Itsssssssssssss Christmasssssssss! I’ve got a lissssssssp! Why thank you Santa! Nothing that exciting has been happening to me of late, apart from being cold professionally. I’d like to thank Christ for being born and granting some kind soul the ingenuity to invent Long Johns and Fisherman’s Friends. Beeeeeeeautiful!
Of course it is important to remember what Christmas is all about….. little baby Jesus who happen to be born on Christmas day jus Like my mate Alexi (they get all their years presents on one day). Unlike Alexi, Jesus wasn’t actually born on Christmas day, the Catholic church thought it was a good idea to hijack the old pagan holiday. It jus works well innit!
What is Christmas without an ultimate chart run down as presented by Mark Goodyear? So I’ve done a top 20 run down of my favorite 7s as purchased this year…I think.
So without further a do!
At No.20 YT– England Story – Necessary Mayhem
Great British MC, this tune is a classic in the making, especailly for English reggae fan’s . Saw him perform this twice, once in Brum at a Friendly Fire night and at Rototom in Italy. That particular performance was why this will forever be dear to me. Nuff English people rep’in loads of Steel City Masssive. Really proud ting!
No.19 Lloyd Robinson – Cuss Cuss – Harry J
Original Cuss Cuss. This is an 80’s repress of the 69 original, love the riddim and not the only one cuss cuss in this years chart, trust.
No.18 Ninja Man – Number One – Bobby Digital
Maybe not number one in this chart but big none the less. Another example of a tune heard first in a jungle style. I have a heavy jungle version I bought many moons before I stumbled across this original. Aggressive in his delivery as always. One of the greatest intros. Fingers shaped like a gun!
No.17 Tenor Saw- I Know – Night Life Posse
Another Cuss Cuss in a digital style, Great tune, nice squelchy sound through it. Typically good singing from Tenor Saw. Very good quality repress.
No.16 Don Carlos – Hog and Goat – H. Lawes
One of his best in my opinion, ‘Tink a soldier man come with the ham and goat, little more spliff go down i man throat.’ imaginative lyrics, well sung and on great Scientist riddim. Rub a Dub gold! Sadly the wrong version is on the reverse.
No. 15 Senya & the Wailer Band- Children of the Ghetto – Impact
A classic 70s roots tune, righteous female vocalist, great riddim, well played in every way. The version is also boom. The late great Clive Chin.
No. 14 Lacksley Castell – Collie Tree – Firehouse
Great Yout singer, early 80s rub a dub pre digital business. ‘Hey mister, hey mister why can’t i plant my….’ great Scientist production at Tubby studio.
No.13 Big Youth – ? – Yabby U
Deep roots, on the Conquering Lion riddim by the original Jesus dread. A dark and moody riddim with deejay lyrics to follow. The name of the track I don’t know. Not the only moody roots pon it.
No.12 Errol Dunkley -Created by the Father – Impact
A great cover of Dennis Brown, old-time roots. Once again another great version on the reverse.
No.11 Sylford Walker – Lambs Bread – Glen Brown
I could have put about 10 Glen Brown tunes in this chart, bought a lot this year. Great 70s deep roots and rockers. Mystical horns were his occupation. Lambs Bread is one of my favorites in more ways than one! Deuteronomy is classic.
No.10 Johnny Osborne – People a watch me – Studio 1
Quite possibly my favorite veteran singjay. 70s rub a dub about nosy people put their nose where it not belong. Sound Dimension riddim.
Hold tight the top 10 will be up soon!
Friendly Fire Christmas Party tonight whole heap of entertainers present @ the Hare an Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham.
Right I’m back to finish what I started…….It is now 2010, two years till Armageddon time! Should be a good year if I can stay out of trouble.
No. 9 Sammy Levi – Come of the road – Eclipse Records
This is a true great UK digi track. Bags of 80s dancehall charm! Great vocals ‘cool operator’ sung in a style that parodies Sade’s ‘smooth operator’ which probably came out some time before.
No.8 Boom Back – Ghetto Life – C. Oswald
A great Archive repress of another track I’ve never heard anyone play. This is on the Frankie Paul’s ‘Worries in a Dance’ riddim. I know near to nothing about his vocalist. I imagine he did this in his youth and moved into obscurity with age. If you know let me know, I find the lives of many of these lesser-common artists to be very interesting. Click the image to hear
No. 7 Fred I Jah – Hell’s for hero – Original Music
Big tune on the ‘drunken sailor’ riddim. Another artist with a un-prolific career. The repress is on Jah Woosh’s label. Click the image to hear in the mix.
No.6 Joseph Cotton – Plant deh Vegetable – Serial P
This wicked track is by one of my favorite veteran deejays. Impeccable delivery as always, about a good ital diet! another Great version by Earl Sixteen on the reverse. Big repec to Robin out of Friendly Fire for getting me this one back from Paris. Great modern French production.
No.5 Big Youth – Can keep a secret – Keith Hudson
Mystically moody and right up my street! Only got this about a month ago can’t remember where. This is on the Melody Maker riddim and produced by the Dark Prince of Reggae music Keith Hudson. I’ve got few more on other 7’s and lps. The sparse riddim and dark delivery got this cut in the chart. Another toasting legend.
No.4 Ken Booth – Artibella- Phil Pratt
Simply a beautifully song about heart-break by a singer that conveys that emotion better than most. Great Augustus Pablo version on the reverse to boot.
No. 3 Brigadier Jerry – Jamaica Jamaica
Briggy in bad style! This is on a great cut of the ‘answer’ riddim. Basically bigging up Yard, nice bit of story telling. Goes great with Super Cats cut. Both have ‘Jamaica Jamaica’ as the chorus. I was going to put Struggles version of the Marley classic ‘Rainbow Country’ here but there is some ambiguity as to whether I bought it 09 or 08, the same could be said for Boom Back but jus run with it.
No. 2 Capleton – day mi born – African Star Music
Deal of the mother fucking decade! 50p at the Music and video exchange. Ruff and rugged ragga business. Starts with a classical piano intro, a slow burning b-line with cuts. Very limited percussion that is high on the reverb. The lyrics are righteously aggressive.
Once again never heard anyone play this out. It’s a tune that needs a patient crowd because its build up is long. It doesn’t full drop until the 3rd chorus at about 1min someting.
No.1 Joseph Cotton – Wicked Runnings – Education
Doing this chart was really hard, I’m still not sure this is my favorite as every 7″ carries merit. This is sadly another tune I’ve never heard anyone play. The 2nd in the this chart by Joseph and the 3rd on the ‘cuss cuss’ riddim. I beg you to listen and learn. The best album to get is the Moll Selecta one, but there is trailer loads of great single he’s done.
He’s another artist with an interest background, he is the son of Count Ossie the legendary ideological father of the musical Rasta community.
The lyrical content of this particular tune is heavy and aggressive in his criticism of the worlds race for scientifical advancement. The Ranking Joe ‘One Jah’ on the same label compliments this nicely
Yeah, I hope you’ve enjoyed this little chart. I’m not going to do one for 10s, 12s or lps because it would jus take me to long.
I wish all good people a good year and bad people a bad one!