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Gussie Clarke – Dub Anthology Collectors Edition

by | Aug 19, 2018 | Artist, Reviews

Gussie Clarke - Dub Anthology Collectors Edition
Gussie Clarke

Release Info

Gussie Clarke – Dub Anthology Collectors Edition

Label:  Music Works Records | Format: 3CD/DVD/DR | Street date: July, 2018 | Facebook Gussie Clarke Music Group

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Be Careful
  2. Tippertone Rock
  3. One Of These Fine Days
  4. Honesty
  5. I Am Alright
  6. Funny Feeling
  7. Murderer
  8. Late Arrival
  9. Rocking Vibration
  10. One Way
  11. Loving Pauper
  12. Black Foundation
  13. No No No
  14. Free Zone
  15. Big Or Small
  16. Creation Dub
  17. Rockers Time
  18. Body Guard
  19. Revolution
  20. Live For Today
  21. Unruly Dub
  22. Pam’s Night
  23. Mouth Of The Wicked
  24. Realize Dub
  25. There’s No Other
  26. On My Own
  27. One More Time
  28. Searching
  29. Goal Digga

Disc 2

  1. Doubble Bubble
  2. Michael Campbell Theme
  3. The Meek Dub
  4. Mixed Up Stuff
  5. Bad Company
  6. Dread At The Controls
  7. Loving Sounds
  8. Hot Steppers
  9. Midnight Clappers
  10. Golden Locks
  11. Creation Foundation
  12. Batchelor Style
  13. Kouchie Vibes
  14. Burial
  15. Fancy Rock
  16. Music Works Theme
  17. Willy Red
  18. Declaration Of Rights
  19. Party Wise
  20. Patrick’s Case
  21. All I Have Is Love
  22. I Wanna Be With You
  23. Into The Night
  24. The Meek
  25. More Reasons Than One
  26. Baby Be True
  27. Things Dub

Disc 3

  1. Bamsta
  2. Hear Me Now Star
  3. Together We Will Stay
  4. Love (Was All I Had)
  5. Throw Me Corn
  6. Unexpected Places
  7. Losing You
  8. Dancehall Time
  9. Dancing Mood
  10. Jamaican Music
  11. Let Off Supm
  12. Gonna Love You More
  13. Come On
  14. Jealousy
  15. Neon Lights
  16. Night Nurse
  17. Octogan Rhythm
  18. Police And Thieves
  19. Selfish Lover
  20. Faith Can Move Mountains
  21. No Camouflage
  22. Randys North Parade
  23. Randys Nyc
  24. Joe Gibbs Attitude
  25. GG’s Ranglins

DVD Dub Talks!

 

Augustus “Gussie” Clarke

Gussie Clarke is one of a handful of committed individuals who have largely determined the state of Jamaica’s contemporary music industry. Very much a behind-the-scenes figure, Gussie’s input has been crucial, not only in shaping the way the music has sounded since the early 1970s, but also in facilitating the ease with which Jamaica’s fiery creations can be accessed by the world at large. He has enjoyed several successful phases as a leading producer of quality material, building a catalogue that’s relatively small, but marked by high standards. And he has also been involved in the distribution, importation and exportation of musical discs. He was among the first to offer CD manufacturing in Jamaica and presently presides over the largest recording complex on the Island.

Career

Augustus “Gussie” Clarke (born 1953, Kingston, Jamaica) started working in the music industry by cutting dub plates. He made his debut as a producer in 1972, with U-Roy’s “The Higher The Mountain”. He established himself as the top producer of deejays in the early 1970s with albums such as Big Youth’s “Screaming Target” and I-Roy’s “Presenting I Roy”, both regarded as among the best deejay albums ever produced. Through the 1970s and early 1980s he worked with artists such as Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Augustus Pablo, Leroy Smart, and The Mighty Diamonds, including the latter’s influential “Pass the Kouchie” in 1981. Much of his output was released on his own Gussy and Puppy labels.

Digi-Roots Style

In the late 1980s, Clarke adapted to the new dancehall style of reggae, but stood out from other producers by attempting to produce glossier recordings with greater potential to cross over internationally. In 1987, while still recording at Music Mountain and Dynamic Sounds studio, the first record to bare hints of this newly embraced digital sound came from the release of The Mighty Diamonds “The Real Enemy”. “Gang War”, the first single off the album released on his Music Works label showcased this new digi-roots style, keyboard and computer programming driven riddims, compared to the known traditional roots reggae sound with players of live instruments recording in the studio. This release stood out as the first transitional record for Gussie and his production incorporating old skool roots reggae to the newly embarked digital dancehall riddims to take shape for the coming years. Many of his productions were issued on his own record labels Anchor and Music Works, as well as on the Greensleeves, VP, Pow Wow and Shanachie labels. In the mid-’90s, he predominantly released albums on the Gone Clear Distribution label for newcomer artists such as Daddy Rings. Soon after his final produced full-length album for the late Dennis Brown, titled “Stone Cold World” in 1999 for VP Records, Clarke’s productions quietened, with the occasional one-off single or re-issue compilation formats of previously released material re-sequenced and repackaged. In October 2014 the Institute of Jamaica awarded Clarke a bronze Musgrave Medal for his contribution to music.

