Step Forward Youth
Step Forward Youth
Label: Greensleeves Records | Format: 2CD-LP-DR | Street date: November 30, 2018 | Facebook Label
- Augustus Pablo – King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown
- Lloyd Parks – Mafia
- I Roy – A Noisy Place
- Keith Hudson – Turn The Heater On
- Junior Byles – Fade Away
- The Aggrovators – None Shall Escape Dub
- Dr Alimantado & Jah Stitch – The Barber Feel It
- Tappa Zukie – Jah Is I Guiding Star
- Dillinger – Cokane In My Brain
- Junior Murvin – Police And Thieves
- Leroy Smart – Ballistic Affair
- Wailing Souls & Ranking Trevor – War
- Prince Far I – Heavy Manners
- Have Sound Will Travel – Police And Youth In The Grove
- Michael Rose – Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner
- Lee Perry – Roast Fish & Cornbread
- Trinity – Three Piece Suit
- Ranking Trevor – Three Piece Chicken & Chips
- Barry Ford Band – Rebel
- Aswad – Three Babylon
- Culture – Two Sevens Clash
- Gregory Isaacs – Mr. Cop
- I Roy – Point Blank Observer Style
- The Aggrovators – Beat Them In Dub
- Prince Mohammed – Cool Runnings
- Nigger Kojak & Liza – Hole In The Bucket
- Dennis Brown & Big Youth – Equal Rights Style
- Augustus Pablo – Pablo Meets Mr. Bassie
- Reggae Regular – The Black Star Liner
- Capital Letters – U.K. Skanking
- Steel Pulse – Ku Klux Klan
- Junior Murvin – Cool Out Son
- Militant Barry – Pistol Boy
- Horace Andy & Jah Stitch – Zion Gate
- Ranking Joe – Drunken Master
- Prince Jazzbo – Good Memories
UK & Jamaica
It was in the early 1960s that the UK mods embraced Jamaican ska and rocksteady (or Blue Beat as it was know then). In the late 1960s the so called ‘skinheads’ developed a fanatic obsession with the sound of Jamaica. Although numerous reggae records charted in the UK, the sound of reggae remained a somewhat underground phenomenon.
Punk & Reggae
The year 1976 saw the explosion of punk rock and it’s unlikely championing of reggae in the UK and beyond. The alliance between the worlds of ‘underground’ music styles like punk, new wave and reggae created an atmosphere of rebellion, togetherness and activism seldom witnessed. Many of the bands recorded reggae or reggae influenced tunes and the people loved it! At the end of the 1970s 2Tone Records, founded by Jerry Dammers of the Specials, became the outlet for ska and rocksteady fueled music with a punk rock and pop music overtone.
“Step Forward Youth” provides a decent musical look of the at the reggae of the punk rock era in England and its resulting globalization in the late 1970s. This set (2CD+DR) features 36 tracks, known and loved by the reggae massive. An appealing mix of singers and deejays draw the attention from start to finish.
Reggae Memory Lane
After the classic King Tubby/Augustus Pablo dub “King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown” bursts out of the speakers, you’ll start an impressive musical trip on reggae memory lane! Not only Jamaican originals, but also lesser known tunes like the London band Have Sound Will Travel with “Police And Youth In The Grove”. It’s a song about police brutality in Ladbroke Grove. Barry Ford, UK reggae drummer, guitarist and vocalist performs “Rebel”, a rather unknown tune.
Two tunes from the mighty I Roy. First his glorious take on The Paragons’ “Man Next Door” and then the awesome “Point Blank Observer Style” across Gregory Isaacs “Slavemaster” riddim. Also included are dub masterpieces like the aforementioned “King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown”, “None Shall Escape Dub”, a riddim that was used by Jonathan Richman for his 1977 worldwide hit “Egyptian Reggae”. UK Reggae is represented by Steel Pulse with “Ku Klux Klan” and “The Black Star Liner” from Reggae Regular. More UK reggae by Militant Berry with “Pistol Boy” “U.K. Skanking” from Capital Letters, and Aswad with “Three Babylon”, their second single after their moving “Back To Africa”.
For extended musical pleasure you get real JA classics like “Fade Away” by Junior Byles, Dillinger with “Cocaine In My Brain”, “Police and Thieves” by Junior Murvin, in those days covered by The Clash, and Culture’s anthemic roots tune “Two Sevens Clash”. Don’t forget Leroy Smart’s “Ballistic Affair” and “Heavy Manners”, Prince Far I’s dazzling take on Naggo Morris’ “Su Su Pon Rasta”. Pictured on the album’s cover is Dr. Alimentado. He and Jah Stitch come up with a motorized deejay cut of John Holt’s “Ali Baba”. Jah Stitch returns later wit Horace Andy with the brilliant “Zion Gate”.
This package comes with extensive liner notes by Noel Hawks and to the point pics from Linda McCartney.