Killer instrumental 45 on Rawse, spread over two sides. The Wackie's house band under the 'Azul' moniker, with a fantastic piano sound. One of the rarest Wackie's produced singles.
The absolute monster tune "Cross the Border" by Midnight Riders. This tune caught the attention of some astute dubplate fiends when an old dubplate of the tune was sold on eBay a few years back. A majestic roots tune on this killer rhythm, it's mind boggling that this one never made it to release at the time, but here it is now in all its glory, vocal & dub, the pinnacle of the Channel 1 sound.
The Channel 1 Lost & Found series returns for it's fourth installment and it's the biggest and baddest one yet. Clarence Parks comes in heavy with two awesome tunes, both previously unreleased, again, both sides with dubs. You may recognize the rhythm for "Been So Long" from Half Pint's "Freedom Fighter" and a handful of other tunes, yet another killer Radics riddim employed by several producers working at CH1 at the time. The flip side "Mt. Zion" is a one-away riddim as far as we know, but we wish it wasn't! Heavy stuff, but that's not all…more unreleased Clarence Parks still to come!
The mysterious Elijah cut this mellow and heartfelt 2-part single for Sir Collins, then apparently disappeared from the recording scene. But the tune made quite a mark in New York, where it was released on the very rare Bronx-based WARICKA label, enough to have been covered a few years later by KC White (we also reissued his cut, still available, see here!) The tune is also remembered fondly as a New York sound system favorite in the 1970s by those active back then. It was also released on the Ackee label in the UK, memorable roots reggae for sure.
The Wailers Band meets Horace Andy and Winston Jarrett.
Also known as "Earth Must Be Hell", this is an immense roots classic including lovers anthem "Unity Strength & Love", True Born African", "Let The Music Play" and more.
The Channel 1 Lost & Found series of previously unreleased music continues with more killer ten inches. Two heavy shots from Horace Ferguson. Before hitting with "Sensi Addict" for Prince Jazzbo, Horace Ferguson voiced some tunes for Channel 1, like "Fever" and "Walk Out On Me", both of which were issued on 12"s on CH1's JEDI imprint. However, there was more on tape, and how these two bombs didn't end up on release, we don't know, but here they are now. Strictly early 1980's reality style, again in a heavy style that bears the hallmarks of the Roots Radics/Scientist combination. Both tunes with dubs.
Throughout the 1970's, I-Roy recorded for tons of producers, and eventually began bartering with many of them for cuts of rhythms to voice himself on, as his own productions. Through his popularity in the UK, I-Roy got a deal with Virgin Records to release many of these new self-productions. Tucked away on these albums is this pair of wicked tunes, prime for release on single, and here it is. 'Set the Captives Free' was originally released on the 'World on Fire' LP, a very tough rhythm. The voice of Freddie McKay is heard singing behind I-Roy, and despite our best efforts, we were still unable to find out more about this mystery vocal! On the flip of this single is the killer horns dub to this rhythm, called 'Bubbling Jug', which was released on I-Roy's 'Cancer' dub LP. Apparently this dub and the Freddie McKay vocal were run on dubplate by Jah Shaka back in the day.
VP US1975- 1980