Double 12″ Spin #7 -=|=- Terrence Smith & Yellowman

by Jul 7, 2024Soundstation

Double 12" Spin #7

A. Terence Smith & Cassette & Tape – V-I-B
B. Carlton Livingston – Wicked Can’t Runaway
Label: Jah Life – J.L. 001

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Our new Double 12″ Spin, already number 7 in a row, features renowned reggae artists Carlton Livingston and Yellowman, as well as the lesser-known talent Terrence Smith. Terrence Smith’s track, V-I-B, includes an engaging soundbwoy intro by dancehall hypeman Cassette & Tape. The production of this tune was a collaboration between the talented duo Hyman Wright (also known as Jah Life/Papa Life) and Percy Chin. They operated the Jah Life record label from Brooklyn, New York.

Unfortunately, there is limited information available about Terrence Smith, other than his activity in the music scene during the latter part of the 1980s and his small discography. Terrence lays down his vocals over a digital recreation of the Green Bay Killing riddim, played by the legendary musician Noel Alphonso. This riddim has a few aliases: Youthman and Wicked Can’t Run Away, the latter inspired by a song of the same name by Glenroy Richards, one of the unfortunate victims of the 1978 Green Bay Massacre.

On the B-side, Carlton Livingston delivers a well-done remake of Richards’ rootsy track, Wicked Can’t Run Away. A veteran of the reggae scene since the late-70s, Livingston dominated the 80s with hits like 100 Weight Of Collie Weed and Trodding Through The Jungle. He even collaborated with Shabba Ranks on the late 90s smash, Rumors.


A. Yellowman – Free
B. The Professionals – Escape From G.P.
Label: Hawkeye – HD 52

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Our second 12″ single features the iconic Yellowman, born Winston Foster. Abandoned as a child, he grew up in Kingston’s Maxfield Children’s Home and the famed Alpha Boys School, the latter famous for its musical graduates. Yellowman, however, faced rejection due to his albinism, a condition not widely accepted in Jamaican society. Following a path familiar to many Jamaican deejays, Yellowman honed his skills performing with sound systems, particularly Aces International. Success followed as he teamed up with producer Henry “Junjo” Lawes in the early 80s.

His immense popularity within Jamaica led him to become the first dancehall artist signed by a major US label, Columbia Records, though commercial success there remained elusive. A twist of fate changed his physical appearance forever. A jaw tumor necessitated surgery, leaving him with facial disfigurement.

This 1983 song, Free, on the Joe Gibbs Music label was released under the name Gregory Free, a tribute to Gregory Isaacs’ recent release from prison. Errol Thompson, Joe Gibbs’ right-hand producer, helmed the project. The track featured The Professionals as the backing band. This influential group, Joe Gibbs’ house band, boasted a rotating lineup of top Jamaican musicians. The song’s riddim cleverly adapts Gregory Isaacs’ earlier song, Storm. The B-side offers an instrumental version of Free. The single saw a UK release on London’s Hawkeye label.


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