Various – Fatis Tapes In The Oven

by Jan 16, 2024Reviews, Various

Various - Fatis Tapes In The Oven

Release Info

Label
Xterminator/Digger’s Factory
Format
CD / LP
Street date
January 19, 2024
Contact
Website Record Label

Tracklist

Side A

1. Luciano – Give Thanks
2. Al Campbell – Loose Ball
3. Sizzla – Distance Away
4. Charlie Chaplin & Josey Wales – Only Jah
5. Marcia Griffiths – Jah Is

Side B

1. Ini Kamoze – They Don’t Know This
2. Beres Hammond – Never Again
3. Wayne Wonder – The Way I Am
4. Sizzla – What I See
5. Beres Hammond – How Come You Don’t Know Me

In 2018, Kareem “Remus” Burrell, son of the late Jamaican producer “Fatis” Burrell, began releasing a compilation series called XTM.Nation Presents Fatis Tapes In The Oven. This series aims to preserve and showcase the finest musical creations from his father’s extensive archive of 24 track analogue tapes and final mixes on DAT tapes.

Baking Tapes

The title of the series refers to the arduous process of baking tapes in an oven before they can be transferred digitally. Baking a tape that suffers from the type of deterioration known as ‘sticky shed syndrome’ drives out the problem of moisture caused by tape binders, the compounds that bind the magnetizable coating to the physical tape and or the back coating on the outside of the tape. Tape baking renders the tape playable, allowing a copy to be made. Between 2018 and 2023, four volumes in the series have been released on download and streaming platforms. Selected from these compilations are 10 tracks that now have been released on LP and CD in collaboration with Paris-based Digger’s Factory.

Side A

The opening track of the album, titled Give Thanks (aka Give Thanks To Jah) by Luciano, comes on a reimagined version of Don Drummond’s Heavenless. Originally recorded at Anchor Recordings Studios in Kingston, the song was first released as a 7″ single in Jamaica and the UK. It later appeared on Luciano’s 1994 album One Way Ticket, which was released by VP Records. In the mid-’90s, Al Campbell, a popular roots reggae singer in the 1970s, collaborated with Phillip “Fatis” Burrell. During this time, Campbell recorded several singles including You Got Me Going, Put It On, Run Yu Jus A Run, and the featured song Loose Ball. While the previous three tracks were included on Campbell’s 1997 Xterminator album Road Block, the solid track Loose Ball was inexplicably not included. Next comes Sizzla’s iconic track, Distance Away. Originally recorded in 1995, it made a comeback in 2020 as part of VP Records’ special edition 7 x vinyl 7″ box set titled Xterminator: Earth Feel It, where it was paired with Beres Hammond’s What A Gwan. Sizzla’s performance on this track is outstanding, as he passionately delivers his thought-provoking lyrics over a mesmerizing riddim. Additionally, the talented deejay duo, known as ‘principal’ Charlie Chaplin and ‘colonel’ Josey Wales, skillfully tackle the captivating Far East riddim, turning their collab song Oh Jah into an enjoyable masterpiece. On the A-side, the Queen of Reggae herself, Marcia Griffiths, gracefully closes the set with the uplifting gospel hymn, Jah Is. This extraordinary song was also included in the remarkable 7 x vinyl 7″ box set, Xterminator: Earth Feel It.

Side B

The stellar They Don’t Know This, a song taken from Ini Kamoze’s album Tramplin’ Down Babylon, which came out on the artist’s 9Soundclik label, opens the other side of this compilation. Subtitled “Ini kamoze meets Xterminator”, the album features 11 tracks the reggae singer with a rather erratic career recorded for “Fatis” Burrell. Similarly to Sizzla, Beres Hammond is also featured twice on this compilation. Known primarily as a romantic balladeer with many hit songs to his name, Beres Hammond’s title track from his 2018 album Never Ending is one of those timeless songs that appeals instantly. With the closing track on this side, he once again showcases his talent as a crooner with the beautiful ballad How Come You Don’t Know Me. Also fine singer Wayne Wonder has the remarkable talent of delivering beautiful love songs, as demonstrated in his 1994 release The Way I Am, a noteworthy lover’s lament on the Java riddim. On a 1995 vinyl release, Sizzla’s powerful song What I See was paired with Cocoa Tea’s Bruk Down Babylon. Sizzla once again exhibits his incredible ability to provoke thoughts with his lyrics and delivers them authentically in the Bobo-inspired style. It made him a sensation and a leading figure in Jamaica’s new roots movement of the late ’90s.

The artists featured bring their own unique ingredients to the table, creating a listening experience that, along with musical backdrops you can feel, is sure to leave a lasting impression.

Luciano – Give Thanks

Al Campbell – Loose Ball

Beres Hammond – Never Again

Sizzla – What I See

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