Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The Herbal element (2) - Webmaster's Column

Dubroom Online - Edition November 14, 2007


WWW, November 14 2007 - It is said, that DUB Poet Linton Kwesi Johnson came to the Netherlands one day and was offered a joint while on stage.

He refused with the words: "I did not come to this country to smoke marihuana". Linton simply doesn't smoke herb.

Russ D of the Disciples, a UK based DUB collective, is also said to not smoke herb.

Just two examples out of many.

No, you do not have to smoke when you are involved in Reggae Music. No, you do not have to smoke herb in order to apprecilove the music.

Give Thanks, One Love,
Messian Dread (Dubroom Webmaster)

Sleeper's Record Shack 8: Junior Byles (MP3 Review)
Big Youth - Train To Rhodesia (Video Review)

Sleeper's Record Shack 8: Junior Byles (MP3 Review)


WWW, November 2007 - When he started the Versatiles back in the 1960's, Junior Byles was at the start of a carrier that would last over several decades and with that: styles.

In 41 minutes, Mick Sleeper provides a crucial introduction into the work of what he calls "truly one of Reggae's greatest vocalists": the man they call Junior Byles.

Starting of with a track made popular by Peter Tosh, moving forward to a special mix with Dr. Alimantado joining the Star of the 8th episode of Sleeper's Record Shack: the two first selections definitely set the tone for the rest of the show and that tone is just the right tone!

We'll hear early Reggae, Rockers, even crucial DUB, everything carefully mixed to give us an impression of the niceness Junior Byles gave to the people of the world.

You got to love this one as I would say!


01. CUTTING RAZOR - The Versatiles
02. A PLACE CALLED AFRICA - Junior Byles & Dr. Alimantado*
03. I'VE GOT A FEELING - Junior Byles
04. COMING AGAIN - Junior Byles
05. BEAT DOWN BABYLON - Junior Byles
06. INFORMER MEN - Junior Byles & Jah T
07. DEMONSTRATION - Junior Byles
08. GOT THE TIP - Junior Byles
09. BLACK CRISIS - Junior Byles
10. REMEMBER ME - Junior Byles & Rupert Reid
11. KNOW WHERE YOU'RE GOING - Junior Byles
12. JORDAN - Junior Byles
13. FADE AWAY - Junior Byles

* = Custom Mix



Big Youth - Train To Rhodesia (Video Review)

Dubroom (DUB) Reggae Video Review

WWW, November 2007 - With some excellent video recordings from Jamaica in the 1970's capturing the vibes of the times, we'll meet up with Big Youth in a classic tune.

Some people have their own style within a style and Big Youth is definitely one of them. His own particular combination of toasting ("Reggae Rapping") and singing adds that special touch only he would give back then.

During the 1970's, Big Youth came up very strong as he voiced one riddim after the other." Train to Rhodesia" is just one of them, but it's one of his best tunes too. The music is played in the "Flying Cymbals" style made popular by the Soul Syndicate and can be found on the Big Youth album "Dreadlocks Dread".

Sights and Sounds from 1970's Jamaican music that will definitely appeal to the young hearts of today as well!


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