ACEtone's skinny collection of phat JA 45s
Click on the above link for lots of sweetness, a bit of righteousness, a 'ole 'eap of Jah JA music. Just part of my likka collection of JA 45s. I got some of these in Jamaica and some others in NY at the unbeatable Jammyland on 3rd between 1st and 2nd avenues.
Some of this stuff is out there on CD in some shape or form, but as far as I know some of it isn't. Still it's nice to hear it coming from the record player rather than mangled by someone who thinks he knows how it should sound (often getting it wrong).
These are directly digitized with no filtering of any sort. I minimized a few major clicks and normalized. No messing around with music destroying plug-ins.
Track list and credits as follows:
Miss Wire Waist - Carl Malcolm - Impact Records - Prod. Clive Chin
Wire Dub (with skip!) - Skin Flesh and Bone - Prod. Clive Chin
Jah Foundation - Anthony chambers - Freedom Sounds - Prod. Bertram Brown
Jah Foundation Dub - Anthony chambers - Freedom Sounds - Prod. Bertram Brown
In the Right Way - Rod Taylor - Freedom Sounds - Prod. Bertram Brown
In the Right Way (version) - Rod Taylor - Freedom Sounds - Prod. Bertram Brown
I Need Your Love - Phillip Saunders - Freedom Sounds - Prod. Bertram Brown
I Need Your Love (version) - Phillip Saunders - Freedom Sounds - Prod. Bertram Brown
Fancy Make Up - John Holt - Studio One - Prod. Coxsone Dodd
Fancy Make Up (part two) - Sound Dimension - Studio One - Prod. Coxsone Dodd
Ethiopian Kings - Rod Taylor - Freedom Sounds - Prod. Bertram Brown
Ethiopian Kings (version) - Rod Taylor - Freedom Sounds - Prod. Bertram Brown
Danger Zone - Jah Stitch - Success - E. Carter
Dub Zone - Jah Stitch - Success - E. Carter
Blood A Go Run - Prince Alla - Freedom Sounds - Prod. Bertram Brown
Sweet Africa - Don Carlos - Thompson Sound - Prod. Linval Thompson
Sweet Africa (version) - Don Carlos - Thompson Sound - Prod. Linval Thompson
2000 Years - Phillip Fraser - Freedom Sounds - Prod. Bertram Brown
2000 Years (version) - Phillip Fraser - Freedom Sounds - Prod. Bertram Brown
The purpose of this podcast is to share some excellent sounds but most importantly to encourage others to support the artists listed. If anyone has a problem with this, just let me know in the comments. It is not my intention to take anything away - more to add to the legacy of these players and vocalists I love so much.
A few comments on the tracks.
Miss Wire Waist is just such a sweet track. Bought the very worn 45 from Randy's in Kingston JA. I suspect it is an ex Juke Box single (Chin family business). Picked it up in the actual studio space where it was recorded. It was a gratifying experience. So the bacon frying sounds are worth it and the bass still comes through. The dub has a skip. Sadly unavoidable. but to be in the same space as countless wonderful artists had passed through, rummaging through the 45s - an epiphany...in the same space as the track was recorded...still boggles that, that recording space was just let go. It is probably gone completely now...
Jah Foundation. Nice track. I know nothing about Anthony chambers and have never heard any mention of him which is all the more reason to like the obscurity of this. The dub is OK. Sounds like an early Jammy. I really don't know...
In the Right Way by Rod Taylor - one of the Greenwich Farm 'youth men' singers promoted by Bertram Brown. I love this stuff. Blood and Fire have release different sounding versions of this dub version. Nothing wrong with a bit of crackle.
Phillip Saunders is another unknown to me. Perhaps he is a superstar in Croatia or somewhere. I certainly hope so because I like this a lot. The dub is fairly well mutilated by surface noise, but a bit spooky sounding. Not bad at all.
John Holt's Fancy Make Up is surely and exercise in misogyny yet the voice is golden as ever. Jackie Mittoo on the organ. What more could you want? A sax break from Tommy McCook. Not on this track...
Sublime stuff this Rod Taylor track. Tubby on the dub. Nice.
Jah Stitch didn't do a lot but he was good and he has an interesting story concerning a gunshot wound to the head that he weirdly survived and came out of hospital with a different voice. I believe it...do you?
Prince Alla is one of my all time favourites. A bit trebly this. Love the riddim, loose as fuck and super drum fills. Note the possible influence of the young Jacob Miller towards the end - or is it the other way around? This is a vocal on the Only Love Can Conquer track released by Blood and Fire (Only Love Can Conquer) Support him all you can. Buy his records, even the crap ones which are actually pretty highly regarded by others. This guy is a diamond and his missus is as sweet as can be. The B-side of this 45 was some 80's DJ shite I preferred to not include...
Sweet Africa: I must have some more stuff by this guy somewhere. A nice mellow track. The somewhat dull bass line comes into its own in the dub. Drum and Bass YAH!
2000 years: Phillip Fraser again. Tubby (or assistant) shaking chains. A lovely jaunty track with a serious message. A 'ole heap of emoting going on. Nice crude gtr from chinna. The dub? Seems Tubby was high-lighting the guitar at the beginning. Nice progression to spring reverb snare. He must have really liked this song, leaving so much vocal in. It is a very 'safe' dub. Nice though...
Saturday, January 12, 2008
ACEtone's skinny collection of phat JA 45s