Scorchers from the Early Years 1967-73

Scorchers from the Early Years 1967-73

by Joe Gibbs
     
 
The six years covered by this generous two-disc set comprise an incredibly pivotal and important period in the history of reggae music, and very few producers were as influential during that period as Joe Gibbs. Organized in roughly chronological order, the 40 tracks presented here document the sound of rocksteady (with its rubbery, elastic

Overview

The six years covered by this generous two-disc set comprise an incredibly pivotal and important period in the history of reggae music, and very few producers were as influential during that period as Joe Gibbs. Organized in roughly chronological order, the 40 tracks presented here document the sound of rocksteady (with its rubbery, elastic beat) as it peaked in popularity and then gave way to the slower, darker sounds of early reggae; it ends just as the Rastafarian element was about to take over decisively and inform reggae's lyrical concerns for the remainder of the 1970s. Throughout this program, though, the songs are mostly about love and dancing and horse races (the Pioneers' classic "Longshot" is here in a showcase version, as is an alternate lyrical take on the same rhythm). The performers are a nice mix of familiar names (Stranger Cole, Ethiopians, Heptones) and relative unknowns (Soul Mates, Nicky Thomas, Young Souls), and the sound quality is generally very good. Highlights are many, and include a brilliant Stranger & Gladdy number titled "Seeing Is Knowing," which is presented here in showcase style with a Lee "Scratch" Perry DJ cut; a wonderful early Judy Mowatt song called "The Gardener" (and credited to "Julie Anne"); and the Ethiopians' fantastic "The Ring," a true early reggae gem.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/14/2009
Label:
Vp Records
UPC:
0054645415125
catalogNumber:
4151

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Hold Them
  2. Give It to Me
  3. You're Gonna Need Me
  4. Please Stop Your Lying
  5. Just Like a River/El Casino Royale
  6. Seeing Is Knowing/Kimble
  7. The Upsetter/Upsetter Version
  8. The Scorcher
  9. Musically
  10. Delilah
  11. Long Shot/Jackpot
  12. Jumpy Jumpy Girl
  13. Mama Look Deh
  14. Them a Laugh and a Kiki
  15. Private Number
  16. Wreck a Buddy
  17. Why Did You Leave Me
  18. It's Alright
  19. Only Yesterday/Danger Zone
  20. Reflections of Don D [Medley]

Disc 2

  1. No Money, No Honey/Nevada Joe
  2. Movements (The Joe Gibbs Way)
  3. Jack of My Trade/Franco Nero
  4. Don't Touch Me/Doctor Feelgood
  5. Aguarius
  6. Love of the Common People
  7. United We Stand
  8. The Gardener
  9. Hypocrite
  10. People of Today
  11. Maga Dog/Skanky Dog
  12. Them a Fi Get a Beaten/Reuben
  13. If I Had a Hammer/Hammering Version
  14. Have a Little Faith/Have Faith
  15. The Ring
  16. Pretty Girl
  17. Baby I Need Your Loving
  18. Knock on Wood
  19. Honey in My Pocket/A So We Stay
  20. Chucky No Lucky/Waterhouse Rock

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