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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!

King Stitt – Christmas Tree (1970)

December 24, 2014 Leave a comment

Almost certainly the best Christmas record you’ve never heard. The bass and guitar on this are difficult to better.

At this festive time of year, my main responsibilities in our house are twofold: firstly, keep well out of the way to avoid doing something wrong or unhelpful, and; secondly, to iron the Christmas tablecloth and napkins …

At the latter, I am stunningly good – no crease is firm enough to withstand a combination of my steam iron and that water spray type thing that you need to deploy in only the most exceptional circumstances. A quiet hush always falls on the family as I ceremonially unfurl this year’s masterpiece of ironing skill. (Fellow ironing aficionados will already be familiar with the XtremeIroning site which can be found here – well worth a look to see how glamorous ironing can get!)

However, betraying the urban legend that men can’t multi-task, I have also managed to combine some world-class ironing with listening to the Trojan Christmas Box Set .. in so doing, I turned up this outstanding slice of rocksteady from 1970. Even if it hadn’t been topical for today, this track would have merited an appearance on this blog.

King Stitt is an all-time favourite of mine, resist if you can his exhortation to:

 

Drink Wine, Feel Fine!!

 

Linval Thompson – Jah Jah Dreader Than Dread (Extended Mix) (1978)

December 16, 2014 Leave a comment

Working my way through a pile of Trojan Records Box Sets over the last few days, I stumbled upon this stone cold classic. Effectively the original and dub versions spliced together.

Six minutes of relentless roots reggae with unbelievable bass and guitar. Linval’s vocals just soar and perfection is attained. Impossible to play too loud unless your house has dodgy foundations.

I have the complete collection of Blood & Fire and Pressure Sounds CDs and there is not really a bad one among the 150+ releases ….. The 71 (I have 66!) Trojan Box Sets are a little less consistent but remain an absolute treasure trove of reggae gold and I’ve already posted a couple of tracks (both by Ronnie Davis) from other releases here and here.

Turn up loud.

Lord Invader and His Calypso Rhythm Boys – Teddy Boy Calypso (Bring Back the Cat-o-Nine) (1959)

April 19, 2013 1 comment

First post for several weeks and had no choice but to spring back into blogging action after stumbling upon this remarkable record after dinner this evening.

I’ve been reading a lot of books on 1950s/1960s Britain recently and this song captures the age perfectly. Released on Pye Records in 1959 by Lord Invader, the song is a passionate call for the application of corporal punishment to those pesky Teddy Boys. And all this from a Trinidadian born in 1914 …!

The lyrics:

The only thing to stop these hooligans from causing panic in Great Britain,

The only thing to stop these Teddy Boys from causing panic in England,

Well I hope that the Government see they need another kind of punishment,

I say one thing to cool down this crime is to bring back the old time cat-o-nine.

 

CHORUS:

So the old time cat-o-nine beat them bad and they bound to change their mind,

Send them to Dartmoor with licks like fire and they bound to surrender.

 

The police is working harder and harder to see this thing go no further,

Every night they on duty to safeguard us from violence and robbery,

But they would not stop at all, Peter is going to pay for Paul,

I say one thing to cool down this crime is to bring back the old time cat-o-nine.

 

And in the days of Judge Hitchins, as you know, nothing never happen so,

Any man pass under his hand can tell you of the rod of correction,

He used to treat them meek and mild, he never spare the rod to spoil the child,

I say one thing to cool down this crime let’s thrash them with the old time cat-o-nine

 

And every night they’re walking about in a band attacking woman and man,

You see that though they have no respect for no person beating innocent people,

But the judge and the juries, can settle this thing easily,

I say the cat is the only H-Bomb to drop and this “Robustness” must stop

 

Ronnie Davis – Rastaman Chant (1970s)

October 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Working my way through a big pile of reggae CDs this morning, I stumbled upon this stone cold classic that I couldn’t remember hearing before.

Apparently, this is a version of a “Traditional” piece and worth noting that Bob Marley also recorded it on The Wailers’ classic Burnin’ LP released in 1973. However, the Ronnie Davis reading is so much better!

I have posted Ronnie Davis on this blog before (check here for the awe inspiring “False Leaders”) but information about him seems to be remarkably sparse on the interweb. As such, difficult to pin down a precise release date.

The track is available on the “Grounation” compilation and on the Trojan “Bob Marley Covers Box Set” (even though it doesn’t seem to be a Bob Marley original). This on Youtube ….

The Clash – White Man In Hammersmith Palais/The Prisoner (1978)

June 26, 2012 1 comment

Quite simply one of the best A and B side combinations in history …

There have been some great “double A-sides” such as the Strawberry Field Forever/Penny Lane release by The Beatles and Going Underground/Dreams of Children by The Jam (insert your personal favourites in the comment box below!)

What sets this apart is that “The Prisoner” was meant to be a definite B-side but turns out for significant numbers of Clash fans to be their favourite track of all time by the band.

The lyrics on both sides of the single are top drawer. The opening stanza on “White Man” sets the scene ..

Midnight to six man

For the first time from Jamaica

Dillinger and Leroy Smart

Delroy Wilson, your cool operator

The killer couplet towards the end observes that:

If Adolf Hitler flew in today

They’d send a limousine anyway

Quite.

In “The Prisoner”, more namechecks for the Jamaican sound systems …

Johnny Too Bad meets Johnny B. Goode in the Charing Cross Road

The only thing that happened today is the West End jungle code

All the Germans and all the French jam themselves down the tube

And re-enact the second world war while the rude boys get rude!

The A-side then the B-side. Pop, rock, punk, reggae perfection.

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