KSLP061

Tapper Zukie is not only a successful recording artist in his own right but also
a renowned producer. In the mid 1970’s he set up his own record label Stars
to help nurture the many artists that were rising in Kingston Jamaica.
In doing so created a great catalogue of Reggae music that few artists have bettered.

His inspiration was the Detroit label Motown Records. His plan was to head
a whole stable of artists and was inspired by the vast talent from his own
Greenwich Farm area. An early release in 1976 Ronnie Davis’s ‘No Weak Heart’
set the bar level high with its Vin Gordon driven rhythm, Tapper was using the
cream of the crop of Jamaican musicians to realize his aims. Singer Prince Alla
had recorded before but seemed to find his sound under Tapper’s guidance and
scored a hit with the roots classic ‘Bosra’. Another great find were Junior Ross
and the Spears and they cut there timeless hit ‘Liberty’ for the Stars label.
Linford Nugent cut the catchy ‘Black Princess’, but it was not only new talent
that found its way to the Stars camp. Tapper had mastered a heavyweight
sound that suited the roots period of the time and many artists came to him
for this very reason . Rocksteady legend Alton Ellis cut ‘We A Feel It’,
Cornell Campbell ‘Press Along Natty’ and Horace Andy scored a massive
crossover hit with ‘Natty Dread A Weh She Want’. Tapper Zukie had also
taken over a pressing plant in Kingston so the whole instore production
and distribution was now available to his artists. Even the Crown Prince
of Reggae himself Dennis Brown came to the Stars label and recorded
a great heavy weight song in 1988 ‘Death Before Dishonour’.

For this release and with the help of Tapper Zukie himself, we have had
picked some of the highlights of the Stars label to make this great album
all the artists are stars and all the tracks shine.

Hope you enjoy the selection…..



CD Track Listing

1 Liberty Junior Ross and the Spears
2 Bosra Prince Alla
3 Black Princess Linford Nugent
4 Press Along Natty Cornell Campbell
5 Death Before Dishonour Dennis Brown
6 Natty Dread A Weh She Want
7 Morgan The Pirate The Mighty Diamonds
8 Everyone Has There Work On Earth Rockey Dread
9 No Weak Heart Ronnie Davis
10 Marcia Freddy McKay
11 We A Feel It
12 Bad Boy The Mighty Diamonds
13 World of Tribulation Cornell Campbell
14 Run Babylon Horace Andy
15 Marijuana Frankie Jones*
16 Make Faith Tapper Zukie & Knowledge (12” Mix)*
17 Leaders Of Black Countries Vibes Tone*
18 Proud To Be Black Frankie Jones (12” Mix)*
•CD Bonus Track

Vinyl Track Listing

Side 1
1 Liberty Junior Ross and the Spears
2 Bosra Prince Alla
3 Black Princess Linford Nugent
4 Press Along Natty Cornell Campbell
5 Death Before Dishonour Dennis Brown
6 Natty Dread A Weh She Want
7 Morgan The Pirate The Mighty Diamonds

Side 2

1 Everyone Has There Work On Earth Rockey Dread
2 No Weak Heart Ronnie Davis
3 Marcia Freddy McKay
4 We A Feel It
5 Bad Boy The Mighty Diamonds
6 World of Tribulation Cornell Campbell
7 Run Babylon Horace Andy


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

Produced by: Tapper Zukie
Design: Gary @ Voodoo London
Manufactured Under Licence from: D. Sinclair
All tracks copyright control