Don Carlos pocesses one of reggae’s most distinctive voices. His vocal mannerisms
being instantly recognisable over a tune. Yet he remains one of Jamaica’s best kept
secrets. We look back to some of his finest moments that set the tone for his popularity
that was to follow in the Dancehall period of Reggae.
Born Don McCarlos, in the notorious Waterhouse district of Kingston, Jamaica.
He began his singing career in 1973, where alongside Garth Dennis and Derrick ‘Ducky’
Simpson he formed what would become one of reggae’s foremost contenders, Black Uhuru.
Their first recording would be a version of Curtis Mayfield’s ‘Romancing to the Folk Song’.
Released under the name Uhuru [ the Swahili word for Freedom ] on the Top Cat label.
It saw limited underground success.This would lead to a split in the ranks seeing Dennis
leaving, to join The Wailing Souls, and Don going solo under his now trimmed down
monicker of Don Carlos. After working with various producers and honing his sound, the
late 70’s would see his arrival at the door of producer Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee. Work began
matching Don’s collection of tunes against some of Bunny’s finest rhythms.

His voice seemed to ride over the chosen classic Channel 1, Harry J’s studio cuts as if they
were made for each other, and it’s this period in Don Carlos’s career that we concentrate
on this release.

Most of Don’s classics are represented here. Such great cuts as ‘Spread Out’ which see’s
him working over the ‘Queen of the Ghetto’ rhythm in fine form.’My Brethren Party’ giving
new life to Slim Smith’s ‘Give Me Love’.Never has he sounded better with his ‘Ababa
John I’ cut being matched against the ‘Real Rock’ rhythm and his ‘Booming Ball’ reworking
Alton Ellis’s ‘I’m Just a Guy’ to fine form. His classics and some surprises were found when
we went back to the original master tapes. Like Don working a cut to the Melodians
’Rivers of Babylon’ and a fine version of Alton Ellis’s ‘Too Late ‘ that has been lost until
now. Don Carlos would again return to the Black Uhuru fold and would also balance hi
solo career alongside Uhuru’s touring commitments. But as a fore taster to his rising
star soon to be set in the 1980’s Dancehall period, we find this set hard to beat.

We hope you find some magic as we have unearthing and compiling these lost treasures.

Respect Jah Floyd.



CD Track Listing

1. SPREAD OUT IN DUB.
A lost dub of Don’s ‘Spread Out’ track that would prove to be a big hit in the 1980’s
Dancehall scene.Where he works over the ‘Queen of the Ghetto’ rhythm in fine form.
2. MY BRETHREN IN DUB.
A dub cut to Don’s ‘My Brethren Party’, which utilises Slim Smith’s ‘Give My Love’ as it’s backdrop.
3. BOSROCK DUB.
This is a lost cut to his ‘Ababa John I’ track in which he works the ‘Real Rock’ rhythm.
4. I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE DUB.
A classic Bunny Lee rhythm that was made famous by Slim Smith. Used to great effect by
Don on his ‘Praise Jah with Love and Affection’ cut, of which this is a lost dub.
5. BIG MOUTH DUB.
A lost dub to his ‘Johnnie Big Mouth’ track that see’s
him working over the famous ‘Drifter’ rhythm.
6. CONSCIOUS RASTA DUB.
Don works over a rhythm that Johnnie Clarke used for his track ‘Lego Violence’.
Don’s version was called ‘Back Way with Your Mix Up’ of which is a cut to.
7. BOOMING DUB.
A cut to a classic rhythm that Alton Ellis had used on his ‘I’m Just A Guy’ track.
Don reworked it to became ‘Booming Ball’ ,this is it’s dub.
8. INFRA RED DUB.
A lost dub to Don’s ‘Lazer Beam’ a track that would also go on in the 1980’s to become
a Dancehall classic...
9. MOVE ME DUB.
Another famous rhythm known as ‘King Solomon’ used and made famous especially by
Derrick Harriott, became Don’s ‘Groove with Me’ of which this is a cut to.

10. BABY DON'T CARE FOR DUB.
A lost cut to Don’s ‘My Baby Just Love I Man’, where he
works over Slim Smith’s ‘My Conversation’ rhythm.

11. TRIBULATION DUB.
Don comes down on the classic ‘Tribulation’ rhythm which was also cut by the likes of
Dennis Brown and Leroy Smart to name but two.Also known as ‘Majority Rule’ cut by
Jimmy Riley, and now hopefully it will now be remembered for this version.
12. TOO LATE TO DUB.
A rare lost version of Alton Ellis’s ‘Too Late To Turn Back Now’ cut by Don in the
Late 70’s.Finally see’s the light of day.....
13.RIVERS OF DUB.*
Don chants over the classic ‘Rivers of Babylon’. Cut by many including The Melodians
and later a cross over hit for Boney M. Here brought back and given a roots biblical feel....Nice.
14.THERE’S A DUB FARAWAY.*
Last but not lest Don rides the classic Abyssinians ‘Satta Masa Gana’ to fine effect.......

•CD Bonus Track


Vinyl Track Listing

Side 1
1. SPREAD OUT IN DUB.
2. MY BRETHREN IN DUB.
3. BOSROCK DUB.
4. I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE DUB.
5. BIG MOUTH DUB.
6. CONSCIOUS RASTA DUB.


Side 2
1. BOOMING DUB.
2. INFRA RED DUB.
3. MOVE ME DUB.
4. BABY DON'T CARE FOR DUB.
5. TRIBULATION DUB.
6. TOO LATE TO DUB.


Musicians Include:
Sly Dunbar, Carlton ’Santa’ Davis; Drums.
Robbie Shakespeare, Errol ’Flabba’ Holt; Bass.
Earl ’Chinna’ Smith: Lead Guitar.
Earl ‘Wire’ Lindo: Rhythm Guitar.
Keith Sterling, Jackie Mittoo: Piano.
Winston Wright, Robbie Lynn: Organ
Bobby Ellis, Tommy McCook: Horns.

Rhythms Recorded at: Channel 1, Harry J’s Studio’s.
Produced by: Bunny Lee
Voiced at: King Tubby’s Studio.
Design by: Voodoo London.
Photography: Maverick, Jah Floyd Archive.
All Titles published by: Greenwich Farm Music.
Manufactured under License from E. Lee.
Made in England.