Sound System Rockers Kingston Town 1969-1975

“Introducing Kingston Sounds, a brand new label who plan to unearth and reissue classic reggae music from the ‘vintage years’. First up is an excellent compilation of classic sound system favourites dating from the years 1969 to 1975. The tracks on this album were produced by the legendary Bunny Lee, who gave this album full backing and helped compile the tracks. Bunny is also interviewed in the sleevenotes in the CD booklet. Includes Horace Andy’s timeless ‘Guiding Star’, Ken Booth’s version of the Abyissinian’s ‘Satta Massagana’, Leroy Smart’s killer ‘Shame & Pride’, Linval Thompson’s wicked ‘Whip Them Jah’? and also tracks by Dennis Brown, Cornell Campbell, Delroy Wilson, Gregory Issacs, Johnny Clarke, Freddie McGregor, Barry Brown and Alton Ellis.”
Forced Exposure
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YouTube: Sound System Rockers Kingston Town 1969-1975 [Full Album]


Forces Of Victory – Linton Kwesi Johnson (1978)

“Having exploded onto the UK scene in 1978 with the dark, angry masterpiece, Dread Beat & Blood, Brixton Dub Poet Linton Kwesi Johnson returned the following year with second album, Forces Of Victory. Calling, again, on the talents of the Dennis Bovell Band, this was a calmer, more measured work, packed with both wry observation and political conviction. Johnson’s poetry, with its emphasis on rhythm, was ideally suited to the sparse, jazz-tinged backings of UK dub. Opener ‘Want Fi Go Rave’ is as cool and confident as anything by Gregory Isaacs or Prince Buster, while ‘It Noh Funny’, a homage to the realities of youth, gives Bovell plenty of room for the interaction of drum and delay. Sonny’s Lettah – a deeply affecting tale of injustice – is a favourite among veteran activists, but ‘Independent Intavenshan”s bouncing bassline and scornful lyrics (bemoaning the abundance of right-minded organisations attempting to speak for the black community) make the more resonant statement. ‘Fight Dem Back’ rallies against the racists behind a mocking sing-song refrain, while ‘Reality Poem’, with its haunting chorus-drenched guitar motif, advocates sober atheism at a time when such viewpoints were far from welcome. Some have criticised Johnson for making Caribbean culture palatable to a predominantly white left-wing audience, but such criticism is to be expected by any artist who transcends their genre. And while the clean understated Bovell production is more suitable for the coffee bar than the sound system, it marks one of many high points in a distinguished career. A homegrown reggae classic.”
W – Forces of Victory
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YouTube: Fight them back (Live), Sonny´s Lettah (Live)
YouTube: Forces of victory (full album) 33:54