December 10, 2013, at 11:33 pm
A photo of Clarence Chin and his Son’s The Junior Sebastian Sound System in 1962 which was based on Charles St in downtown Kingston from 1954 to the early 70′s before he relocated to New York.
The sound took it’s name from Tom The Great Sebastian Sound, Clarence was a good friend of Tom’s in the early days and Tom used to give them bookings. The sound still operates in Brooklyn owned by Clarence’s sons Cornell and Big Man.
It’s interesting that the bass speaker seems almost identical to the Tubby’s HomeTown HiFi speaker (right) that was sold a few years ago (now in the possession of Jeremy Collingwood in the UK).
There are few early sound system pictures as good as this, thanks to my good friend Ian Causer for sharing it.
The following youtube video shows Clarence and Big Man in Brooklyn alongside Mikey Jarrett.
December 2, 2013, at 10:20 pm
Junior Murvin died today. RIP
November 22, 2013, at 11:45 pm
Studio One compilations tend to be hit and miss affairs. In recent years Soul Jazz have been the masters of them but whilst they are spot on with harnessing the cross over appeal the actual music selections often lack focus and can be a bit of a muddle.
Come in Drum & Bass records out of Japan with 14 tracks of Studio One rocksteady on LP; no gimmicks just great, timeless music. Titled Sugar … continue reading…
November 7, 2013, at 11:18 pm
Just out on 17 North Parade/VP a two CD anthology of Eek A Mouse. This features 34 audio tracks plus a DVD of his appearance at Reggae Sunsplash in 1982.
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Alongside the big tunes for Junjo Lawes, Joe Gibbs and others from the early dancehall era this collection notably features the superb Creation, My Father’s Land and No Wicked Can’t Reign three tunes that were originally … continue reading…
November 7, 2013, at 9:10 pm
Lloyd Robinson passed away on Monday of this week.
And around a fortnight ago it was announced that Tony Brevett formerly of the Melodians had lost his fight with cancer.
Two great artists whose memory will remain in the great music they left for us. RIP.
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November 2, 2013, at 9:01 am
Boss Shots records were established as part of the Universal group following their sale of Trojan records to BMG earlier this year. Boss Shots have continued the Trojan program of releasing limited edition 7″ and 10″ vinyl featuring both in demand and previously unreleased sides.
Out for a few weeks now their most recent single release is on a replica Island label and features a couple of rocksteady era Monty Morris tracks; Terrible Mistake and … continue reading…
November 2, 2013, at 12:45 am
Sunrise records have mined the 1960-1962, out of copyright era of Jamaican music many times over the last few years. They are back once again on November 11th with a very impressive three CD compilation charting the earliest years of Clement Coxsone Dodd’s production career.
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Titled Down Beat Shuffle: The Birth Of A Legend this set serves up a total of 56 tunes in many styles, … continue reading…
November 1, 2013, at 10:33 pm
If you’re around London tomorrow (Saturday) night then don’t miss Tighten Up.
Joining the Tighten Up Crew for the warm up slot is Lloyd Miller down from Aberdeen with a box of tough tunes and then for the main event we have three special guest selectas – Chris Lane, Daddy A and Port O Jam P.
October 8, 2013, at 9:32 pm
Out now on Soul Jazz a selection of five Studio One 12″ singles in very limited editions of just 200 copies. All of these have previously been released on 12″ by Soul Jazz before except one which was issued on a 10″. These retail at £9.99 each and are only available direct from Soul Jazz.
Tommy McCook Orchestra — Sampson/Jackie Mittoo — El Bang Bang This pairing were previously released on a 10″ … continue reading…
October 8, 2013, at 12:01 am
A new selection of tunes have just been put out by Deeper Knowledge/Digikiller – two Channel One ten inches and a couple of singles on the Tesfa and Leggo Sounds labels.
Channel One 10″ – Barry Brown – Forward On /Revolutionaries – Forward In Dub //Clarence Parks – So Jah Mean /Revolutionaries – Skylarking Dubplate Style Four tracks on the Skylarking rhythm; the Barry Brown cut was originally released on his Far East LP, … continue reading…