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Friday, February 5, 2016

Weekend Reggae from Cliff

(Scott)-Welcome back to Cliff who presents another reggae treasure trove.....I've not heard any of
these albums,  cool theme, as well, utilizing the artists (well some of them) mentioned in the Clash's "White Man In Hammersmith Palais", from which he will quote to begin the post......I'm going to check all of these, with a special effort to get to the Clash-related effort......thanks to Cliff!
Midnight to six man
The first time from Jamaica
Dillinger and Leroy Smart
Delroy Wislon, your cool operator

Taking inspiration from a post a few weeks ago from our main man Scott, I thought I would let a Clash song dictate my latest humble offering to you all. It seems fitting to begin with........

CLASH: Dillinger versus Trinity

In 1970's in Jamaica, deejay business was big and for most popular vocal hits of the day there could be found a version with 'toasted'commentary over the original record. In dancehalls deejays would compete in trying to upstage each other.  Clash albums such as this one became very popular at the tail end of the 1970's and into the 1980's and this includes 2 of the best deejay's from that period. It is a bit misleading to say that it is a Clash album, really it is just a split album with each offering single tracks and the odd duet along the way. But it is good with both Dillinger and Trinity on top form.

Track List: 1 Dillinger: Rizla Skank 2 Trinity: Spike Heel Shoes 3 Dilligner: Natty Dread Ah Carry The Swing 4: Dillinger Natty Dread on the Ball 5: Trinity Jamaican Dollars/6: Dillinger Shelly With the Electric Belly 7: Trinity  Step It Brother Clem 8: Dillinger Stumbling Block 9: Dillinger Cricket Lovely Cricket 10: Dillinger Natty Passing Through a Curfew 11: Dillinger Natty Dread Is Not the Prodigal Son 12: Dillinger Vs Trinity Starsky and Hutch


In London Clinker-Leroy Smart

Leroy Smart for some reason never became internationally known as he should have been.  He was a master of love songs and roots material and his vocals weer full of soul and emotion. They rarely seldom fail to grab you.  He's released well over 30 albums, fair enough I havean't listened to them all but for me this 1977 effort is one of the best. A mix of roots and love material in London Clinker sees Smart at his prime

Track List: 1. Back Out Babylon, 2: Honour Your Mother and Father, 3: It's A Long Time Now, 4: Jennifer, 5: We Want to Know, 6: Your Kisses Are Sweet, 7: Come Let Us have Some Fun, 8: Jah Jah Forgive Them, 9: Know Yourself, 10: Give Praise to Jah, 11: Let Your Heart Be Pure, 12: Life Is a Funny Thing, 13: I Don't Like It, 14: Jah Is Mighty


Good All Over-Delroy Wilson

If you choose to only download one of these albums then it has to be this one.  This is an LP of outstanding rocksteady from both an instrumental and vocal standpoint with the great production of Coxsone Dodds making this album a Studio One classic.  Good All Over includes some of the best material of the rocksteady genre. "Can't Stand It", "Don't Know", "I'm Not a King" and especially "Once Upon a Time" make this a must listen to album

Track List: 1. I Can't Stand It, 2: I love the Way you Walk 3: Rain From the Skies, 4: Who Cares, 5: Money Love, 6: Your Love Is Amazing, 7: Once Upon a Time, 8: Don't Know, 9: Feel Good All Over, 10: I'm Not a King, 11: How Can I Love Someone, 12: Funky Broadway


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