Gussie Clarke Dub Anthology

This year he comes up with a tremendous release: “Gussie Clarke Dub Anthology”. A package (in a DVD box) with 3 cd’s (79 tracks) and a DVD, featuring several Jamaican reggae/dancehall pioneers such as Mutabaruka, U Roy, Danny Dread, Sylvain Morris, Soljie, Jah Screw, Bongo Herman, Papa Jaro, Flabba Holt and more. It’s a riveting panel discussion about all the aspects of dub. Furthermore the package offers a booklet with nuff interesting facts and a retro styled poster.

disc One

Disc One includes the 1978 album “Black Foundation Dub”, originally released in limited numbers in Jamaica on Gussie’s Roots Sounds label and featured material produced by Gussie from the period 1973-78, but the first 5 tracks are dubs/instrumental versions of Big Youth’s “Screaming Target” album. “Honesty” is a wicked cut of the “Slaving” riddim. “I Am Alright” is the instrumental cut to “Loving Pauper”. Then the “Black Foundation Dub” album, starting with the instrumental of Dennis Brown’s vocal hit “Funny Feeling”. “Murderer” explores the “Skylarking” riddim. The title track “Black Foundation” is a bass-heavy dub of Delroy Wilson’s moving take on the soul classic “Is It Because I’m Black?” while “Big Or Small” is a swinging horn mix of Delroy Wilson’s take on the rousing soul number “All In This Thing Together”. “Creation Dub” is a stripped-down mix of KC White’s take on the Temptations’ classic hit “Born To Love You”. “Rockers Time” is a chugging, upfront ’70s synth-led rockers cut of Gregory Isaacs’ faithful take on Bob Andy’s versioned Studio One classic “My Time”. The rest are bonus tracks from several periods. A 1978 dub take of Jackie Paris’ “There’s No Other”, from 1984 comes “Unruly Dub”, which is the dub to “Unruly Pickney” by The Mighty Diamonds. There’s ’80s synth dub such as the “Body Guard” but also a 1974 dub version of Dennis Peart’s “Mouth Of The Wicked”.

disc Two

Over to Disc 2. It features the complete 1978 album “Dread At The Controls Dub”, a fantastic ‘mellow’ dub album, very enjoyable, even if you’re not a dub fanatic! Great reworkings of classic riddims such as “Mixed Up Stuff”, a flute driven lick of “Danger In Your Eyes” done by The Mighty Diamonds, and “Dread At The Controls” that comes across the “Ain’t That Loving You” riddim. “Bad Company” is a wonderful version of Jackie Paris’ tune “There Is No Other”. “Golden Locks” is the dub to Delroy Wilson’s soulful take on The Modulations'”Worth Your Weight In Gold”. Just love this Delroy Wilson tune! What follows are bonus tracks and Mighty Diamonds dubs. The obvious “Kuchie Vibes” is present here, but also a surprising vibraphone driven dub (‘Creation Foundation”) of “To The Foundation”. “Party Wise” rides the “Party Time” riddim. In 1981 Lloyd Parks impressed with “Into The Night”… check for the dub version right here! In 1976 Gussie poured out a combination album by Leroy Smart and The Mighty Diamonds. From this set comes the dub version (“The Meek”) of the song “Meek Shall Inherit”. Furthermore this disc offers nuff extremely stripped down dub versions such as “Fancy Rock”, “Burial”, “Music Works Theme” and “All I Have Is Love”.

disc Three

Disc 3 is phat packed with Gussie’s personal Dub Selections. Some of the tunes are very recognisable. “Love (Was All I Had)” is a sweet and easy skanking dub to Marcia Aitken’s early ’80s cover of the rocksteady song of the same name, originally by Phyllis Dillon. Then there’s the highly enjoyable dub to Hortense Ellis’ hit tune “Unexpected Places”. “Losing You” is also a mellow dub version across Dobby Dobson’s Studio One hit “Seems To Me I’m Losing You”. From a later period are the clear and crisp digi-dub cuts “Jealousy”, “Neon Lights” and “No Camouflage”, dub versions from the late 80s Dennis & Gregory album “No Contest”. Delroy Wilson voiced for Gussie his “Dancing Mood” classic, who released it as the flip side of Gregory’s “Private Beach” single. Here’s the strong dub version with the same name. In the early ’80s reggae veteran Johnnie Clarke released a single for Gussie: “Jamaican Music” b/w “Gonna Love You More”. Check out the appealing dub/instrumental takes! The powerful dub of J.C. Lodge’s “Selfish Lover” makes a decent impression, and the same goes for “Let Off Supm”, dub version of the massive 1985 hit by Dennis and Gregory. The last four tunes refer to icons of reggae music: Randys North Parade and Randys in NYC, producer Joe Gibbs and producer Alving Ranglin.

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