Various – Different Fashion: The High Note Dancehall Collection

by Feb 12, 2021Reviews, Various

Various - Different Fashion: The High Note Dancehall Collection

Release Info

Various – Different Fashion: The High Note Dancehall Collection

Label:  Doctor Bird/Cherry Red Records | Format: DBL CD-DR | Street date: February 12, 2021 | Website label

Tracks

DISC 1:

  1. Bobby Ellis & The Revolutionaires – Stormy Wather (12″ mix)
  2. Archie & Lyn – Rat In The Centre
  3. Errol Scorcher – Tan Tudy
  4. Jah Thomas – Come Nurse
  5. Carl & Gibby – Road Block
  6. Papa Ritchie – Phantom In The Jungle
  7. Ranchie McLean – Tommy
  8. Errol Scorcher – Roach In A De Corner (12″ mix)
  9. Ansel Collins – Bim
  10. Ernest Wilson – Give The People What They Want
  11. Michael Palmer – Mr. Landlord (12″ mix)
  12. Jah Thomas – Road Code
  13. Tony Tuff – Round The World
  14. Papa Ritchie – Annie Palmer (12″ mix)
  15. Errol Scorcher – Water Bumpee
  16. Sonya Spence – Talk Love (12″ Alternate mix)

DISC 2:

  1. Bobby Ellis/Ranking Joe – Shank I Sheck/Shine Eye Gal (12″ mix)
  2. Errol Scorcher – Sounds Of Hon Marley
  3. Lee Van Cleef – Different Fashion
  4. Zara – Financial Problem
  5. Tony Tuff – Oppresser
  6. The Enchanters – Whole Lot Of Loving
  7. Jah Thomas – A Little Bit Of Love
  8. Errol Scorcher – Rucumbine Girl (12″ mix)
  9. Marcia Griffiths – Don’t Ever Leave (12″ mix)
  10. Gladstone Anderson & The Star Band – Free Base
  11. Papa Ritchie – Westmoreland Food
  12. Delroy Wilson – Let’s Unite (12″ mix)
  13. Errol Scorcher – Peace Truce
  14. Tony Tuff – Little Miss Mary (12″ mix)
  15. Ranking Joe – General
  16. Lorna Bennett – It’s My House (12″ mix)
  17. Jah Thomas – Tell Me The Truth (12″ mix)

In recent times, Doctor Bird/Cherry Red Records have released Sonia Pottinger O.D. produced works on worthwhile compilation albums such as Put On Your Best Dress: Sonia Pottinger Ska & Rock Steady 1966-1967, Roland Alphonso & The Originals’ Orchestra’s ABC Rock Steady, Hits Of ’77, and Can’t Stop The Dread. And there’s even more music from one of Jamaica’s most influential producers as they keep the ball rolling with a brand new compilation set entitled Different Fashion: The High Note Dancehall Collection.

Mrs Pottinger

Although Sonia Eloise Pottinger (born Sonia Eloise Durrant) produced artists from the mid-1960s until the mid-1980s, she’s probably best remembered for producing sweet-sounding Rocksteady and early Reggae hits with various artists. These included The Ethiopians (The Whip), Delano Stewart (That’s Life), The Melodians (Swing And Dine), Ken Boothe, Alton Ellis, Toots & the Maytals, the Hippy Boys, Patsy Todd, Judy Mowatt, and Brent Dowe, whose singles were released on her Gay Feet, Tip Top, Rainbow, and High Note labels. In the second half of the ’70s and early ’80s, she further enhanced her considerable reputation with superior recordings from an array of artists that ranged from Justin Hinds & the Dominoes, Bob Andy, Jackie Edwards, Marcia Griffiths, Earth & Stone, Sonya Spence, Culture, Beres Hammond, and Jah Thomas to name a few.

Early Dancehall

Different Fashion: The High Note Dancehall Collection gathers a whopping 33 tracks – of which 11 weren’t released before – that were recorded roughly between 1979 and 1981. At that time, the music in Jamaica changed direction because early dancehall suited the mood and taste of the public better, which was reflected by the popularity of young up-and-coming deejays like Ranking Joe, Errol Scorcher, Jah Thomas, and Lee Van Cleef. As a result deejay records outnumbered new singles by singers and this collection more or less reflects that as the two discs are dominated by tunes from deejays. And, of course, Mrs Pottinger possessed an even greater stack of Rocksteady riddims when she acquired the famed Treasure Isle Records catalogue after the passing of her good friend Duke Reid in 1975. It enabled her to recycle many classic riddims, overdubbing them with extra instrumentation by Sly Dunbar, Ansel Collins, and other members of The Revolutionaries and bring them to a new audience. It was with relicked versions of Pressure And Slide (Jah Thomas’ Come Nurse) and Real Rock (Errol Scorcher’s Roach In A De Corner) that Mrs Pottinger entered the dancehall arena.

Expert Compilation

This collection not only bears all the hallmarks of an expert compilation, it also provides a collectors’ aid as it is simply the best sampler of Sonia Pottinger produced early dancehall tracks one can imagine. The compilation blends deejay pieces, vocal cuts, and instrumentals and – in the 12″ discomixes – even dub works. Undoubtedly, of great interest for avid reggae collectors is the inclusion of previously unreleased tracks like Errol Scorcher’s Rucumbine Girl, Jah Thomas’ Road Code and A Little Bit Of Love, and discomixes such as Sonya Spence’s Talk Love, Marcia Griffiths’ Don’t Ever Leave, and Delroy Wilson’s Let’s Unite. By the start of the 1980s, the Roots Radics became the in-demand studio band and almost inevitable were also used by Mrs Pottinger. Here they can be heard on Tony Tuff’s Oppressor, The Enchanters’ Whole Lot Of Loving, and Marcia Griffith’s Don’t Ever Leave. Some of the riddims featured on this compilation are instantly recognisable (Baba Brooks’ Shank I Sheck, Alton Ellis’ Ooh Wee Baby and Breaking Up, Ken Parker’s True True True, The Sensations’ Baby Love, Culture’s Stop The Fussing And Fighting, The Techniques’ You I Love, The Heptones’ Love Me Girl, and the aforementioned Pressure And Slide and Real Rock). The rest is up to riddim spotters to find out what originals have been relicked.

Lee van Cleef – Different Fashion

Lee van Cliff - Different Fashion!

Michael Palmer – Mr. Landlord​

Michael Palmer - Mr Landlord (12" version)

Tony Tuff – Round The World

Tony Tuff - Round The World

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