Offering a couple of records from the Third World label that have been in heavy, heavy rotation on the Top Rankin’ Hi-Fi soundsystem as of late. Steady-beat rockers to fill di eardrums with nuff vibration.
First, Lord Tanamo, most famous for being one of the vocalists for the legendary Skatalities, backed by The Aggrovators as they rework a nice set of standards from the ska- and rocksteady-era inna fine style on the appropriately-titled Calypso Reggae LP from 1979.
Second, a collection of rocksteady vibes cut inna jazz-tinged reggae style. Strictly instrumental and strictly boss. Winston Wright kills the organ while The Revolutionaries round out the rest of the sound inna their usual, remarkable fashion on the Grass Roots LP from 1977. Essential vibes for that mellow mood.
Both records feature production and arrangement work by Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee and were both recorded and mixed at King Tubby’s studio in Waterhouse, JA.
Big ups to the best Jamaican music blog on the Web, You & Me on a Jamboree, for the links to these gems.
(Tracks 18-26 in the I’m in the Mood for Ska anthology)