The Sound Systems of Kingston, Jamaica, between 1968 and up to the end of the
70's existed in what would be the halcyon days of reggae. If its musical subjects
seemed to reflect the mood both politically and socially, then Heavy Stereo as a
term could be said to sum up its sound. This period in reggaes history more than
any other was about attitude, fight and defiance but also least we forget, fine tunes.

We have culled together songs for this compilation from cuts that rocked the Sound
Systems at the beginning of the 1970's decade, up to roots inspired cuts that became
the most popular subjects from the mid 70's onwards. Jamaican music always reflected
the times it was recorded in.

The earlier period in this decade we find the great voices of Pat Kelly , Jackie Edwards
and Ernest Wilson giving their tales of lament through love and loss, which all bear a
heaviness of their own. Pat Kelly's 'How Long' and Jackie Edwards 'In the Mood For
Love' sitting beside Ernest Wilson's pleeful 'Kiss Me Girl', and the classic Delroy Wilson's
mournful 'Rain from the Skies'. Heartfelt stories all told in a positive way...

1973 -1975 saw the subject matter turn to a more roots medium,with such fine examples
as Horace Andy's 'Talk about Zion' and Johnny Clarke's 'Slave Driver' telling it as they
saw it. In the rasta message of Barry Brown's 'Natty Roots Man' we can hear the vibes
felt around this time in Jamaica. Alongside the playful boastfulness found in Johnny
Clarke's 'King of the Arena'.

These songs were all Sound System classics throughout this period.Tested at various
dances across town and kept as exclusive cuts for the DJ's, before being unleased on
vinyl months later, to supply the now built up demand. As it was the way back then and
sowed the seeds that DJ's of today use to break their tunes in the clubs, first building
up a demand before the release date.

Some of these cuts you may have heard before and some less familiar underground
hits I'm sure will bring a smile to your face once played. These tunes all sit and work
beside each other, tried and tested on the public, they have proved there worth.
Music that did not move the people tended not to stay on the turn tables for long.
If you have time and spirit please check out our parallel release to this, Sound
System Rockers Vol 1 [ KSCD001]. The tracks were selected to accompany this release.

All built for Heavy Stereo play and Sound System Rockers one and all ...


CD Track Listing

1. TALK ABOUT ZION - HORACE ANDY
2. SLAVE DRIVER - CORNELL CAMPBELL
3. KING OF THE ARENA - JOHNNY CLARKE
4. NO DISAGREEMENT - LEROY SMART
5. NATTY ROOTS MAN - BARRY BROWN
6. MY NUMBER ONE - JOHN HOLT
7. I’M NOT FOR SALE - KEN BOOTHE
8. RAIN FROM THE SKIES - DELROY WILSON
9. TRUTH HURTS - FREDDY McGREGOR
10. MY CONFESSION - CORNELL CAMPBELL
11. WHAT WAS IT - CLARIDONIANS
12. KISS ME GIRL - ERNEST WILSON
13 . HOW LONG - PAT KELLY
14. IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE - JACKIE EDWARDS*
15. WISE WORD - HORACE ANDY
•CD Bonus Track

Vinly Track Listing

Side 1
1. TALK ABOUT ZION - HORACE ANDY
2. SLAVE DRIVER - CORNELL CAMPBELL
3. KING OF THE ARENA - JOHNNY CLARKE
4. NO DISAGREEMENT - LEROY SMART
5. NATTY ROOTS MAN - BARRY BROWN
6. MY NUMBER ONE - JOHN HOLT
7. I’M NOT FOR SALE - KEN BOOTHE

Side 2

1. RAIN FROM THE SKIES - DELROY WILSON
2. TRUTH HURTS - FREDDY McGREGOR
3. MY CONFESSION - CORNELL CAMPBELL
4. WHAT WAS IT - CLARIDONIANS
5. KISS ME GIRL - ERNEST WILSON
6 . HOW LONG - PAT KELLY
7. WISE WORD - HORACE ANDY


Musicians Include:
Carlton 'Santa' Davis, Sly Dunbar, Carlton Barrett: Drums
Robbie Shakespeare, Aston 'Family Man' Barrett: Bass
Earl 'Chinna' Smith, Lead Guitar.
Tony Chin: Rhythm Guitar.
Winston Wright: Organ.
Bobby Ellis: Trumpet.
Vin Gordon: Trombone.
Tommy McCook: Tenor Saxophone.
Lennox Brown: Alto Saxophone.
Recorded at Harry J's, Randy's Studio 17 & Channel 1, Kingston Jamaica.
Produced by: Bunny Lee.

All Titles published by: Greenwich Farm Music
Design by: H. Cassell at Voodoo London.
Manufactured under licence from E. Lee.
Made in the U.K.