More Reggae today.. 4 classic 45's by Big Youth here. I never really went for the deejay stuff in a big way back in the 70's but Big Youth makes it work. His delivery just rolls with the music. I could have put up a dozen tracks easily.. he worked with most of the best producers in Jamiaca and cut great tracks right through the 70's. I've pick my 4 favourites..
First up is Ace 90 Skank, an early hit, produced by Keith Hudson on the Mafia label.
Next up is a two sider.. Foreman vs Frazier, a topical hit for Big Youth after the Foreman vs Frazier "Sunshine Showdown" world heavy weight title fight in Kingston, JA in January '73. Not sure how many boxing records there are but this has to be the best ever.. "biff baff boom..George batter him down".. you can feel those blows!
Reggae time here.. An old rock steady tune from 1967 by vocal group The Diplomats on the great Caltone label. I know nothing about the group apart from that they did at least 3 sides on Caltone around '67-'68. I love the raw, slightly chaotic playing on it, one of those tunes where it's imperfections make it perfect..
More tunes to come.. I've had a few days off work so have been delving into my old record boxes plus picked up a few nice old 45's recently so will be posting 2-3 tunes a day to get them all out there.
Here's Heat #4 as promised. Another great issue of the classic Irish zine from Oct/Nov '77. This one has 6 pages of the Clash, interviews with the Adverts, 999 and young Irish band the Kamikaze Kids, articles on John Cale and Richard Hell and a review of the Pistols Spunk bootleg plus the usual excellent random news, reviews and bits. All hand written and pasted together and thoroughly entertaining.
I also came across an interesting blog called Last Rockers with a nice pdf of Heat #1. I only have a black and white photocopy of it so won't be posting it myself.. check it out if you're after a copy. Link to Heat #1 download