Barry Brown one of reggaes vastly overlooked talents. His militant conscious style
has over time lost none of its appeal. Truly one of the sweetest roots vocalists to come
out of Jamaica.

Born in 1962, Kingston, Jamaica, he cut his musical teeth working under producer
Bunny Lee. Their first release was a track called ‘Girl You’re Always on my Mind’,
although a minor hit, Bunny Lee saw his potential and was rewarded with his 1979
cut ‘Step it up Youthman’ which became a hit and has become a roots classic,
leading to an album of the same name. The late 70’s was a great period in
Barry Brown’s career and its from this period that we have culled this set of tracks.
Straight from the master tapes some of his finest moments and some unreleased gems
that we believe should be heard. A great set from his timeless 'Trying Youthman' a tail
of struggling times in the heart of Kingston Jamaica. His rastafarian inspired chants
'Stop Them Jah Jah','Give Thanx and Praise','Natty Rootsman' and 'Lead Us Jah' work
alongside socially charged cuts as 'Politician', 'Big Big Pollution' and 'Mr Money Man'.

As with all his tales and inspired lyrics they are put across in such a tuneful way that
like all the best songs that carry a message can be remembered also through the
strength of the song.

As with many of his artists Bunny Lee encouraged him to go into self-production, and
after a time spent with producer Linval Thompson ‘Separation’, and Sugar Minott
‘Things & Time’, he did just that and produced his first release ‘Cool Pon Your Corner’
in 1980 followed in 1981 by ‘Problems Get You Down’.

We hope this release will find a place in your collection and remind us of the talent
of Mr Barry Brown.If somewhat overlooked, but certainly now not forgotten. Lets
celebrate with the man and go to the blues one more time....


CD Track Listing

1. TRYING YOUTHMAN
2. STOP THEM JAH JAH
3. STEP IT UP
4. LETS GO TO THE BLUES
5. FITTEST OF THE FITTEST
6. POLITICIAN
7. COOL PON THE CORNER
8. GIVE THANX AND PRAISE
9. NATTY ROOTSMAN
10. BIG BIG POLLUTION
11. MR MONEY MAN
12. GODFATHER
13. FAR EAST
14. LEAD US JAH
15. 30 PIECES OF SILVER*
16. LOVE IS THE ANSWER*
•CD Bonus Track

Vinly Track Listing

Side 1
1. TRYING YOUTHMAN
2. STOP THEM JAH JAH
3. STEP IT UP
4. LETS GO TO THE BLUES
5. FITTEST OF THE FITTEST
6. POLITICIAN
7. COOL PON THE CORNER

Side 2
1. GIVE THANX AND PRAISE
2. NATTY ROOTSMAN
3. BIG BIG POLLUTION
4. MR MONEY MAN
5. GODFATHER
6. FAR EAST
7. LEAD US JAH


Musicians Include:
Carlton ‘Santa’ Davis, Sly Dunbar: Drums
Robbie Shakespeare: Bass
‘Chinna’ Smith: Lead Guitar
Tony Chin: Rhythm Guitar
Winston Wright: Organ
Tarzan: Piano
Tommy McCook: Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Ellis: Trombone
Lennox Brown: Alto Saxophone

Recorded at: Harry J’s, King Tubby’s Studio’s.
Produced by: Bunny Lee
Design by: Gary @ Voodoo London
Photography: Bunny Lee, Jah Floyd Archive
Manufactured under Licence from: E. Lee.
Made in England
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