KSCD031

Dancehall’s period in Reggaes History can be dated back to the very start of the
1980’s. The beat had slowed right down to suit the followers of the Sound System
Dances of which it had taken its name. They demanded a slower rhythm to strut
their stuff to and Dancehall supplied it with great enthusiasm.
The Dancehall period has always been aligned with the digital sound of the drum
machine. But Dancehall was well established some five years before the 1985
massive wave change that was Wayne Smith’s, King Jammy produced
‘Under Me Sleng Teng’. The beat had already slowed down to the one drop snare
sound that allowed the DJ’s more room to express their thoughts on everyday life.
Songs also found room to breathe in this bass & drum arena. You could call this
the early period in Dancehall Culture before the digital rhythm opened up the sound
to one and all who wanted to express themselves and now the technology
allowed them entry.

We have taken this early period when groups like Soul Syndicate and the
Roots Radics were working this slowed down rhythm in fine form and just as
the first touches of the drum machine was showing itself. One producer who
was right on his game at the very start of Dancehall was Ossie Thomas under
his production umbrella Black Solidarity. Ossie Thomas was in many cases the
first producer to record some of the artists that were to go on and rule Dancehall.
Such names as Triston Palmer, Robert French, Papa Levi, Puddy Roots, Earl B,
all cut their musical teeth under his guise.

We have selected some great cuts that highlight that this somewhat over looked
section in reggaes history still carried some fine tunes…Hope you enjoy the dance…..


CD Track Listing

1 Spliff Tales - Triston Palmer
2 The Lord Is My Light - Rod Taylor
3 String Up The Sound System - Michael Palmer
4 Never Trouble Trouble - Tony Tuff
5 Crime Act - Ashanti Waugh
6 Gate Man Get Fraid - Early B
7 Eradication - Robert French
8 Let Go The Rhythm - Josey Wales
9 Me Want Join The Army - Early B
10 Police Police - Ashanti Waugh
11 Crucial Corporal - George Nooks
12 Champion Bubbler - Puddy Roots
13 Everybody Wants - Sugar Minott
14 Wat Wah Sammy Dread
15 Rock To The Rhythm - U Brown*
16 Trickle Down - Andy Livingston*
17 Treat Her Like A Lady - Johnny Osbourne*
18 Me No Care - Papa Levi*
•CD Bonus Track

Vinly Track Listing

Side 1
1 Spliff Tales - Triston Palmer
2 The Lord Is My Light - Rod Taylor
3 String Up The Sound System - Michael Palmer
4 Never Trouble Trouble - Tony Tuff
5 Crime Act - Ashanti Waugh
6 Gate Man Get Fraid - Early B
7 Eradication - Robert French


Side 2

1 Let Go The Rhythm - Josey Wales
2 Me Want Join The Army - Early B
3 Police Police - Ashanti Waugh
4 Crucial Corporal - George Nooks
5 Champion Bubbler - Puddy Roots
6 Everybody Wants - Sugar Minott
7 Wat Wah - Sammy Dread


Musicians Include:
Carlton ‘Santa’ Davis: Drums
George ‘Fully’ Fullwood: Bass
Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith,Tony Chin: Guitar
Bernard ‘Touter’ Harvey, Jah Macha: Keyboards
Deadly ‘Headly’ Bennett: Horns

Recorded at: Channel 1, Tuff Gong Studios
Voiced at: King Tubby’s
Produced By: Ossie Thomas
Design By: Gary @ Voodoo London
Manufactured under Licence from Ossie Thomas
Made in the UK
All tracks copyright control