From 1968 through to the mid 1970’s the reggae beat began to slow down, some
say due to the extreme heat hitting down onto Kingston Town and its surrounding
enclaves. People needed something less strenuous to dance to. The Ska and
Rocksteady Sounds ( see 101 Orange Street KS007 ) that rocked Jamaica previously,
had now found a slower tempo and become more ‘Dread’ lyrically to suit the times.
Reggae music has always moved within the social climate it found itself in and this
set here, as we ‘Return To Orange Street’ was ROOTS ROCK REGGAE TIME....

The Rastafarian message that runs through this collection of ‘Reality’, sometimes
labelled ‘Sufferers’ music,is strong and works on many levels. It can come across
on a heavy rhythm and vocal cut. Its example represented here by Prince Jazzbo’s
‘Dread in a Earth’ and ‘I Roy’s ‘Roots Man Time’, moving through to the popular
new sounds of the DJ’s working over an old rhythm and alongside its existing vocal.
As with Busty Brown working with Delroy Wilson's ‘Know Your Friend’ and Mr Jah Stitch
working over Johnny Clarke’s ‘Roots Natty Roots’ to produce an even more dreader
‘True Born African’. The heartfelt lyric can also convey this message as we can see
when Horace Andy laments ‘Where is the Love’ and Delroy Wilson again shows us
on his ‘Who Cares’ cut. The great Twinkle Brothers also put the message across on
their two cuts we have here, ’Too Late’ one of their lost classics if ever there was one
and the thoughtful ‘It’s Not Who You Know’,being another prime example.

Orange Street itself is always at the heart of all reggae's musical changes and some
singers also ride these waves as Mr Cornell Campbell shows us here with two cuts.
The mournful ‘Too Be Loved’ and his uplifting ‘Girl of My Dreams’, which uses the
same rhythm as our previously mentioned Prince Jazzbo’s 'Dread in a Earth’.
Showing us that firstly you can’t keep a good rhythm down and secondly that two
if not more great songs can work from the same source point. The light hearted
‘Vengeful’ lyric also worked in this period when artists spared off to each other on
records to vent their frustrations. As we can hear here with Mr Lee Perry’s
‘You Funny Boy’. The song snipping back at a previous employer over what he
felt were his misdoings to an under appreciated Mr Perry. We have culled these
tracks together to show that the Dread Roots feel of the 1970’s came across in
many guises and even in earlier songs these sentiments were also prevalent.

As represented in Slim Smith’s almost bluesy feel in ‘Trying To Find a Home’,
never a truer statement in Kingston's ghetto areas.

Well we hope you enjoy this musical journey and make a connection with
messages portrayed here, as Mr Monty Morris points out on his contribution
to this collection ‘Times Are Dread’.... Dread indeed.....


CD Track Listing

1. DREAD IN A EARTH - PRINCE JAZZBO
2. ROOTS MAN TIME - I ROY
3. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS - DELROY WILSON & BUSTY BROWN
4. TOO LATE - TWINKLE BROTHERS
5. TRUE BORN AFRICAN - JAH STITCH & JOHNNY CLARKE
6. TO BE LOVED - CORNELL CAMPBELL
7. YOU FUNNY BOY - LEE PERRY & AGGROVATORS
8. WHO CARES - DELROY WILSON
9. ON THE RUN - I ROY & CORNELL CAMPBELL
10. WHERE IS THE LOVE - HORACE ANDY
11. GIRL OF MY DREAMS - CORNELL CAMPBELL
12. TIMES ARE DREAD - MONTY MORRIS
13. IT’S NOT WHO YOU KNOW - TWINKLE BROTHERS
14. TRYING TO FIND A HOME - SLIM SMITH
•CD Bonus Track

Vinly Track Listing

Side 1
1. DREAD IN A EARTH - PRINCE JAZZBO
2. ROOTS MAN TIME - I ROY
3. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS - DELROY WILSON & BUSTY BROWN
4. TOO LATE - TWINKLE BROTHERS
5. TRUE BORN AFRICAN - JAH STITCH & JOHNNY CLARKE
6. TO BE LOVED - CORNELL CAMPBELL
7. YOU FUNNY BOY - LEE PERRY & AGGROVATORS

Side 2
1. WHO CARES - DELROY WILSON
2. ON THE RUN - I ROY & CORNELL CAMPBELL
3. WHERE IS THE LOVE - HORACE ANDY
4. GIRL OF MY DREAMS - CORNELL CAMPBELL
5. TIMES ARE DREAD - MONTY MORRIS
6. IT’S NOT WHO YOU KNOW - TWINKLE BROTHERS
7. TRYING TO FIND A HOME - SLIM SMITH


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
Produced by: Bunny Lee

Photography: Jah Floyd Archive
Design by: LAC at Voodoo London
Manufactured under licence from E. Lee
Made in the U.K.