Best sold 'Roots Reggae' Items within the week before Dec 31, 2009 (100 in all)
Bunny continued to release records throughout the seventies that were never less than excellent and, as the new decade got underway, he came forward with one of his best ever releases: the militant clarion call 'Rise And Shine'. Stretched over two momentous sides of a UK twelve inch release, the record was a huge hit, but has been unavailable ever since. Bunny returned to the song on his superb 'Liberation' album at the close of the decade but the original cut has remained one of the most in-demand records on the 'revival' circuit.
Bunny produced a string of hits during the dance hall explosion of eighties where, backed by The Roots Radics, he continued to show the new generation how it should be done. The greatest of his dance hall style records was the self explanatory 'Rule Dance Hall' from 1987 originally released on the album of the same name and subsequently issued as a seven inch single. "East, west north and south I rule the land. I play original style while others play version…"
'Feel Alright', a tune that charts the transition from rocksteady into reggae, is a version to James Brown's 'There Was A Time' adopted and adapted for Jamaican audiences over a dense choppy rhythm. James Brown's influence on reggae has seldom been acknowledged but the 'hardest working man in show business' knew and understood all about the power of the groove and the importance of a strong rhythm track. The B-side 'Instrumental' has caused Wailers scholars many a sleepless night as they strain to catch the snatches of vocals that have leaked on to the piano led rhythm for the full vocal to this backing track has never been released. Now it's your chance to do the same!
One of the rarest records on the Wail N Soul M label and one that Bunny in later years would interpret as a conscious rather than a lascivious lyric. The first and only release on the label to acknowledge a late sixties trend and come replete with an instrumental 'version' on the B-side where the rhythm, with its subtle nyahbinghi drums, stands proud.
Clocktower CA1973- 1976
Bunny followed 'Search For Love' with 'Bide Up' another emotional tour de force and with a message so different that it takes a while to fully assimilate. He would later recut the song for his classic solo debut album 'Black Heart Man' but this is the original cut in all its glory. The B-side features one of the two Big Youth versions to the song and the Youth is at his peak here as he reinforces Bunny's message with own his plea for greater understanding: "Be unto one another like a man to a brother…"
Peter Tosh was the first reggae artist to realise the limitless possibilities of the melodica (listen to the Wailers' first Tuff Gong release 'Sun Is Shining') and here he adds its haunting power to one of Bunny's best ever rhythms the prophetic 'Amagideon' from 'Black Heart Man'. The melodica phrases and the subtle, restrained mixing on both sides of this single bring out all the brooding introspection and mystery in the track.
Goldenlane UK1970- 1973
¥2980 ¥2380 (US$21.11)
VP US1975- 1980
RAS US (Org)1996
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