News of reggae legend Jimmy Cliff working with Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong first appeared back in August. With a full-length record promised in early 2012, an EP was mentioned for November. Now word comes that the EP Sacred Fire will come at us two ways: as a regular release and a Record Store Day “Black Friday” special edition release. [Source]
A collection of 10 songs recorded by Nirvana in a reggae style, the album is the brainchild of Prince Fatty, aka Mike Pelanconi and the Mutant Hi-Fi, aka Nick Coplowe, and it features the vocal talents of Little Roy, one of the great singers from Jamaican music’s classic era in the 1960s and ’70s, who cut tunes with Studio One, Matador, Prince Buster and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. [Source]
Rudy, A Message to You is a 1967 rocksteady song by Dandy Livingstone. The song later achieved broader success when in 1979, The Specials cover, titled A Message to You, Rudy, reached Number 10 in the UK chart. Veteran trombone player Rico Rodriguez played on both Dandy’s and The Specials’ versions.
Later on in 1968, Romeo wrote new lyrics for the rhythm track of Derrick Morgan’s “Hold You Jack” and handed them over to Lee. Morgan, who was due to add his vocals to the track, ultimately gave it a miss, as did several other vocalists (including John Holt and Slim Smith), leading the producer to turn to Romeo to sing the lyrics he had written. The result, “Wet Dream”, was an instant hit in Jamaica, although in the UK it was met with a BBC Radio ban, despite Romeo’s somewhat-disingenuous claim that the song was actually about a roof that has a leak!
Written by Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, the song originally appeared on The Wailers’ 1973 album Burnin’. It was recorded and played live in numerous versions by The Wailers and Bob Marley & The Wailers, along with solo versions by Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer. It was later included on the compilations Legend and Rebel Music, among others.
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Once again, it takes a German company to unearth and reissue a lost treasure of American music. When singer Wayne Jarrett was working at the peak of his powers, he was part of the stable of Wackie’s, the Bronx-based label owned by Lloyd “Bullwackies” Barnes. Wackie’s output has languished in obscurity for 20 years and now appears to be owned by a collective of German DJs and producers, which is gradually reissuing the label’s somewhat uneven but sometimes revelatory back catalog. This one is one of the best items.
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Produced by Roy Francis on his JA Phase One label, not included on the excellent Blood & Fire Children Of Jah CD this is a 7” edited version from the 12” seperating the vocal from the DJ cut (to follow). From 1977 Waiting In The Park by The Chantells, check out the LP of same title this track has the horns version on it………enjoy!!
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