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Bunny Striker Lee

Reggae Going International 1967-76


    This year is the 50th anniversary of Bunny Lee arrived in London. To celebrate this historic event we are releasing this greatest hits package of Bunny Striker Lee an icon in the world of Reggae. This Deluxe Double vinyl album is limited to 175 on Red vinyl,175 on Green Vinyl and 175 on Gold Vinyl. The three wonderful colours of the Jamaican flag.

    Various Artists

    Skinhead Hits The Town 1968-1969

      The 'skinhead' sound grew from the music that was coming out of Jamaica around 1968 to 1971 and was adopted by the British youth. The music seemed tailor made for their sharp look and natty dress style, a style that was heavily influenced by the Jamaican 'rude boy' look. The skinhead movement started around 1968 and by the following year it became the style fashion of English teenagers. The uniform consisted of boots, braces and jeans and the upbeat sound of reggae seemed to match the style perfectly. The tempo of the music seemed to pick up around 1966 to 1968 - the Rocksteady period, which was when the earlier Ska sound slowed down.
      The sound system dances needed a slower bear to swing the night away to, some say to cater for the extreme heatwave that hit Jamaica around that time.
      Here's a bunch of tunes that would have provided a sound track to those heady times, so sit back and enjoy some of the tunes the youths were listening to when the skinheads hit town….

      Horace Andy has always commanded a place high on the list of Reggae singers from Jamaica. His distinctive haunting vocal style stands strong on any rhythm, song or style he chooses to cover.Of the singers on that long list he has managed more so than any other to crossover to a new generation of listeners due to his individual style helped also by his collaborations with the likes of Massive Attack, Horace began his musical career at Coxonne Dodds Studio One,After numerous singles and with two albums worth of material Horace moved on to work with many of the top flight Jamaican producers, among them Keith Hudson, Augustus Pablo and Niney the Observer. But it was his work with producer Bunny Striker Lee in the 70’s that he cut most of his hits for and its from this stable of work we have compiled this set.
      So sit back and enjoy the one and only Horace Andy….

      Linval Thompson is one of the great roots vocalists that ruled the dancehalls of Jamaica in the mid 1970’s. His distinctive vocal style and roots lyrics that spoke of the struggles that faced Rastas, hit a chord with the people of Jamaica and provided a string of hits for him in the dancehalls. Thompson was actually raised in Queens, and recorded his first single there, aged 16 ("No Other Woman"). After cutting a few early singles he was noticed by Phil Pratt, who promptly took the emerging singer to Perry's Black Ark studio where he cut "King Fu Man". Thompson’s friendship with fellow singer Johnny Clarke led to a meeting with producer Bunny Lee. His first track cut for Lee was "Don’t cut off your Dreadlocks" (featured here) and it became a big hit in Jamaica. Bunny Lee was the producer of the moment and Linval added a variety of songs to his catalogue (also featured here): "Big Big Girl", "Cool Down Your Temper", "Ride On Dreadlocks" and the title of this compilation "Jah Jah is the Conqueror". Whilst working in and around reggae music for many years after these recordings, including collaborations with Freddie McGregor, Johnny Osbourne, Barry Brown and many more; it is the mid 1970's chapter that Kingston Sounds have decided to focus on for this set - soulful, honest, roots reggae music. Top stuff.

      The shuffle rhythm that was born from the American rhythm and blues tunes that hit Jamaica in the 1950s would soon fuse under its Jamaican influence and find an emphasis on the second and fourth bars of the beat. This off-beat would create the ska sound and no fine exponent of this in the sounds early days was Theo Beckford. Theophilus 'Easy Snapping' Beckford (born 1935, Kingston, Jamaica) began his musical career in the mid 50s and had after only two years mastered his instrument of choice the piano. His first hit for Coxonne Dodd's Worldisc label was the classic "Easy Snapping". He had created his own laid back style that simply rolled off his piano and his musical arrangements became the backbone of so many early Ska tunes. His services were soon in demand with not only Coxonne Dodd but all the other top flight producers of the time, Duke Reed, Beverley's, Prince Buster and Clancy Eccles. His session work alongside his playing as part of the big group of the time Clue J and His Blues Blasters, that would eventually morph into the legendary Skatalites, meant that his fingers were truly on the musical pulse of the time. Kingston Sounds have compiled some great early ska cuts for this release that have been touched with the T. Beckford magic. Some of his own classic hits "Flip,Flop And Fly" (aka "Walking Down King Street"), "Mr Downpressor" the fantastic "Don't Have A Ticket Don't Worry". His poignant duo of "Grudgeful People" and "Ungrateful People" and two other timeless tracks "What A Woe" and "Boilerman". Alongside some of his productions for some of the other long – forgotten hero's of the early ska sound: Basil Gabiddon's "Streets of Glory", Frank Cosmo's "On Your Knees", Shenley And Annette's "Now You're Gone" and Daniel Johnson's uplifting "Come On My People".

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