Red Bumb Ball: Rare and Unreleased Rocksteady

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All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
"Get off your pomps and pride," Derrick Morgan taunts his competitors, "I'm the Ruler," "always the ruler, right here on Orange Street. I'm going to take you down." And Morgan was, and he did, swaggering his way straight across the ska, rocksteady and reggae eras, the "Conquering Ruler" of the Jamaican scene. There's no better proof of his power than Red Bumb Ball: Rare and Unreleased Rocksteady, a phenomenal compilation dedicated not to the singing producer's own hits and chart-busting productions, but to his equally fabulous rarities and unreleased numbers dating from the rocksteady age. Some of the songs and artists are so rare they don't even rate a footnote in the ...
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All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
"Get off your pomps and pride," Derrick Morgan taunts his competitors, "I'm the Ruler," "always the ruler, right here on Orange Street. I'm going to take you down." And Morgan was, and he did, swaggering his way straight across the ska, rocksteady and reggae eras, the "Conquering Ruler" of the Jamaican scene. There's no better proof of his power than Red Bumb Ball: Rare and Unreleased Rocksteady, a phenomenal compilation dedicated not to the singing producer's own hits and chart-busting productions, but to his equally fabulous rarities and unreleased numbers dating from the rocksteady age. Some of the songs and artists are so rare they don't even rate a footnote in the reggae archives, like Pauline Morgan & the Consummates. This sweet, soulful duo offer up two stellar numbers on the same sumptuous riddim, as well as backing Pauline Morgan and an uncredited Morgan on "Give Me a Chance." In contrast, most reggae fans have heard of the Viceroys. Their Studio One recordings during the rocksteady age were rather lackluster, but check out the quartet they cut for Morgan, and you discover a band chaffing at the bit. The Black Brothers, too, recorded for both Clement "Coxsone" Dodd and Morgan during this period, another fine duo who subsequently disappeared leaving barely a trace. They at least left behind a handful of singles; Austin Faithfull apparently didn't even do that. Obviously still in his teens but already a powerful, emotive singer, he's yet another sad casualty of an island over-stuffed with talent. Lloyd Robinson had better luck, both as a solo singer and one half of a variety of duos. The Tartans' Devon Russell accompanies him on this set's title track, a song originally found on the flipside of Morgan's own "Conquering Ruler" single. Morgan himself provides half-a-dozen of his own songs, and although a number have featured on other compilations, the rest really are rarities, including his stellar remake of "I Wish I Were an Apple," a song the singer originally cut for Duke Reid in 1961. Backing Morgan and the other vocalists on this compilation is Lyn Taitt & the Jets, and their sensational riddims are reason enough to buy this set. Taitt's phenomenal guitar work, Glady Gladstone's glorious piano, Bryan Atkinson's stellar, strutting basslines, and Joe Isaacs' indeed steady-as-a-rock drumming helped define the rocksteady sound, and this set is an equal tribute to their sensational work. Neglected and unheard for far too long, this Red Bumb Ball is bouncing back again.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/4/2003
  • Label: Pressure Sounds
  • UPC: 689492021726
  • Catalog Number: 40
  • Sales rank: 82,135

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Red Bumb Ball - Lloyd & Devon (2:34)
  2. 2 I'm in a Rocking Mood - Austin Faithful (3:17)
  3. 3 The Story (I Wish I Was an Apple) - Derrick Morgan (3:30)
  4. 4 Give It to Him - The Hot Tops (2:52)
  5. 5 I've Been Searching - Eric Smith & The Lovetts (2:37)
  6. 6 Hop Special (Whiter Shade of Pale) - Roland Alphonso (3:39)
  7. 7 I'm the Ruler - Derrick Morgan (2:32)
  8. 8 Cry No More for Me - Austin Faithful (2:19)
  9. 9 Food of Love - The Inventors (2:46)
  10. 10 Lonely World - The Black Brothers (2:22)
  11. 11 Give Me a Chance - Pauline Morgan & The Consummates (2:48)
  12. 12 Do It Now - The Consummates (2:37)
  13. 13 Give Me Loving - The Black Brothers (3:21)
  14. 14 Father Killam - Derrick Morgan (2:23)
  15. 15 The More They Get - The Consummates (2:49)
  16. 16 Tears on My Pillow - Derrick Morgan (2:49)
  17. 17 Every Day - Brothers (2:07)
  18. 18 Bad Luck for Me - Derrick Morgan (3:07)
  19. 19 Walkie Talkie - The Viceroys (2:29)
  20. 20 Do You Love Me? - Pauline (2:19)
  21. 21 Prisoner in Love - Derrick Morgan (3:14)
  22. 22 Let Him Go (Wrap Up) - The Viceroys (2:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gladstone Anderson Piano, Group Member
Lyn Taitt Guitar, Group Member
Joe Isaacs Drums, Group Member
Lynn Taitt & The Jets Musician
Bryan Atkinson Bass, Group Member
Technical Credits
Derrick Morgan Arranger, Composer, Producer
David Blackman Mastering
Al Lewis Composer
Jeb Loy Nichols Artwork
Sylvester Bradford Composer
Harry Hawke Liner Notes
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