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Legendary bass guitarist, musical arranger and record producer who has played on thousands, literally, of Jamaican hits as one of The Hippy Boys, The Aggrovators & The Upsetters and has also produced hit records for his own Defenders, FAM’S and Cobra labels. Family Man is renowned worldwide for his integral role in shaping the musical direction of Bob Marley & The Wailers throughout their incredible international career.

Born Aston Francis Barrett 22nd November 1946 and raised in downtown Kingston Aston was always a ladies man and gained his ‘Family Man’ epithet as a result of the children he fathered while still in his teens… and he has more than lived up to his name over the ensuing years. As a young man he earned his living as a welder…an apt trade for Family Man as welding is a popular Jamaican euphemism for… you know what!

"Ah… it's only twenty three daughters and eighteen sons… I am the family man. I'm gifted with forty one. And twenty three grandchildren. And two great-grand." Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett

The Barrett family lived in the same yard as legendary saxophonist Val Bennett and The Skatalites would occasionally rehearse there and Aston and his brother Carlton would listen to the band with rapt attention. Initially Aston sang and played piano in a harmony group known as The Jiving Crackerballs but he soon realised he was never going to make it as a singer and, because he had sang bass parts in the group, he decided to play the bass guitar. He built his first guitar at the welding shop which he played like an upright bass and Carlton would accompany him drumming on empty paint cans. The brothers would hang around the studios and nightclubs near their home where Aston was inspired by established bass players including Lloyd Brevett and Lloyd Spence of The Skatalites and Clifton ‘Jackie’ Jackson. He would listen to their bass lines and then improvise his own.

The Barrett brothers got their big break when the rhythm section of the The Hippy Boys did not show up one night to play a live date. The group’s vocalist, Max Romeo, recalled that “after much reluctance” they allowed them to sit in and were so impressed with their performance that, from then on, the brothers became The Hippy Boys rhythm section. Their first recording was for Lloyd ‘Charmers’ Tyrell in 1968 backing The Uniques on a version of Buffalo Springfield’s ‘For What It’s Worth’. The song was re-made and re-modelled as ‘Watch This Sound’ and was a huge hit when it was released on Winston Lowe’s Tramp label in Kingston and Trojan in London. The brothers began to play regularly on sessions for up and coming producers Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee.

“The first tune that Family Man played with his brother Carlie was ‘Watch This Sound’ with Slim Smith. They were a team together with Glen Adams who started playing the organ and Reggie playing guitar. The Upsetters and The Aggrovators with Family Man and Carlie…

Carlie and Family Man… those brothers were my rhythm section for a while. They started in the Sixties and people used to call them ‘Bunny Lee and his wrong chord musicians’. I used to say the people who buy records don’t know chords like you do! But after we started making the hits everybody started using them and all the big musicians like Hux Brown then played with them.” Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee

The Hippy Boys, Alva ‘Reggie’ Lewis on guitar, Lloyd ‘Charmers’ Tyrell and Glen ‘Capo’ Adams on keyboards, Carlton ‘Carlie’ Barrett on drums and Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett on bass, were now acknowledged masters of the brand new reggae rhythm. They provided the backing for countless hit records sometimes as The Hippy Boys, sometimes as The Aggrovators, sometimes as The Upsetters but often without any credit at all. They also made a number of their own instrumental hits for Sonia Pottinger’s High Note label including ‘Dr No Go’ and ‘Reggae Pressure’. Their High Note album ‘Reggae With The Hippy Boys’ was a big seller in Jamaica and England and is now a highly priced and highly prized collectors item.

At the beginning of 1970 the Barrett brothers were sought out by Bob Marley to back his self production ‘Black Progress’, a reworking of James Brown’s 1968 King release ‘Say It Loud I’m Black And I’m Proud’… “we demand the right to do things for ourselves” , which was originally released on the blank rubber stamped Power Records label. And, in the summer of that year, The Wailers, Bob Marley, Bunny Livingston and Peter Tosh, began working with Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry on a series of recordings that would eventually take Jamaican music into previously uncharted territory. The rhythmical foundation to records such as ‘Duppy Conqueror’, ‘Small Axe’, ‘Man To Man’ & ‘Soul Rebel’ was provided by Scratch’s Upsetters with the omnipresent Barrett brothers driving the music ever forward. Scratch now fashioned an entirely new sound by emphasising the ‘blackness’ and the rawness of The Wailers’ songs and Bunny Livingston recalled many years later how important The Upsetters had been to The Wailers worldwide breakthrough.

“Well… make I tell you now. Family Man, Carlie Barrett, Reggie, Glen Adams they are The Upsetters. We began our real establishment internationally with these brothers playing the music.” Bunny ‘Wailer’ Livingston

The Wailers parted company acrimoniously with Scratch in 1971 and Aston and Carlton Barrett left with them and became the core members of “The Wailers Band”.

