Reggae in the Grass – Various Artists [1969]

Reggae in the Grass - Various Artists [1969]

Reggae in the Grass - Various Artists [1969]

Reggae in the Grass - Various Artists [1969]

Digging the stencil font on what is quite a weird picture. Looks like a cult, everyone seem oblivious to each other – like those ‘silent raves’ where you wear headphones. The photography is credited to Jackie Estick.

This cover is actually a lovely snapshot of a very different time. Compare this to images from modern dancehall raves πŸ˜‰

This is a nice collection of relatively light rock-steady tracks from the likes of John Holt, Bob Andy and others.

Tracklist
A1 Sound Dimension – Reggae In The Grass
A2 Bob Andy – Feeling Soul
A3 John Holt – Darling I Need Your Loving
A4 Roy Richards – 100 Pounds Of Clay
A5 Larry & Alvin – She Will Never Let Go
A6 Bob & Marcia – Really Together
B1 Larry & Alvin – Nanny Goat
B2 Clive Alphonso -Moving Together
B3 Val Bennett – Bogie Reggae
B4 Delroy Wilson – Easy Snappin
B5 Consumates, The – Do The Right Thing
B6 Sound Dimension – Reggae For Days

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Prince Buster – Wreck A Pum Pum [1968]

Prince Buster wreck a pum pum

Prince Buster wreck a pum pum

“Welcome To Jamaica” indeed – trapped liked a rabbit in the headlights of Buster’s ‘Pum Pum’ aiming sights; was this posed for or was it a gonzo ‘street photo’ where one of the ‘All Stars’ jumped out and snapped her?

Either way, she looks genuinely worried and the photo gives off a tangible sense of fear; don’t wreck it Buster, you may want to use it again at some point in the future.

This was first released in 1968 on FAB Records, and depending on your viewpoint it you’ll find it either a cheeky and bawdy collection of fantastic rocksteady dance tunes, or a collection of slightly misogynistic but fantastic rocksteady dance tunes.

Our opinion: A wonderful collection of 1960s slackness fun.

Prince Buster could teach the 2Live Crew a thing or two when he is in his ‘slackness’ mode, as he is here.

Track Listing:

  • A1 Wreck A Pum Pum
  • A2 Wreck A Buddy
  • A3 Rough Rider
  • A4 Pum Pum A Go Will You
  • A5 Whine And Grine
  • A6 Ten Commandments
  • B1 Beg You Little More
  • B2 Pussy Cat Bite Me
  • B3 Pharaoh House Crash
  • B4 The Abeng
  • B5 Train To Girls’ Town
  • B6 Stir The Pot

Listen To It
Listen to ‘Wreck A Pum Pum’ by Prince Buster. Gotta love those horns…

Listen to ‘Rough Rider’ by Prince Buster:

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Pretty tough to find now, but CD’s often pop up online, so it’s worth checking these links:

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The Heptones – The Heptones (Studio One) – 1967

The Heptones - The Heptones (Studio One) - 1967

The Heptones - The Heptones (Studio One) - 1967

This is a special album and deserves a place in anyone’s collection.

The early Studio One album covers were usually joyous and uncynical affairs. Artists always looked thrilled to be recording an album and having their photo taken for the cover – Sunday best and church clothes were mandatory, as were big smiles. There was a cleanness about the design with the focus always on the artist; leafing though many of the original Studio One album covers are like browsing through someone’s old photograph album where photos were taken at special occasions and everyone was usually dressed up.

Anyway, enough of the dewy-eyed nostalgia.

This was the first album from The Heptones and it was released on Studio One records in 1967 and it was a huge rock-steady hit. The Heptones were one of the key groups who managed to transition successfully from the rock-steady era of the 60s into the roots reggae era of the 70s whilst still remaining an important and artistically creative force.

Produced by Coxsone Dodd it is packed full of classic hits. “Baby”, which is featured on this album, remains a personal favourite of ours and is a track that never fails to give us a lift no matter how many times we have played it.

It could also be argued that this album (as with many of the Studio One originals) also played a role in the emergence of DJ music and ultimately dancehall and rap. For example, would Dennis Alcapone’s ‘Baby Version’ have been as big a hit as it was if The Heptones track wasn’t such a solid tune to DJ over?

The Heptones (Studio One)
Track List:
1. Fattie Fattie
2. Why Must I
3. Only Sixteen
4. Mama
5. The Best Things In Life
6. Gee Wee
7. I’ve Got A Feeling
8. Tripe Girl
9. Baby
10. Let’s Fall In Love
11. Take A Tip From Me
12. Cry Baby Cry
13. Why Did You Leave [CD re-release]
14. Get In The Groove [CD re-release]

Listen To It
Listen to “Baby” by The Heptones:

Listen to “The Best Things In Life” by The Heptones:

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The Gaylads – Soul Beat [1967]

The Gay Lads - Soul Beat

This is the Studio 1 release of The Gay Lads 1960’s ‘Soul Beat’. I love the grainy photo and the text.

This album was released in 1967 and was produced by the legendary Coxsone Dodd.

It’s a rather sombre album cover that doesn’t really match the uplifting and joyous tracks on the record. The photo on the cover looks like something from the 1800s as opposed to the 1960s – plus they have all managed to look in completely different directions whilst having their photo taken. Nice work boys.

This is an album packed full of great harmonies and rolling basslines, and stands as a fine testament to high standard of 1960s Jamaican vocal groups.

Track Listing:

  1. Picular Man
  2. How Can I Go On
  3. Red Rose
  4. The Soul Beat
  5. I Am Free
  6. Love Me With All Your Heart
  7. Walk The Proud Land
  8. Simple Way Of Living
  9. Wait On Me
  10. You Are Leaving Now
  11. Go Away
  12. She Cryed
  13. She Want It *
  14. Joy In The Morning *

Listen To It

Listen to The Gay Lads – The Soul Beat (Studio One):

Listen to The Gaylads – Love Me With All Your Heart:

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  • Browse the Gaylads catalogue on Amazon.com
  • Browse the Gaylads catalogue on Amazon.co.uk
  • Desmond Dekker and the Aces – Action! (1968)

    Desmond Dekker and the Aces – Action! (1968)
    This is as good as it gets, an incredible photo show Desmond Dekker and The Aces live on stage, the composition of the photo is so good it almost looks staged.

    And you’ve just got to love the matching socks of ‘The Aces’, while Desmond gets to dress up like a Jamaican ‘Fonz’. The Rock Steady era produced some wonderful album sleeve designs.

    This was released on “Beverley’s” Record Label.

    Track Listing:

    • Mother Pepper
    • Don’t Blame Me
    • You’ve Got Your Troubles
    • Personal Possession
    • Unity
    • 007 (Shanty Town)
    • It Pays
    • Young Generation
    • Mother Long Tongue
    • Sabotage
    • Mother’s Young Girl
    • Keep A Cool Head
    • Shing A Ling *
    • Unforgetable *
    • Gimme Gimme *
    • Fu Man Chu *

    This is pretty hard to get hold of now, but you can pick up copies on CD from time to time – the good news is that most of the tracks are available on many of the Desmond Dekker compilations that are readily available form download.

    Listen To It
     
     

    Listen to ‘Sabotage’ by Desmond Dekker and the Aces:

    Listen to ‘007 (Shanty Town)’ by Desmond Dekker and the Aces:

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    Its pretty hard to get this exact album now, and to our knowledge it has not yet been made available in MP3 format, but most of the tracks are at least available on compilations and others albums: