Junior Byles – 129 Beat Street: Ja-Man Special 1975-1978

“A collection of four Junior Byles tracks from his post-Lee “Scratch” Perry era and seven tracks from lesser-known artists like Rupert Reid, Pablo Moses and others, 129 Beat Street highlights some of the best cuts from the little-known House of Music studio operated by Dudley ‘Manzie’ Swaby and Leroy ‘Bunny’ Hollett. In addition to that unifying theme, all the classic roots tracks are held together by thumping bass, exquisite singing and strongly conscious Rastafarian messages. While most of the reggae from the same era came from such big name studios as Black Ark and Studio One, this compilation demonstrates that the supply of talent in Jamaica was extremely pervasive, as is clearly evident on standout tracks like ‘Chant Down Babylon,’ ‘See the Dread Deh’ and ‘Remember Me.'”
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Discogs (Video)
YouTube: Dave Robinson – My Homeland, Junior Byles & Rupert Reid + Ja-Man All Stars – Chant Down Babylon, Rupert Reid – See The Dread Deh, bim sherman – mighty ruler


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