“Our musicians tried their best to get good. And they got to sound good! They became The Wailers band then Robbie (Shakespeare) came in when they started to play for Bob. Robbie is a student of Family Man too you know…” Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee

In late 1972 Chris Blackwell from Island Records, London advanced Bob Marley & The Wailers £4000 to record an album in Jamaica. Providing advances to finance the recording of an album was standard music business procedure but placing this amount of trust in and financial commitment to a Jamaican group was unprecedented. The Wailers repaid that trust by delivering the tapes of ‘Catch A Fire’ to Island whose marketing strategy for the album was a masterstroke. Reggae had previously received very little positive coverage in the UK but Chris Blackwell appealed to the vanity of record buyers (the student audience was particularly influential at this time) by promoting The Wailers and reggae as a ‘real’ underground and seriously rebellious music. It worked! Bob Marley & The Wailers became the toast of the UK rock press, interviews and photographs were featured in all the music papers and the group made a stunning appearance performing ‘Concrete Jungle’ and ‘Stir It Up’ on the BBC television programme ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’… previously a bastion of ‘progressive’ music.

“Blackwell cleverly marketed The Wailers in the manner with which he had already achieved success for island rock acts like Traffic, Cat Stevens and Fairport Convention… as an alternative to mainstream rock music… and Bob’s was definitely a name to drop for the campus hip.” Ian McCann

The original Wailers officially ‘broke up’ in January 1975 when Peter and Bunny left the group. Bob recruited The I Threes: Marcia Griffiths, his wife Rita Marley and Judy Mowatt as his new backing singers and, together with Family Man, Carlie & Earl ‘Wire’ Lindo on keyboards, they became known as Bob Marley & The Wailers. The group opened their two triumphal London concerts in the summer of that year with ‘Trench Town Rock’ and Island released the ‘Live At The Lyceum’ album in time for Christmas. The slow, churning on stage rendition of ‘No Woman No Cry’ from the Lyceum concerts gave Bob Marley & The Wailers their all important, long awaited international hit single and brought the sound of the Kingston ghetto and the power of reggae music to the wider world. For the rest of the decade Bob Marley & The Wailers worked tirelessly and ceaselessly and their music and message continued to move onwards and upwards reaching ever deeper depths and higher heights. In April of 1980 Bob Marley & The Wailers played at the now legendary Zimbabwe Independence Day Concert in Salisbury (now Harare) and in June they played to an audience of 100,000 fans in Milan’s San Siro stadium: the band’s largest ever audience.

However, Family Man somehow managed to find the time during this period to also produce a superb selection of records. These included the truly classical ‘Love Thy Neighbours’ by Vivian ‘Yabby You’ Jackson, the sole release on Aston Barrett’s Defenders label, its Nyahbhingi driven instrumental counteraction ‘Distant Drums’ on FAM’S, the blistering instrumental ‘Eastern Memphis’ on Cobra, ‘Work’ and ‘Guided Missile’ on Tuff Gong and two astonishing remixes of Wailers Wail N Soul M outings ‘Trouble On The Road Again’ re-titled ‘Trouble Dub’ and ‘Feel Alright’ re-titled ‘Dub Feeling’ released back to back on FAM’S. Family Man was never a prolific producer but his small, but perfectly formed catalogue, is every bit as important as his work as a musician.

After Bob Marley’s untimely death from cancer on 11th May 1981 and the murder of Carlton Barrett on April 17th 1987 Family Man bravely soldiered on. The Wailers Band remained active, although there have been numerous changes in the line up, and Family Man is now the only member to have played with Bob Marley. He has continued to lead and tour the world with The Wailers Band despite a number of highly publicised court cases with the Marley family and Island Records regarding alleged unpaid royalties. He wryly commented “in business you do not get what you deserve… only what you negotiate” and Family Man continues to “keep the spirit of Bob Marley alive through the reggae music”. The Wailers Band are currently touring (Summer 2014) and performing Bob Marley & The Wailers ‘Legend’ compilation album in its entirety. Global sales of ‘Legend’ are estimated at between twenty five to forty million since its initial release thirty years ago… “I just keep playing the music… keep making the music. I am the one who is the architect of reggae". Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett

Sources:
Naoki Ienaga: Interview with Bunny ‘Wailer’ Livingston Kingston, Jamaica 19th October 2012
Noel Hawks & Jah Floyd: Reggae Going International 1967 to 1976 The Bunny Striker Lee Story Jamaican Recordings Publishing 2012
David Katz: People Funny Boy The Genius Of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry Payback Press 2000
Ian McCann: The Complete Guide To The Music Of Bob Marley Omnibus Press 1994
Timothy White: Catch A Fire The Life Of Bob Marley Elm Tree Books 1983


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PART 9 Releases
DSR-FM7-18
Side A) Brimstone - Back Weh
Side B) Brimstone - Babylon
Side A) Brimstone - Back Weh   
Side B) Brimstone - Babylon   

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PART 8 Releases
DSR-FM7-17
Side A) Family Man, Rebel Arms - Tribute To Y Mas Gan
Side B) Family Man, Rebel Arms - Steppers Rock
Side A) Family Man, Rebel Arms - Tribute To Y Mas Gan   
Side B) Family Man, Rebel Arms - Steppers Rock   

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DSR-FM7-16
Side A) Sena - Natural Woman
Side B) Family Man - Natural Woman Version
Side A) Sena - Natural Woman   
Side B) Family Man - Natural Woman Version   

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PART 7 Releases
DSR-FM7-15
Side A) Horace Andy - Unity, Love And Strength
Side B) Horace Andy - I Stand Before You
Side A) Horace Andy - Unity, Love And Strength   
Side B) Horace Andy - I Stand Before You   

Not only reggae fans have been after the reissue of this lovers roots classic.
“Unity, Love and Strength” starts with smooth piano into sweet dramatic vocal piece backed by the Wailers band.
Horace Andy’s falsetto is the perfect touch to this masterpiece.

