If any album could conjure up the revolutionary spirit of Jamaica in the mid 1970’s,
Tapper Zukie’s invincible M.P.L.A. set would surely be a fighting contender. The
coming together of great rhythms and meaningful lyrics in a time of unrest in the
country seemed to have made the album all the more urgent and relevant. As time
would tell it would also prove to be a lasting success, not only with the hard core
reggae fans but also their punk counterparts. Who embraced its militant themes
and crossed the album over to a whole new audience.

Tapper Zukie (b. David Sinclair, Kingston, Jamaica.) had already returned from a
trip to London England by the mid 70’s .Initially sent with help from his parents,
brother Blackbeard and producer Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee to remove the youth from his
troublesome ways on the streets of Kingston, Jamaica. He had performed some
live shows in London and made some recordings for Larry Lawrence, that produced
his debut ‘Jump and Twist’. Alongside other recordings that would emerge as his
‘Man A Warrior’ set. But feeling homesick he had returned to Jamaica in 1974 to
work with Bunny Lee. His work would consist of arranging sessions and colle­cting
payments to bodyguard, the now very successful producer. His frustration of
Bunny Lee’s reluctance to record him led him cutting ‘Judge I Oh Lord’ for producer
Lloydie Slim. Bunny Lee’s then recording of Tapper’s ’Natty Dread Don’t Cry’ and its
subsequent release aboard, led to an altercation between Tapper and producer.

The police had to be called and an offer to provide the singer with a set of rhythms
put this matter to rest. The eight rhythms and a further two from Jo Jo Hookim and
Ossie Hibbert alongside some free studio time at King Tubby’s Studio would
result in the M.P.L.A album. The rhythm provided by Jo Jo Hookim was a Channel
One studio cut by The Revolutionaires based on Little Richards ‘Freedom Blues’
and provided the backdrop to M.P.L.A. The Ossie Hibbert rhythm again cut at
Channel One based on The Royals ‘Pick Up The Rockers’ would provide the
backdrop to Tapper’s ‘Pick Up The Rockers’. These and the remaining Bunny Lee
rhythms, were all cut in a one hour session, at King Tubby’s Studio. ’Don’t Get Crazy’
cut on a rhythm based on the Joe Frazier rhythm to Tony Brevett’s ‘Don’t Get Weary’.
‘Go De Natty’ cut on Cornell Campbell’s ‘Please Be True’, originally a cut to
Alexander Henry’s ‘Please Be True’. ‘Stop The Gun Shooting’ runs over
Horace Andy’s ‘Skylarking’.’Ital Pot’ cut on Johnny Clarke’s version of Burning
Spear’s ‘Creation Rebel. ‘Marcus’ see’s Tapper professing over Johnny Clarke’s
‘Poor Marcus’ .’Chalice To Chalice’ pulls on Johnny Clarke’s ‘Give Me a Love’,
’Don’t Deal With Babylon’ answers Junior Ross and The Spears ‘Babylon Fall’
and ‘Freedom’ rides on the great rhythm of Junior Ross and The Spears ‘Liberty’.
An outstanding album cut by one of Jamaica’s finest DJ’s and producers the
mighty Tapper Zukie.

We hope you enjoy this now timeless set.

CD Track Listing

1 Pick Up the Rockers
2 M.P.L.A.
3 Don’t Get Crazy
4 Go De Natty
5 Stop The Gun Shooting
6 Ital Pot
7 Marcus
8 Chalice To Chalice
9 Don’t Deal With Babylon
10 Freedom
11 Pick Up the Dub*
Source: Tappa Zukie ‘Pick Up The Rockers’
12 Dub M.P.L.A.*
Source: Tappa Zukie ‘M.P.L.A.’
•CD Bonus Track

Vinyl Track Listing

Side 1
1 Pick Up the Rockers
2 M.P.L.A.
3 Don’t Get Crazy
4 Go De Natty
5 Stop The Gun Shooting

Side 2

1 Ital Pot
2 Marcus
3 Chalice To Chalice
4 Don’t Deal With Babylon
5 Freedom

Musicians Include:
Sly Dunbar, Santa Davis: Drums
Robbie Shakespeare: Bass
Tony Chin, Bingy Bunny: Rhythm Guitar
Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith: Lead Guitar
Ansel Collins: Organ
Gladstone ‘Gladdy’ Anderson: Piano
Noel ‘Skully’ Simms as Sky Juice: Percussion
Vin Gordon: Trombone
Bobby Ellis: Trumpet
Deadly ‘Headly’ Bennett: Saxophone

Produced By: Tappa Zukie
Mixed at King Tubby’s Studio by Philip Smart
Design by: Gary @ Voodoo London
Manufactured Under License from D. Sinclair
All tracks copyright control