Friday, January 4, 2008

VA - Heavyweight Sound

Various - Heavyweight Sound - A Blood And Fire Sampler
Label - Blood & Fire
Released - 1995
Style - Roots, Reggae, Dub, Lee Library

Beginning with the release of If Deejay Was Your Trade in 1994, Blood & Fire continually set and maintained the highest standards around in the reggae reissue market. Here was a label concerned first and foremost with creating a product of such quality that future revisions would be entirely unnecessary; a label that insisted on paying both artists and producers of the music. From Intro 's exquisite design work, and Steve Barrow 's liner notes, to the music itself, these titles screamed essential. Drawing on the first seven titles, the '70s roots , dub , and DJ cuts gathered on Heavyweight Sound are the aural proof. If Deejay Was Your Trade captured a group of the era's finest mic men riding producer Bunny Lee 's rhythms (as dubbed by King Tubby ). The collaboration is represented here by I-Roy 's eye-opening plea 'War and Friction' and Tappa Zukie 's pained 'Jah Is I Guiding Star.' Tubby also gets his hands on vocal and instrumental cuts from Lee 's catalog ( 'Real Gone Crazy Dub,' 'Dub Fi Gwan' ) as well as the work of producer Yabby You . Examples of the latter include the flying cymbals of Michael Rose 's 'Born Free' ( 'Rock Vibration' ) and the Tommy McCook sax cut 'Death Trap' ( 'Living Style' ). Further dubs come courtesy of Keith Hudson (including the dizzying 'Black Right' ) and Prince Phillip (the Tubby apprentice who handled Tappa Zukie 's dubs), while inimitable vocalists include the superb stylist Horace Andy and impassioned roots singer Burning Spear . Though samplers can often be a mixed bag, Heavyweight Sound is satisfyingly consistent. It's highly recommended, but so are all the full-length albums. If you need an introduction, buy this and then begin chipping away at this label's exceptional catalog. ~ Nathan Bush, All Music Guide

Aggrovators - Performer
Black Disciples - Performer
Burning Spear - Performer
Horace Andy - Performer
I-Roy - Performer
Keith Hudson - Performer
King Tubby - Performer
Prince Jammy - Performer
Soul Syndicate - Performer
Tapper Zukie - Performer
Yabby You - Performer

1 King Tubby & The Aggrovators - Real Gone Crazy Dub (3:31)
2 Tappa Zukie & The Aggrovators - Jah Is I Guiding Star (3:25)
3 Prince Philip & The Musical Intimidators - Falling Dub (3:01)
4 Burning Spear & The Black Disciples - Marcus Children Suffer (4:38)
5 Keith Hudson & The Soul Syndicate - Black Heart (2:40)
6 Horace Andy - Problems (4:09)
7 Horace Andy & Prince Jammy - Problems Dub (3:10)
8 Yabby You & King Tubby - Rock Vibration (4:24)
9 I-Roy & The Aggrovators - War & Friction (3:18)
10 Yabby You & King Tubby - Living Style (3:31)
11 Keith Hudson & The Soul Syndicate - Black Right (3:11)
12 Prince Philip & The Musical Intimidators - Judgement Dub (3:16)
13 Burning Spear & The Black Disciples - Marcus Say Jah No Dread (3:51)
14 King Tubby & The Aggrovators - Dub Fi Gwan (3:59



Anonymous said...

heavy collection, indeed, this is equilizah! fabulous post! and boy do you throw 'em up with gusto, luv this.. mucho thanks!! harpo

XMP said...

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