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22 July 2013

2 KING JAMMY'S 4CD box sets out today !

2 massive 4CD box sets celebrating the great work of King Jammys are out today:

Vocal Superstars including four albums produced by the King : 
Dennis Brown The Exit, Gregory Isaacs Come Along
Sugar Minott Showcase and Horace Andy Haul And Jack-Up.
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And Rootsman Vibrations including the four following albums:
Johnny Osbourne Fally Ranking, Hugh Mundell Jah Fire
Barry Brown Showcase and Noel Phillips Youth Man Vibrations

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Let's start first with Rootsman Vibrations
Rootsman Vibrations At King Jammy’s collects up four off Prince Jammy most sought after roots testaments. Folly Ranking issued in 1980 at the height of Johnny Osbourne fever contains some of Bumpy’s best performances including Mr WalkerJah OverTrench Town School and of course the massive hit title track. The year also saw the crucial pairing of Hugh Mundell and Lacksley Castell for the release of the Jah Fire roots summit. With Mundell performing at his peak for Jah FireWalk With Jah and King Of Israel, and Lacksley Castell delivering in his signature Waterhouse style on tracks like Be My Princess Million MilesJah Fire reminds us what a tragic loss the music world suffered when these two shining talents were taken from us so young. Barry Brown’s Showcase album from the same year was unleashed in true drum and bass Jammy fashion with Best Thing In LifeIt Ago DreadSchool Days… stretching out 12” style to deliver a Waterhouse rock solid vocal and dub masterpiece. Noel Phillips big break came when Jammy voiced the Maverley youth for the classic Youth Man / Living In The Ghetto double-sider. Its success would lead to the release the following year of the Youth Man Vibrations album and its ten tracks did not disappoint. As well as both sides of the aforementioned single many further classics were to be found including Money Man Skank and while Noel would go on to even greater success as Echo Minott, for many it’s these early roots recordings that are still his most in-demand and affectionately remembered cuts.

CD1 JOHNNY OSBOURNE Folly Ranking
1980’s Folly Ranking includes the original lick of Mr Marshall as recently re-visioned with Major Lazer as Jah No Partial. Masterfully produced and engineered by Prince Jammy and riddim driven by Sly & Robbie in the engine room Folly Ranking is brim full of classic sides including Jah Ovah, Trench Town School and of course the massive hit title track.

 1. Mr Walker 
 2. Jah Ovah 
 3. Cool Down 
 4. Trench Town School 
 5. Fret You A Fret
 6. Folly Ranking 
 7. Love Song 
 8. Live Right 
 9. Mr Marshall 
10. Time Is Getting Dread

CD2 HUGH MUNDELL / LACKSLEY CASTELL Jah Fire
Crucial Prince Jammy pairing of Hugh Mundell and Lacksley Castell for this 1980 roots summit. Jah Fire finds Mundell performing at his peak on Jah Fire Will Be Burning, Walk With Jah & King Of Israel and Lacksley Castell delivering in his signature Waterhouse style on tracks like Be My Princess & Million Miles. Jah Fire Will Be Burning was one of the most sought after dubplates when it was premiered as Bottomless Pit now at last again it’s available here to all.

1. Lacksley Castell - Be My Princess 
2. Hugh Mundell - Jah Fire Will Be Burning 
3. Hugh Mundell - Walk With Jah 
4. Hugh Mundell - King Of Israel
5. Lacksley Castell - Million Miles 
6. Lacksley Castell - My Woman Can 
7. Lacksley Castell - You Over There 
8. Lacksley Castell - Black Sheep 


CD3 BARRY BROWN Showcase
Barry Brown’s 1980 Showcase album  was unleashed in true drum and bass Prince Jammy fashion with Conscious DreadIt A Go Dread, School Days, Ain’t Gonna Turn Back (with DJ Scorcher), stretching out twelve inch style to deliver a Waterhouse rock solid vocal and dub masterpiece

1. Best Thing In Life 
2. Conscious Dread 
3. Aint Gonna Turn Back
4. It A Go Dread 
5. School Days





CD4 NOEL PHILLIPS Youth Man Vibrations
Noel Phillips big break came in 1980 when Jammy voiced the Maverley youth for the classic Youth Man / Living In The Ghetto double-sider. When the Youth Man Vibrations album dropped a year later as well as both sides of the aforementioned single many further classics were to be found including Money Man Skank and while Noel would go on to even greater success as Echo Minott, for many it’s these early roots recordings that are still his most in-demand and affectionately remembered cuts.

