Original Ragga Muffin (1975-1977)

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All Music Guide - Nathan Bush
With the great King Tubby dubbing legendary producer Bunny Lee, and the results crowned by the deejay stylings of Jah Stitch himself, Original Ragga Muffin: 1975-1977 works on multiple levels. You are able to marvel at any one element Lee's rugged rhythms, Tubby's fantastic versions, Stitch's vocals or simply bask in the glory of the overall product. Though initially pegged as an imitator of the great Big Youth both were once employed by Jamaica's Tippertone sound system, Stitch clearly has his own style. Maintaining more of an even keel than Youth, Stitch works his themes through repetitive chanting, punctuating phrases with "Huh!" shouts that demand your attention. On ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Nathan Bush
With the great King Tubby dubbing legendary producer Bunny Lee, and the results crowned by the deejay stylings of Jah Stitch himself, Original Ragga Muffin: 1975-1977 works on multiple levels. You are able to marvel at any one element Lee's rugged rhythms, Tubby's fantastic versions, Stitch's vocals or simply bask in the glory of the overall product. Though initially pegged as an imitator of the great Big Youth both were once employed by Jamaica's Tippertone sound system, Stitch clearly has his own style. Maintaining more of an even keel than Youth, Stitch works his themes through repetitive chanting, punctuating phrases with "Huh!" shouts that demand your attention. On "African People 3 in 1," he presents a three-part acronym breakdown of the words "Africa," "Zion," and "Ethiopia" to wonderful effect. Unfortunately, Stitch fails to main the lyrical creativity on the material that follows. But anything the deejay lacks in poetic ingenuity he makes up for in the dedication to his subjects: "Watch Your Step Youthman," "Sinners Repent Your Soul," "Militant Man," and "Real Born African" being particularly revealing titles. Other highlights include two vocals over Johnny Clarke's "Crazy Baldhead" one a humorous jibe at rival producer Joe Gibbs and "No Dread Can't Dread." On the latter, Stitch sounds like he's jogging to the pace of the great, chugging rhythm, chanting "Natty dread a-the stal-a-wart." Guests include Vivian "Yabby U" Jackson, who contributes two productions, and Horace Andy: Stitch follows up the singer's great "Zion Gate" vocal with his own "Every Wicked Have to Crawl" discourse. The overall results of the deejay's plain-speak over Tubby's bass-heavy reductions create an appropriately dark, smoky atmosphere. Combined with the five Stitch cuts on Blood and Fire's If Deejay Was Your Trade compilation, Original Ragga Muffin provides the best overview of an underrated performer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/15/1996
  • Label: Blood & Fire Records
  • UPC: 783564001026
  • Catalog Number: 640010

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jah Stitch Primary Artist, Vocals, Interviewee
Johnny Clarke Piano
Ansel Collins Organ
Prince Jammy Voices
King Tubby Voices
Winston Bowen Rhythm Guitar
Winston Bope Bowne Rhythm Guitar
Tony Chin Rhythm Guitar
Carlton "Santa" Davis Drums
Sly Dunbar Drums
Bernard Touter Harvey Organ
Ossie Hibbert Piano
Lloyd Parks Bass
Robbie Shakespeare Bass
Noel "Scully" Simms Percussion
Earl "Chinna" Smith Guitar
Barnabas Stanley Brian Percussion
Barnabus Percussion
Tarzan Piano
Technical Credits
Yabby You Producer
Bunny Lee Producer
Blackbeard Contributor
Steve Barrow Liner Notes, Interviewer
Kevin Metcalfe Mastering
Adrian Shaughnessy Art Direction
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