DKR-064-JJ - CLARENCE PARKS - THINGS A COME UP TO BUMP / DUB 10"
DKR-080-JJ - DON ANGELO - GENERAL / MIX DOWN STYLE VERSION 7"
DKR-081-JJ - JOHN HOLT / REVOLUTIONARIES - LOVE & UNDERSTANDING / PEACE 10"
DKR-082-JJ - LEROY SMART - OH MARCUS / VERSION 7"
DKR-083-JJ - I-ROY - TRIBUTE TO MARCUS GARVEY / VERSION 7"
Another barrage of shots from the Channel 1 archives, including another entry into our 'Lost & Found' series. First, Clarence Parks, one of our favorite singers of the 80s, had a relatively small but killer output, and we rate all of his tunes highly. So when we learned that he cut a handful of tunes for Channel 1, none of which were ever released, we couldn't wait to hear them. To our surprise, one of them was familiar, the infamous "Things a Come Up to Bump"! The rhythm for this tune is probably familiar to many. It's among a handful of riddims cut at Channel in the early 1980's and shared amongst a group of producers who were very active at the studio during this time. Despite being shelved by Channel, the tune found its way out there on vinyl (a somewhat frequent "mystery" of the 1980s reggae business), and has since cemented its place as one of the baddest cuts on a bad rhythm! So here's our first shot from Clarence at Maxfield Avenue, with a few more to come. Next, and in the 'Lost & Found' series, a massive tune with John Holt in a rootsman style on Channel's monstrous lick of the 'mr. bassie' rhythm. This one exemplifies the sound of Channel 1 studio, featuring the hardest musicians ever, dubwise or otherwise. Never before released, as played on dubplate in the 1970's. Straight from the dub room at 29 Maxfield Avenue to your living room, crystal clear master tape issue. The dub side by the Revolutionaries was released on the classic 'Reaction in Dub' LP. Third up is Don Angelo, who cut a bunch of tunes for Channel 1 in the early/mid 1980's, but only a few were released. This one, "General", saw release only in the UK thru a licensing deal at the time, and it's a wicked uptempo track in the same vein as some of our recently-issued Tasha productions from the same time, approx. 1984. Lastly, a pair of tunes on one of the hardest and most militant of 1970's Channel 1 rhythms. Both Leroy Smart's "Oh Marcus" and the deejay version, I-Roy's "Tribute To Marcus Garvey" were only ever available as LP cuts, released here now for the first time ever as singles, and backed by a tough version of the Revolutionaries' rhythm track.
Sound clips are below:
Clarence Parks - Things a Come Up To Bump
Clarence Parks - Come Up To Bump DUB
John Holt - Love & Understanding
Revolutionaries - Peace
Don Angelo - General
Don Angelo - Mix Down Style Version
Leroy Smart - Oh Marcus
I-Roy - Tribute To Marcus Garvey
Revolutionaries - Marcus Garvey Version
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