Your Ace from Space

Your Ace from Space

by U-Roy
     
 
U-Roy had already made the rounds of producers and cut a handful of singles which had created quite a stir in the underground scene. But it was only after the DJ hooked up with producer Duke Reid that the rest of Jamaica awoke to the DJ's charms. U-Roy's first recording for Reid was appropriately enough titled "Wake

Overview

U-Roy had already made the rounds of producers and cut a handful of singles which had created quite a stir in the underground scene. But it was only after the DJ hooked up with producer Duke Reid that the rest of Jamaica awoke to the DJ's charms. U-Roy's first recording for Reid was appropriately enough titled "Wake the Town," a version of Alton Ellis' classic "Girl I've Got a Date." Over the rocksteady rhythm, the DJ jauntily rapped along with an ease never before heard. The single was a smash, "Rule the Nation," taking the rhythm from the Techniques' "Love Is Not a Gamble" followed suit, as did "Wear You to the Ball Tonight," a version of the Paragons' hit of the same title. Amazingly, all three songs took the top three chart placements at the same time in 1970. U-Roy had arrived. By the end of the year, the DJ had recorded a total of 32 songs for Reid, 30 of which appear on Your Ace From Space. Part of the appeal, of course, was that the producer dug up a king's ransom of classic rocksteady tracks from his Treasure Isle vault for U-Roy's use. The Paragons proved a favorite, not surprisingly considering John Holt's role in bringing the DJ to Reid; the Melodians were also heavily versioned, while cuts by the Jamaicans, the Techniques, the Silvertones and Hopeton Lewis provided an all-star backdrop for U-Roy's pleasure. And the DJ's pleasure at the choice of material is obvious, another reason for his success. In these early days, the DJ's job was more that of an MC, there to exhort the crowd, live or on record. U-Roy took this one step further, responding directly to the original lyrics, or using them as a launch pad for his own comments. His singsong vocals, and unerring ability to ride the rhythms, were a wonder to behold. Add Tommy McCook's "Supersonics" to the mix, and Ace is as classic as the track's original versions.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/19/1995
Label:
Trojan Records Uk
UPC:
0766126135926
catalogNumber:
359

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

U-Roy   Primary Artist,Vocals
Alton Ellis   Track Performer
John Holt   Track Performer
Melodians   Track Performer
Phyllis Dillon   Track Performer
Jamaicans   Track Performer
Techniques   Track Performer
Three Tops   Track Performer
Paragons   Track Performer
Hopeton Lewis   Track Performer
Ken Parker   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Duke Reid   Producer
Ewart Beckford   Composer
Tommy McCook   Contributor
Chris Prete   Liner Notes
Tommy McCook & the Supersonics   rhythm track

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