Various – Niney The Observer Presents Dreadlocks Coming To Dinner: The Observer Singles 1973 – 1975

by Mar 15, 2024Reviews, Various

Various - Niney The Observer Presents Dreadlocks Coming To Dinner - The Observer Singles 1973 - 1975

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Doctor Bird/Cherry Red Records
Street date
March 15, 2024
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1 Silver Words – Ken Boothe
2 Rasta No Born Ya – Sang Hugh
3 The Bold One – The Observers *
4 Salt & Pepper – Winston Wright *
5 Hey Little Girl – Hubert Lee
6 No Portion A Gal – Sang Hugh
7 Melancholy Rock – Winston Wright *
8 Have Some Mercy – Delroy Wilson
9 Different Fashion – The Observers *
10 Beardman Shuffle – Ansel Collins
11 Hail I aka Taking A View – Niney
12 Let Your Love Come – Keeling Beckford *
13 Half Way Up The Stairs – Delroy Wilson
14 Children Of The Ghetto – Astley Bennett *
15 Dub From The Ghetto – The Observers *
16 King Rasta – The Meditators
17 Sugar Pie – Delroy Wilson *
18 New Style – Niney & The Observers *
19 Wild Goose Chase – Big Youth & Dennis Brown
20 Inbound Train – Ansel Collins Meets The Observer
21 One Train Load Of Collie – Tommy McCook & The Observers
22 Train From The West – U Roy
23 Daughter Gets Hot – Niney & The Observers *
24 Ride On Ride On – Big Youth & Dennis Brown
25 Pressure Locks – Niney & The Observers


1 Ital Correction – Niney The Observer
2 Selassie Ship – Niney The Observer
3 Babylonian – Earth & Stone
4 Fire Bunn – Big Youth
5 Fire Organ – The Observers
6 Mr. Finnigan – Big Youth
7 Bring The Cuchie Come – Niney
8 Cuchie Dub – The Observer
9 For I – David Jahson
10 In The Morning – Roman Stewart *
11 False Rasta – Delroy Wilson
12 Clap The Ba Ba – Michael Rose
13 Leggo The Wrong – Astley Bennett
14 Leggo The Wrong Version – Astley Bennett *
15 Push De Broom – Max Romeo *
16 Impact Program – The Observers *
17 African Train – Errol Flabba Holt
18 Bur O Boy – Junior Byles
19 Nice And Easy – Horace Andy
20 Nice Version – The Observers
21 Every Natty Wants To Go Home – Junior Delgado
22 Dreadlocks Coming For Dinner – Michael Rose
23 Prophesy Fulfil – Glasford Manning
24 Zorro – Tommy McCook & The Observers
* new to CD

With 15 tracks new to CD and some of the biggest Jamaican hits from the early-to-mid-’70s we have a 2xCD collection from producer Niney The Observer. Born Winston Holness aka Niney The Observer set about gaining a reputation as one of Jamaica’s top producers and this collection goes a long way to confirm that this happened. In 1971, Niney enjoyed success as an artist with ‘Blood And Fire’ and from this he had a strong following in both Jamaica and UK and produced some of the islands top artists as you will see from this review

DISC ONE (A selection)

1. SILVER WORDS – Ken Boothe. Mid-tempo number with another top Jamaican artists in the form of Ken Boothe who is on top form with his husky vocal. This was written by Ken Boothe and comes under the umbrella of Lover’s Reggae and was a fine way to start. 4. SALT AND PEPPER – Winston Wright. Starting with a short atmospheric intro it moves into a mid-tempo instrumental. As one would expect we have Winston on organ fronting a not very inspiring backing. Penned by Winston it is a low-grade recording. Released in Jamaica on Observer label 1975. 6. NO PORTION A GAL – Sang Hugh. Not heard much from this artist but on this he comes across as an accomplished artist. The rhythm comes slower than previous tracks and is punchy, this has a Roots Reggae feel. There is no percussion in sight. Released in Jamaica on The Thing label and UK on Count Shelley label. 8. HAVE SOME MERCY – Delroy Wilson. Coming from a well recorded artist it has a mid-tempo rhythm track. The backing track is punchy and simple in make-up. Delroy always gives the listener a soulful vocal and this is no exception. Released in Jamaica on Dee Jay label and UK Cactus label in 1973. 11. HAIL I aka TAKING A VIEW – Niney. This track is more laid-back than many of the previous and comes with a male/female vocal. There is some good bass guitar work and overall this is a catchy number, written by Winston Holness. 14. CHILDREN OF THE GHETTO – Astley Bennett. Not really one of the most remembered artists out of Jamaica and this starts off with a spoken vocal before the backing track comes in and Astley continues to speak the vocal. Nothing exceptional about the backing track, just punchy. The vocalist is joined by another vocalist, female this time towards the end. This is produced by the legendary Ken Khouri and Niney. Released in Jamaica on Wild Flower in 1974. 18. NEW STYLE – Niney & The Observer. This comes as a Dub sound and has the expected heavy rhythm track. This has some quirky sounds on the backing and short percussion segments. There is a vocal from time-to-time and even if Dub is not your favourite sound this is catchy.

DISC TWO (A selection)

6. MR. FINNIGAN – Big Youth. This starts with a ‘Blood &Fire’ intro before Big Youth takes over with his usual spoken vocal. From time-to-time a chorus brings back intro. This is Dub at its best and it moves- along with a mid-tempo backing track which is very low key. Released in Jamaica on the Observer label. 4. FIRE BUNN – Big Youth. Here we have Big Youth doing a version of ‘Blood And Fire in his usual impeccable style. If you liked the original then you will certainly like this. 7. BRING THE CUCHIE COME – The Reggae Crusaders. A slower slice of Roots Reggae that does go into Dub towards the end. Coming from an outfit one has not come across before with the track being similar to ‘Pass The Duchie’ by Musical Youth at times, hence the title. 10. IN THE MORNING – Roman Stewart. This may be familiar as the song was originally penned by Robin Gibb and sung by the Bee Gees. This version has one of Jamaica’s most prolific artists on vocal in front of a punchy rhythm track and a chorus most of the way through. Released in Jamaica on the Soul Beat label in 1975. 14. LEGGO THE WRONG – Astley Bennett. Astley Bennet was not one of Jamaica’s most [prolific artists but what he did record was usually very innovative. This comes with the vocalist performing a semi-spoken vocal over a punchy rhythm track and we end up with a fun sound that comes written by Astley. Released in Jamaica on the Observer label. 19. NICE AND EASY – Horace Andy. On this, Horace sounds young and gives a good vocal over a straight Reggae rhythm track. The rhythm is mid-tempo and one ends up listening to a good track. A dub version is to be found on the B side of the original 7″ single. Released in Jamaica on the Observer label and UK on Attack label (Trojan). 22. DREADLOCKS COMING TO DINNER – Michael Rose. A slowish number with the vocalist giving a classy performance on a track he wrote. Obviously this gives its title to the overall collection and this is another catchy number. 24. ZORO – Tommy McCook & The Observers. What a way to finish off this disc and the collection with one of Jamaica’s musical legends giving a top-notch performance. This is faster than most tracks and comes over as a semi-Ska number. I would defy the listener not to like this track.

To conclude, this is a very well put together collection with many different well-known and not so well-known artists and has many of Jamaica’s top musicians, such as Tommy McCook, Val Bennett, Lennox Brown all on saxophone and bass guitar Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett on the backing tracks. All in all, this collection is full of top recordings from start to finish, and comes with the usual 8-page informative booklet.

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