t make sense but do …

 

Okay, Okay. Let’s take it from here

 

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David Isaacs & The Upsetters – Just Enough (To Keep Me Hanging On) (1971)

November 12, 2017 Leave a comment

Yet another outstanding record from possibly the greatest year in popular music history.

I re-stumbled on this while listening to the new Lee Perry double CD set The Trojan Albums Collection (1971-1973) – an absolutely outstanding compilation!

“Just Enough” is achingly lovely; David Isaacs croons gently over some wonderfully understated rocksteady. Produced by Lee Perry at his most reflective. Seems to have originally been released as a single in 1971 before appearing on the Lee Perry LP Double Seven in 1973. The latter is so good, that there will be another from it within the next hour or so …!

Settle back and enjoy the best 190 seconds you will spend today!

It’s true

You’ve got me wrapped around your finger

 

 

 

 

Carlton Jackson – History/Dub History (1977)

June 15, 2017 Leave a comment

Working my way through a Lee “Scratch”Perry boxset, I stumbled upon this fantastic slice of roots reggae from 1977. Carlton Jackson was not a prolific singer but, in just over 8 minutes, he earns his spot in the pantheon of thebestmusicofalltime!

My Rough Guide To Reggae waxes lyrical about this song thus:

 

Just as notable an Upsetter release from 1977 was one of the first 12″ singles to appear in Jamaica. The top side, Carlton Jackson’s “History”, perfectly fused one of Scratch’s most serious rhythms with a lyric that exemplified the word “conscious”. Beginning with an account of how he was sold as a slave in Africa to a European and taken in chains to the Caribbean. the singer tackles the different versions of history to which he has been exposed.

 

Dave Barker and the Upsetters – Tight Spot (1970)

June 14, 2017 Leave a comment

Outstanding track produced by the always slightly unhinged Lee Perry!

One of many reggae tracks with a spaghetti western link. The spoken introduction is priceless and, on its own, elevates this tune to the pantheon of thebestmusicofalltime!

So you come to mash uppa the town, huh?

Well you’re in a tight spot, amigo!

Minimalist guitar over an understated bassline with horns and organs weaving patterns to mess with your mind.

 

 

Vin Gordon – Riding For A Fall (early 1970s)

May 17, 2017 Leave a comment

I first heard this 30 minutes ago and it’s been on repeat play since then! And now it’s been elevated to the pantheon of thebestmusicofalltime!

A quite stunning take on John Holt’s classic “Riding for a Fall” features Vin Gordon overlaying possibly the finest trombone playing I have ever heard (really!) on an already wonderful record.

Produced by Bunny Lee and appearing on another impeccable Pressure Sounds release Tape Rolling!

Perfect reggae!

Rhythm & Sound w/Shalom – We Been Troddin/Troddin (Version) (2002)

March 25, 2017 Leave a comment

The German pair, Moritz von Oswald and Mark Ernestus have made some of the finest minimal and other techno of all time and their Rhythm & Sound moniker is just another outlet for their stellar talent. I’ve previous posted Maurizio (here) and Basic Channel (here) and the latter, of course, are so good they get to appear in the strapline to this blog (the highest of all praise).

With Rhythm & Sound, the focus is on dub and reggae more generally. This track is a throwback to the great reggae of the 70s with both a vocal version and then the dub – perfect! Shalom provides the vocals on this one.

The vocal and then the dub!

 

Jimmy Riley – Poor Immigrant (1982)

June 14, 2016 Leave a comment

Another song that just leapt out of the iPod as I took my daily “constitutional” this morning; this time around the nature reserve in Godmanchester.

Not, as some might anticipate, some carefully chosen social critique shedding some welcome light on the interminable Brexit debate currently limping to its much awaited conclusion next week. Instead, a classic slice of roots reggae originally released in 1982 and then re-released on the stupendous “Live It To Know It” compilation on the still essential Pressure Sounds record label.

Jimmy Riley died in March at the age of 62 – with this record, he leaves the world in a much better place than he found. If only it were longer!

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