Saturday, 15 October 2011

Big Youth Special

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. 
 Big Youth - Ace 90 Skank

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!
Big Youth - Foreman vs Frazier Round 1
Big Youth - Foreman vs Frazier Round 2

Next up is Same Some Thing..a real loose, rootsy track.. the studio must have been kinda cloudy when this was recorded..:>)
Big Youth - Same Some Thing

And one last heavy track.. All Nations Bow..just an awesome track
Big Youth - All Nations Bow

Jah Youth is still going strong.....

Friday, 14 October 2011

Meet Me At The Corner - the Diplomats and Dennis Brown

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..

The Diplomats - Meet Me At The Corner

 To follow that I have a great version of the tune by Dennis Brown from 1971 on the Impact label.  It's a slowed down version.. really nice vocals.
Dennis Brown - Meet Me At The Corner 

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.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Heat #4 - The Clash in 1977 and loads more..

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.

Download Heat #4 

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

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Batwoman at last..

DC finally managed to get the new issue of Batwoman out.. worth the wait.  Hopefully they'll be monthly from now on.. I need my regular comic fix!

I'll have another issue of Heat up soon.. just finished scanning #4..