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Various Artists - Return To Orange Street

KINGSTON SOUNDS

  • £11.70
Genre: Dub Reggae
Format: CD
Catalogue No.: KSCD009 
B/C 5036848002963
Release Date: 23rd November 2020

From 1968 through to the mid 1970’s the reggae beat began to slow down,some say due to the extreme heat hitting down onto Kingston Town and its surrounding enclaves. People needed
something less strenuous to dance to. The Ska and Rocksteady Sounds (see 101 Orange Street KS007) that rocked Jamaica previously, had now found a slower tempo and become more ‘Dread’ lyrically to suit the times. Reggae music has always moved within the social climate it found itself in and this set here, as we ‘Return To Orange Street’ was ROOTS ROCK REGGAE TIME....

The Rastafarian message that runs through this collection of ‘Reality’, sometimes labelled ‘Sufferers’ music,is strong and works on many levels. It can come across on a heavy rhythm and vocal cut. Its example represented here by Prince Jazzbo’s ‘Dread in a Earth’ and ‘I Roy’s ‘Roots Man Time’, moving through to the popular new sounds of the DJ’s working over an old rhythm and alongside its existing vocal. As with Busty Brown working with Delroy Wilson's ‘Know Your Friend’ and Mr Jah Stitch working over Johnny Clarke’s ‘Roots Natty Roots’ to produce an even more dreader ‘True Born African’. The heartfelt lyric can also convey this message as we can see when Horace Andy laments ‘Where is the Love’ and Delroy Wilson again shows us on his ‘Who Cares’ cut. The great Twinkle Brothers also put the message across on their two cuts we have here, ’Too Late’ one of their lost classics if ever there was one and the thoughtful ‘It’s Not Who You Know’,being another prime example.

Orange Street itself is always at the heart of all reggae's musical changes and some singers also ride these waves as Mr Cornell Campbell shows us here with two cuts. The mournful ‘Too Be Loved’ and his uplifting ‘Girl of My Dreams’, which uses the same rhythm as our previously mentioned Prince Jazzbo’s 'Dread in a Earth’. Showing us that firstly you can’t keep a good rhythm down and secondly that two if not more great songs can work from the same source point. The lighthearted ‘Vengeful’ lyric also worked in this period when artists spared off to each other on records to vent their frustrations. As we can hear here with Mr Lee Perry’s ‘You Funny Boy’. The song snipping back at a previous employer over what he felt were his misdoings to an underappreciated Mr Perry. We have culled these tracks together to show that the Dread Roots feel of the 1970’s came across in many guises and even in earlier songs these sentiments were also
prevalent. As represented in Slim Smith’s almost bluesy feel in ‘Trying To Find a Home’, never a truer statement in Kingston's ghetto areas.



Well we hope you enjoy this musical journey and make a connection with messages portrayed here, as Mr Monty Morris points out on his contribution to this collection ‘Times Are Dread’....

Dread indeed…..

Tracklisting
Track 1 DREAD IN A EARTH - PRINCE JAZZBO
Track 2 ROOTS MAN TIME - I ROY
Track 3 KNOW YOUR RIGHTS - DELROY WILSON & BUSTY BROWN
Track 4 TOO LATE - TWINKLE BROTHERS
Track 5 TRUE BORN AFRICAN - JAH STITCH & JOHNNY CLARKE
Track 6 TO BE LOVED - CORNELL CAMPBELL
Track 7 YOU FUNNY BOY - LEE PERRY & AGGROVATORS
Track 8 WHO CARES - DELROY WILSON
Track 9 ON THE RUN - I ROY & CORNELL CAMPBELL
Track 10 WHERE IS THE LOVE - HORACE ANDY
Track 11 GIRL OF MY DREAMS - CORNELL CAMPBELL
Track 12 TIMES ARE DREAD - MONTY MORRIS
Track 13 IT’S NOT WHO YOU KNOW - TWINKLE BROTHERS
Track 14 TRYING TO FIND A HOME - SLIM SMITH

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