Classic early dancehall back on 7″ singles

by Dec 6, 2019News

Johnny Osbourne - In Your Eyes
Hugh Mundell - Jacqueline


VP Records has reissued a pair of classic early ’80s sides from then leading producer Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes – Johnny Osbourne’s “In Your Eyes” and Hugh Mundell’s “Jacqueline.” – on 7″ singles

The Johnny Osbourne track first appeared on his 1982 Greensleeves LP “Never Stop Fighting”, also known for the Sister Carol counteraction “Black Cinderella”. The Hugh Mundell cut first appeared on his album “Mundell”, also released in 1982. Backed by the Roots Radics and with dubs by Overton ‘Scientist’ Brown, these tracks transcend their era.

Producer Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes had a long and fruitful relationship with both VP Records and Greensleeves Records, coordinating dozens of releases between the two labels during his peak years of 1979-1984. His prolific output is a key to understanding reggae, dancehall, and dub in the early 1980s.

Johnny Osbourne first appeared on VP Records when the company pressed his LP, “Fally Lover”, on its Jah Guidance label in 1980. The album included the smash hit “Ice Cream Love.” His album “Nightfall” came out on VP/Jah Guidance the following year, and the company later issued the anthology “Mr. Budy Bye” in additional to several other albums and dozens of singles.

Hugh Mundell’s stature has grown since his death in 1983 at age 21, having recorded classic catalog titles for Augustus Pablo and later for Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes.

The Roots Radics band were the primary studio backing band at Channel One during the early ’80s, deployed by ‘Junjo’ Lawes on many of his successful productions, with vocal and dub mixes from Scientist. Featured on the flipside of the singles are “Dangerous Match Three” and “Dangerous Match Four”, the dub versions of “Jacqueline” and “In Your Eyes” respectively.

Johnny Osbourne – In Your Eyes

Hugh Mundell – Jacqueline