Wednesday, 3 March 2021

Creations Of Dub

Today we have some classic Dub tracks for you - Willis 'Dub' Dickerson that is. Here are a couple of singles he released on Capitol Records way back in 1951.

"My Gal Gertie" - Dub Dickerson

"Under The Heading Of My Business" - Dub Dickerson

Dub was apparently born in Van Zandt County, Texas, which gives us all the excuse we need for this.

Monday, 1 March 2021

The Mittoo Movement

Let's get you in the mood to face the week with two lumps of sunshine from the great Jackie Mittoo, the Keyboard King of Jamaica. 

After spending most of the 1960s in the Skatalites and various other ensembles, as well as being involved in pretty much every recording session at Studio One, he emigrated to Toronto. It was there in 1971 that he recorded the album "Wishbone", from which these two tracks come. 

That is Jackie himself singing on "Soul Bird". The singer on "Right Track" is uncredited on the album, so I'm going to claim its Pierre Trudeau, or possibly Gordon Lightfoot. Definitely one of the two.

"Soul Bird" - Jackie Mittoo

"Right Track" - Jackie Mittoo

Jackie did a bit of songwriting as well, including co-writing these old favourites.

Saturday, 27 February 2021

The Fox's Progress

You're an intelligent bunch, so I'm sure you don't need me to point out the connection. 

"Imagine Me, Imagine You" - Fox

"(1-2-3-4-5-6-7) Count The Days" - Inez & Charlie Foxx

"Fast Car" - Foxy Brown

"Oh Yeah" - Foxygen

Thursday, 25 February 2021

More Mariem

Last time out I posted a video featuring the great Mariem Hassan, which led me to dig out her albums for the first time in ages. I haven't listened to anything else since. So here's some more Mariem, starting with the song from the video.

"Haiyu" - Mariem Hassan

"Hinwani" - Mariem Hassan

"Gdeim Izik" - Mariem Hassan

Tuesday, 23 February 2021

The People of El Aaiún

We're off on one of our regular visits to North Africa courtesy of the always excellent Sahel Sounds label. Today it is Western Sahara or, to be entirely accurate, the Sahrawi refugee camps just over the border in Algeria where the supporters of Polisario are exiled. The band is El Wali, the album is "Tiris", and you really ought to buy it.

"Youth Of The Nation" - El Wali

"Brave People" - El Wali

A lot of fantastic music has come out of the Sahrawi camps over the years, the most notable being that made by the late, great Mariem Hassan. Here she is. 

Sunday, 21 February 2021

Single Song Sunday

It is the first Single Song Sunday of the year, and the choice is such an obvious one I was under the impression I had done it before. But it seems I was wrong so here, for the first time, is Bordleaux Bryant's classic "Love Hurts". 

We start with what are probably my three favourite versions - the Everly Brothers original from 1960, Roy Orbison's version from the year after and Gram and Emmylou's great duet from "Grievous Angel". Following them we have the two hit versions from the 1970s courtesy of Nazareth and Jim Capaldi. Fife's finest were the most successful everywhere but the UK, where Jim inexplicably made it to the Top 5.    

Next we have what might seem an unlikely duet between Little Milton and Lucinda Williams. I'm a fan of both of them, but to be honest I'm not sure this arrangement really plays to Big Lucy's strengths. It's still pretty good though.

After that we are off all over the place. The cotton-picking Osborne Brothers don't appear remotely hurt, scarred, wounded or even marred; James Last smothers the pain with cheese; and then there is... erm... a Spanish rap version. Thank goodness for the always reliable J.C. Lodge, whose Mandatory Reggae Version sounds exactly like you would expect. 

"Love Hurts" - The Everly Brothers

"Love Hurts" - Roy Orbison

"Love Hurts" - Gram Parsons & Emmylou Harris

"Love Hurts" - Nazareth

"Love Hurts" - Jim Capaldi

"Love Hurts" - Lucinda Williams & Little Milton

"Love Hurts" - The Osborne Brothers

"Love Hurts" - James Last

"Herida De Amor Rap" - Xhuzer (feat. Song Kill & Grupo Yndio)

"Love Hurts" - J.C. Lodge

Friday, 19 February 2021

U-Roy RIP

Very saddened to learn that the great U-Roy passed away a couple of days ago. He may have left us but he shall never be removed. RIP Mr Beckford.

"I Shall Not Remove" - U-Roy

"Gorgon Wise" - U-Roy