Burning Rockers 1 | The 12″ Mixes
Burning Rockers 1 | The 12″ Mixes
Label: Burning Sounds | Format: DBLCD-DR | Street date: March 27, 2020 | Website Label
- Barrington Levi – Shine Eye Gal
- Barrington Levi – Shine Eye Gal (Dub Version)
- Barrington Levi and Jah Thomas – Hunting Man
- Lawes Rockers – Hunting Man (Dub Version)
- Barrington Levi & Jah Thomas – Moonlight Lover
- Lawes Rockers – Moonlight Lover (Dub Version)
- Dawn and Christine – Holy Mount Zion
- Dawn and Christine – Holy Mount Zion (Dub Version)
- Delroy Washington & Jah Son – Memories
- Everard Thompson And Superstar – Rasta Roots
- Delroy Wilson – Love Got Me Doing Things
- Delroy Wilson – Go Away Little Girl
- Eddie Scorcher – Equality and Justice
- Eddie Scorcher – Equality and Justice (Dub Version)
- Errol Dunkley and Ranking Dread – Holding On
- Errol Dunkley and Ranking Dread – Ranking Dub
- Fungai Malianga – Finsbury Park Party
- Fungai Malianga – Things We Said Today
- The Heptones – Swept For You Baby
- Dennis Brown – Let Love In
The disco music craze in New York of the mid-1970s gave more or less birth to the 12inch single format. Tom Moulton (in reggae communities ‘cursed’ for his remixes of The Wailers’ Studio One songs) is usually credited for introducing the 12inch. The superior sound quality -improved dynamics, better bass, and treble frequencies, increased playing time- made it the standard format for the clubs. The first commercial 12inch was Double Exposure’s Ten Percent released in 1976 on Salsoul Records.
In Jamaica, the 7inch was the leading format in the record industry, while most LP’s usually were compilations of proven hits. In 1976 owners of the Channel One studio, the Hookim brothers Jo Jo and Ernest, were the first to release a 12inch. It was The Jayes with Truly, an updated take of Marcia Griffiths’ Studio One Hit. The increased sound quality and length of the 12inch proved to be perfect for the deep bass sounds of reggae music. It also gave space for adding deejay version as well as dub workouts or more vocal cuts of one riddim. Due to the vinyl shortage and high prices of the 12inch, the format didn’t become as popular as outside Jamaica. For the next 10 years, the ‘disco 45’ would stay the leading format on the UK and US reggae/dancehall scene.
In the 1970s Burning Sounds was situated in Harrow Road, in the center of West London’s vibrant West Indian community. The company had started as a retail outlet and licensing firm. When they also became a distribution center they started manufacturing their own 12inches. Eventually, they moved to Ireland where they began trading as FORM, Federation Of Reggae Music. More than 40 years later Secret Records presents this awesome collection of ten disco 45’s in digital clarity.
The ‘mellow canary’ Barrington Levy is present with no less than three 12inches here. He’s captured at the beginning of his career in combination with one of Jamaica’s most successful and influential producers, Junjo Lawes. Shine Eye Gal opens the first cd. The song is based on Get In The Groove from The Heptones, but what a scorcher this tune is! It comes complete with the deejay version from Jah Thomas. The flipside features Scientist who takes the dub version to higher heights! Jah Thomas is also the deejay on Hunting Man aka Bounty Hunter with Scientist at the controls and Lawes Rockers aka Roots Radics as musicians. The 3rd tune is Moonlight Lover, a decent remake of the Joya Landis’ hit at Treasure Isle.
The other two 12inches explore conscious themes. Linval Thompson produced the female duo Dawn and Christine’s Holy Mount Zion. It’s a solid roots rocker with firm backing by The Revolutionaries. Next comes Delroy Washington with Memories. He hails from Westmoreland, Jamaica and moved with his family to London in the early 1960s. He became a valued singer in the UK reggae scene. His love song Memories is a decent uptempo tune, but the flipside Rasta Roots is a sure shot winner! Check the combination of the fragile vocal delivery by Everard Thompson and the deejay Superstar! Instant rewind!
CD 2 kicks off with two Delroy Wilson tunes. We’re pretty sure that Love Got Me Doing Things is the 1974 version he did for Phil Pratt. The tune has a funky vibe, not much heard in the late 1970s. Go Away Little Girl is his rendition of the US pop hit from the 1960s. A firm rockers riddim sets the stage for Eddie Scorcher’s roots tune Equality And Justice, produced by Linval Thompson. Great remake of a tune by The Paragons! It’s followed by the deejay version from Ranking Dread. On the flipside is an appropriate dub version. One of the many standout tracks is Errol Dunkley/Ranking Dread – Holding On. Awesome dubbed roots tune! Check Ken Boothe’s You’re No Good for the same riddim.
Fungai Malianga’s efforts are funk/soul/disco flavored pieces, not really our cup of tea. The last 12inch, also a Phil Pratt production, features the Crown Prince of Reggae in formidable shape. His early 1970s song Let Love In is a classic from a very young Dennis Brown. The extended version is a true killer! The masters of harmony, The Heptones, revisit Smokey Robinson’s Swept For You Baby with verve and conviction. Seems they misspelled the title, the original is called Sweat For You Baby.