Blue Riddim became the first American band to play Sunsplash in Jamaica. “We were voted co-‘Best Band’ of the entire festival,” McLane says. “It blew me away that we blew them away. I was expecting pineapples and cantaloupes thrown at us. We’re playing these old songs, and we’re also from America, and we’re also white. It’s five o’clock in the morning, and they’re going, ‘What in the … ?'”
One of my favorite Dub LP’s with one of my favorite dub songs Iron Sharpen Iron Dub. Mixed by the great Errol Brown this comes from a vinyl rip of my LP. The LP is long Out of Print, but the tracks have been reissued on CD. I love the warm sound of my LP’s so I decided to share this one even though it is not 100% OOP.
Culture – Culture In Dub
Sky Note LP #SKY LP 16 1978
High Note LP #
Record date : 1978
Album style : roots, dub
Playlist : Everyday Love Dub Skilful Dub Iron Sharp Dub Tropical Dub Fever Heavenly Dub Harder Than The Rest Freedom Jam Deep Root Dub
Black Uhuru – Buffalo, NY 9-16-1984 Soundboard Complete Show
A really great recording from the massive Uhuru right before they would split and reform with Jr. Reid in 1985. I really enjoy hearing live version of What is Life and Solidarity.
Shine eye gal Plastic smile I Love King Selassie Solidarity Darkness What is Life Sponji Reggae Abortion General Penitentiary Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner Happiness World is Africa Sensimilla (labeled as track 1 but is beginning of round 2)
The Jamaica World Music Festival in Montego Bay on Nov 27, 1982 was part of a 3 day event that combined rock, pop, soul and reggae artists. The festival never became the annual event it was hoped to become, but lucky for fans most of the show has become available to collectors. Some of the other bands that played at the festival included The Clash, The Grateful Dead, Aretha Franklin, The Talking Head, The English Beat, Toots and The Maytals, Rita Marley and The Melody Makers, and the historic and controversial set from Peter Tosh. Here in its complete form is the wicked set from Black Uhuru who were in top form in 1982. This recording comes from the master tape so it is as good as quality you can get without a studio remaster. I will feature other sets from some of the other artists in future posts.
I am a big fan of Linton Kwesi Johnson. His Dread Beat and Blood was one of the most played piece of vinyl on my turntable back in the mid 80’s. This show from Stockholm captures Linton in his prime with the Dennis Bovell Dub Band. It was broadcast on the radio and I give thanks to those document and share rare unreleased roots like this show.
Today’s special is one of the oldest recording of the great roots harmony group Israel Vibration. To me I-Vibes are only the original trio, they might still carry on with the name but nothing compares to the beautiful sound the group in their hay-day with the original three members Wise, Apple, and Skully. Enjoy this rare treat, I think there is only one other Israel Vibration show from 1979 and that is from Sunplash in Jamaica.
June 16th 1976 Live at the Hammersmith Odeon, London
A very nice recording from the soundboard. Maybe a tad slow, I don’t mess with pitch control with transferring tapes. I try to leave history as exact as it was documented. Bob and the Wailers did a run of shows at the Odeon from June 15th thru the 18th. His mark as the king of reggae was solidified this year with these shows and the ones at the Lyceum show he now had the band in top for and was ready to conquer the world with his messages and positive energy.