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Reggae . Dub . Dancehall . Ska . Rocksteady

WEEK STARTING 21 Apr

Genre pick of the week Cover of Far As I Can See / Mr Landlord by The Breadwinners.

The Breadwinners

Far As I Can See / Mr Landlord

Horus Records is proud to bring to you our third release, one that we feel is very special indeed. From Stockport’s Breadwinners comes a discomix extravaganza featuring a number of guest vocalists / musicians. This is true roots music that harks back to the productions of 1970s Jamaica, so expect raw vocal cuts followed by well-crafted dub and instrumental versions that you’ll want to hear again and again! Al ‘Breadwinner’ is a one man band and studio owner, who created these tracks using vintage recording equipment, ¼” tape, spring reverbs and analogue delays, and all live playing!

On side A we get 'Far As I Can See'. This dark meandering, tumbling roots creation is raw, gritty, all-analogue music-making at its finest. Also bear in mind that this is a TRIPLE discomix; yes that’s right, three versions on one side! The first of which comes courtesy of vocalist City Culture - originally hailing from Manchester, Jamaica, now resident in Manchester, England. That is then followed by a soaring alto sax version from the mysterious Stally, and concluding with a masterful dub of the vocal side conducted by the mighty Breadwinner himself.

On side B 'Mr Landlord' is reminiscent of Lee Perry's productions from the mid-70s Black Ark studios. This discomix has an altogether different feel to the Side A. The mellow groove and vocals of fellow Manchester man Stevie carry you away as he sings about Al’s tormenting landlord. The dub once again comes courtesy of the Breadwinner, and this time it really gets crazy!

Johnny Osbourne And The Sensations

Come Back Darling

180 gram vinyl reissue of classic 1970 album from Johnny Osbourne and the Sensations, who is joined by Boris Gardner and the Love People as well. The sound is definitely on that jaunty early reggae tip, with lively basslines, chirpy organ licks, horns and melodica. The album is produced by Winston Riley, and intersperses Osbourne's vocal cuts with instrumentals.  Comes complete with a full colour insert of pictures, biography and track by track breakdown.

The Upsetter Revue / King Scratch

Play On, Mr. Music / Dread Lion

Japanese label Drum & Bass / Rock A  Shacka dig deep once again and come up with two essentials from Lee Perry's Black Ark studio. On side A The Upsetter Revue, which features The Heptones, The Congos and Junior Murvin on vocals no less, drop the totally sublime 'Play On, Mr. Music'.  The result of an impromptu studio jam, captured on celluloid for Jeremy Marre’s Roots Rock Reggae documentary in May 1977, the track celebrates the undeniable pull of Perry’s musical artistry, with both musicians and onlookers enhanced by the uplifting qualities of a spliff. With the Heptones’ rousing harmony given extra depth by backing from the Congos, the rhythm is given its melodic anchor by bassist and bandleader Boris Gardiner, rhythmically tied to the pounding of foundation drummer Mikey Boo. And we’ve got Robbie Lyn on the keyboards and Junior Murvin picking out some intricate guitar licks, seated on the studio floor, to counter-balance the treble spectrum. Roping everything together with heavy swathes of trademark phaser and delay is the mastermind himself, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, with one of his magnetic mirror master mixes, dubbing the track to oblivion, and back again. The flipside is a rare alternate mix of the Upsetters’ ‘Dread Lion,’ a song that had an unusual genesis: saxophonist Dean Fraser came to the Ark in 1975 to record ‘Concrete Castle King,’ which he sang as vocalist, for the song’s composer, guitarist Lloyd ‘Gitsy’ Willis, who had been a member of the Wailers backing band during their formative period with Perry. The song was recorded at the Ark with bassist Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett, drummer Robert Stevenson, who had been playing with Fraser and Willis in Sonny Bradshaw’s band, along with Willis on guitar, Fraser on tenor sax, and Calvin ‘Bubbles’ Cameron on trombone.

Compiled and annotated by Lois Wilson (Mojo, Record Collector), Get On The Right Track brings together 90 magnificent recordings, mostly R&B, but with a smattering of jazz and ska, which reflect what mods would have been enjoying on the early to mid sixties club scene.

When Jamaican born Duke Vin, a former DJ on Tom “The Great” Sebastian’s Beat Street System, set up his own system in 1955, he got the place jumping. The sound system was like nothing London had witnessed before. It was loud, exciting and had no curfew. Duke Vin inspired Count Suckle, another Ladbroke Grove resident, who set up a rival system and the pair soundtracked the first generation West Indians’ blues parties with a playlist of US R&B 45s. Club Eleven and the Flamingo attracted newly settled Jamaicans too. Out of these clubs and sound systems, mod grew.

These mods were defined by their impeccable music taste and their smart clobber. They would dance their nights away at the Scene, to records spun by Guy Stevens, the UK Sue label manager and one of mod’s main pivots. They also frequented the Marquee and Count Suckle’s Roaring Twenties. The first two discs on 'Get On The Right Track' collect together the R&B, blues, soul, jazz and ska singles you would have heard at such clubs. Disc 3, meanwhile, captures the sounds from the same period (many of which were unreleased in the UK at the time) that light up the mod scene today.

'Get On The Right Track' has been carefully compiled to avoid track overlap with Fantastic Voyage’s previous mod collection 'Boogie Chillen', and is also available as a 2LP vinyl collector’s edition, featuring 32 of the most sought-after tracks and a colour insert.


FORMAT INFORMATION

2xLP Info: 2LP vinyl collector’s edition featuring 32 of the most sought-after tracks from the 90-track 3CD set.


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Sun 20th - 7:14
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