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Niney the Observer one of Jamaica’s great producers, cultivated a distinctive
sparse/heavy sound to his productions. Add to this the poignant lyrics that many
of these tunes carried,builds to a roots music catalogue that few could match.

Niney the Observer (b. Winston Holness, 1951, Montego Jamaica) so named
due to a workshop accident in which he lost a thumb, began his musical induction
working for producer Bunny Lee in the late 60’s.Around 1968 Niney worked
alongside Lee Perry for producer Joe Gibbs eventually taking over Perry’s role as
‘­­­in house’ producer in 1968, when Perry decided to go his own way and start his
own label. Niney by now had learned his craft ,especially known for building strong
original rhythms which he put to good work on his first production called
‘Mr Brown’ / ‘Everybody Bawling’ for DJ’s Dennis Alcapone and Lizzy. This was a
hometown hit in Jamaica but its follow up in 1970, Niney’s ‘Blood & Fire’ featuring
Niney himself on vocals was a runaway hit selling over 30,000 copies in Jamaica
alone.

Niney’s production work hit another high around 1973 when he began working
with singer Dennis Brown. The records initially were released on Joe Gibbs label
but soon appeared on Niney’s own imprint ‘Observer’ label. Hit after hit came from
this chemistry that flowed between Niney and Dennis Brown, ’Westbound Train’
following in 1974 with, ‘Cassandra’, ‘I Am The Conqueror’ and the timeless
‘No More Shall I Roam’.

We have culled some great tunes that Niney added his magic production skills
to around this time, they show his vast talents and also the cross- section of artists
that he worked with. Dennis Brown
provides ‘Stages of Life’ alongside Leroy Smarts classic ‘Mr Richman’, Max Romeo
‘Don’t Be Prejudice’, Bob Andy ‘War War’, Delroy Wilson ‘Pretty Girl’. Ken Boothe
provides us with two cuts, ‘Namibia’ and ‘Peaceful Day’, vocal legend Alton Ellis
features with ‘Change My Life’ and vocal groups are represented by the
Versatiles ‘Trust The Book’ and Tamlins ‘Give It Up’.

A great selection of songs that work so well together, not only because of the
heartfelt singing that the artists put across but also the songs are interlinked
by Niney’s rich studio style…

Hope you enjoy the set……


CD Track Listing

1 Stages Of Life - Dennis Brown
2 Trust The Book - Versitiles
3 Give It Up - Tamlins
4 War War - Bob Andy
5 Mr Richman - Leroy Smart
6 Namibia - Ken Boothe
7 Change My Life - Alton Ellis
8 My Heart Is Clean - Cornell Campbell
9 Pretty Girl - Delroy Wilson
10 Don’t Be Prejudice - Max Romeo
11 Reasons Why - Hugh Griffiths
12 Peaceful Day - Ken Boothe
13 Don’t Touch Me - Nicky Thomas
14 Two In One / Reach The Border - Gregory Issacs
15 Truly - Alton Ellis*
16 The Time Has Come - Versatiles*
17 So Fine - Delroy Wilson*
•CD Bonus Track

Vinyl Track Listing

Side 1
1 Stages Of Life - Dennis Brown
2 Trust The Book - Versitiles
3 Give It Up - Tamlins
4 War War - Bob Andy
5 Mr Richman - Leroy Smart
6 Namibia - Ken Boothe
7 Change My Life - Alton Ellis

Side 2

1 My Heart Is Clean - Cornell Campbell
2 Pretty Girl - Delroy Wilson
3 Don’t Be Prejudice - Max Romeo
4 Reasons Why - Hugh Griffiths
5 Peaceful Day - Ken Boothe
6 Don’t Touch Me - Nicky Thomas
7 Two In One / Reach The Border - Gregory Issacs


Musicians Include:
Carlton ‘Santa’ Davis: Drums
George ‘Fully’ Fullwood: Bass
Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith, Tony Chin: Guitar
Keith Sterling, Gladstone ‘Gladdy’ Anderson: Keyboards
Noel ‘Skully’ Simms: Percussion
Bobby Ellis, Tommy McCook, Vin Gordon: Horns
Heptones: Harmonies

Recorded at: Dynamic Sounds, Joe Gibbs Studio
Produced by: Niney The Observer
Design by: Gary at Voodoo London
Photography: Jah Floyd Archive
Manufactured under Licence from: Winston Holness
Made in the UK
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