 1. Youth Man 
 2. Pauline 
 3. Looking Someone 
 4. Living In The Ghetto 
 5. Jah No Dead
 6. Money Man Skank 
 7. Jungle Living 
 8. Love Light 
 9. Be My Woman 
10. Slavery Days

Now let's go through Vocal Superstars


The success of Prince Jammy as a producer saw the superstars of reggae music form a line to record at his Waterhouse stronghold to be a part of the Waterhouse hit machine.
Sugar Minott’s Bitter Sweet found the Black Roots star voicing  classic after classic including Give The PeopleNever Too Young & I’m Not For Sale to deliver one of 1979’s stand out albums. 1985 saw a return to creative form for Dennis Brown in the recording of two fine albums for Jammy, The Exit, the first of those acclaimed sets yielded the hit single Material Girl and overall this is solid set from the crown prince of reggae that is long overdue re-evaluation.
Gregory Isaacs’s Come Along from ‘88 is another example of Jammy’s skill at getting the best out of his artists for this is acknowledged as one of the Cool Rulers finest later period albums with the mellow mood set by Gregory’s fine vocal performance and well thought out song selection including the hits Give Love A Try & Bits And Pieces.
Horace Andy’s global superstardom brought about by his team-ups with Massive Attack was just around the corner but Horace’s work with Studio One & Bunny Lee had already sealed his rightful place in the Reggae hall of fame. Haul & Pull Up recorded in 1987 for King Jammy and featuring Sleepy on fine form on songs like Come In A Dis & Must Have Fe Get It was another stepping stone on his path to future glory.

CD1 DENNIS BROWN The Exit
1985 latter day classic from The Crown Prince Of Reggae includes the smash hits Material Girl and The Exit. Dennis voiced in fine style over a crucial selection of Jammy rhythms like Happy Times, E20, No Warrior etc. Backed by Steely&Clevie and The Super Power All Stars.
1. History
2. We Should Make Love
3. Too Late
4. Up-Full One
5. Tracks Of Life
6. Material Girl
7. The Exit
8. Dance All Night
9. I'll Be Waiting There


CD2 GREGORY ISAACS Come Along
Highly rated late 80’s come back set from the Cool Ruler, include the hits You Can Have The Bits, Take A Look, Give Love A Try. Produced by King Jammy with Bobby Digital at the controls.
 1. Take A Look 
 2. You’re Like An Angel 
 3. Do Your Own Thing 
 4. Kinky Lady 
 5. Sip Of Wine 
 6. Curfew 
 7. First Class Lover 
 8. Give Love A Try 
 9. Bits And Pieces 
10. No Good Girl

CD3 SUGAR MINOTT Bitter Sweet
Classic 1979 Prince Jammy production mixed at King Tubby’s. includes the hits I’m Not For Sale, Never Too Young, Right Track. All-star line-up of musicians incl. Sly&Robbie, Ansel Collins, Augustus Pablo...
1. I’m Not For Sale 
2. Give The People 
3. Never Too Young 
4. Be Careful 
5. Right Track 
6. Can't Get Over 
7. Save The Children 
8. This World




CD4 HORACE ANDY Haul And Jack-Up
Rated late 80’s sets from the legendary Horace Andy on the verge of his Massive Attack crossover success, includes the hits Come In A Dis and Must Have Fe Get It. Produced by King Jammy with Bobby Digital at the controls.

 1. Girl Of My Dreams 
 2. Haul And Jack Up 
 3. Sweet Reggae Music 
 4. Give Me Some Money 
 5. Live And Save Life 
 6. One Side Love Affair 
 7. Love Light Of Mine 
 8. Babylon A Come 
 9. Come In A This 
10. Must Have Fe Get It

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