Been searching for the first disc to this set for about five years now after some muthafucka stole the stereo outta my car with it inside at the time. Much to my delight, I finally came across it a week ago. I’ve had it steadily mashin’ up the hi-fi since with its roots vibrations. Riddims employed in the first set are “Real Rock”, “A Love I Can Feel”, “Sacrifice”, “King Pharaoh’s Plague”, “Rent Man”, “Matches Lane” and “Step It Up Youthman” among others. Here’s the details of the collection.
Roderick “Blackbeard” Sinclair, older brother of Tapper Zukie, is one of the most unassuming of Jamaica’s great reggae producers, and he continues to issue occasional singles on his Mr. Tipsy label some 30 years after he began as an apprentice to Bunny Lee. Blackbeard’s productions feature solid singing and bright, dub-like textures. This double-disc collection is the first extended release of Blackbeard’s work on CD, and it shows a producer who knows his performers well and always puts the spotlight on the song itself. There are a few straight dub tracks scattered through the set, but Blackbeard’s A-sides have such a dub feel in the first place that they seamlessly blend together.