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PART 6 Releases
DSR-FM7-13
Side A) Aston Family Man Barrett - Soul Constitution
Side B) Aston Family Man Barrett & Johnny Dizzy Moore - Cell Block 11
Side A) Aston Family Man Barrett - Soul Constitution   
Side B) Aston Family Man Barrett & Johnny Dizzy Moore - Cell Block 11   

Solid roots instrumentals produced by Aston "Family Man" Barrett of the Wailers.
"Soul Constitution" sees soulful organ played on tight rhythm section leaning towards funky grooves.
Hard to believe it was recorded at Randy's in 1971!

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PART 5 Releases
DSR-FM7-14
Side A) Horace Andy - Earth Must Be Hell
Side B) Winston Jarrett - Slaving In Babylon
Side A) Horace Andy - Earth Must Be Hell   
Side B) Winston Jarrett - Slaving In Babylon   

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Product Number: DSR-FM7-14
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PART 4 Releases
DSR-FM7-11
Side A) The Wailers - Trouble Dub
Side B) The Wailers - Dub Feeling
Side A) The Wailers - Trouble Dub   
Side B) The Wailers - Dub Feeling   

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Product Number: DSR-FM7-11
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DSR-FM7-12
Side A) Vivian Jackson, Deffenders - Love Thy Neighbours
Side B) Vivian Jackson, Deffenders - Love Thy Neighbour Version
Side A) Vivian Jackson, Deffenders - Love Thy Neighbours   
Side B) Vivian Jackson, Deffenders - Love Thy Neighbour Version   

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PART 3 Releases
DSR-FM7-08
Side A) Aston 'Family Man' Barrett - Cobra Style
Side B) Aston 'Family Man' Barrett - Cobra Style Dub
Side A) Aston 'Family Man' Barrett - Cobra Style   
Side B) Aston 'Family Man' Barrett - Cobra Style Dub   

A minor chord killer instrumental - the corpus of all the Family Man sounds.
It is also a monumental piece of the Wailers Band.
Like Eastern Memphis, this is one of the most talked about Family Man masterpiece.
It clearly shows Family Man’s musical versatility not only as a bassist, but as a master musician.
Although funnily enough it was the time when Jamaica was largely dominated by Deejays and Dancehall, the world famous Wailers Band never betrayed their fans by tightly keeping their “Wailers Sound”.
It is a pleasure to listen to the strong belief and confidence in their music.

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DSR-FM7-09
Side A) Aston 'Family Man' Barrett - Well Pleased
Side B) Aston 'Family Man' Barrett - Pleasing Dub
Side A) Aston 'Family Man' Barrett - Well Pleased   
Side B) Aston 'Family Man' Barrett - Pleasing Dub   

Recorded at the same session as Cobra Style, this is a peace and love instrumental that touches your heartstrings.
Perhaps designed by Family Man himself, this is a piece to chill out after being done by the killer, Cobra Style as it was originally recorded on the B-side of the same 12” ? a must have for the owner of the latter.
Although the instrumentals have traditionally been recorded since the 60’s, due to the cut down on the recording cost, it started to diminish since the end of the 70’s and it was really rare to see them in the 80’s, so that make it an undoubtedly precious and prestige instrumental.
Comparing this to Cobra Style, there could be an endless discussion arguing which one is better however since they have such different musical concepts to each other, leave them alone to appreciate the true listening experience.

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Product Number: DSR-FM7-09
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DSR-FM7-10
Side A) Ashanti Wah - Elegant Shape
Side B) Family Man - Elegant Dub
Side A) Ashanti Wah - Elegant Shape   
Side B) Family Man - Elegant Dub   

Invaluable hard Dancehall steppers by Family Man produced in the twilight of the Digital era.The Ragga sound at its peak after the Digital Revolution, Family Man still remains to be the trusted person of influence.
His iconic hard steppers style bass line is non exceptional at this era, so deep like in immovability like a mountain.
Ashanti Wah recorded this piece a few times after, however none of them comes even as close as this cut.
Officially first time to be released as a single.

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PART 2 Releases
DSR-FM7-04
Side A) Maria Anderson - Cottage By The Sea Side
Side B) Maria Anderson - Woman In Love
Side A) Maria Anderson - Cottage By The Sea Side   
Side B) Maria Anderson - Woman In Love   

Beautifully shinning golden female Lover's Rock.At this time, the Wailers band didn't play much of those sweet love songs, however this 7” definitely proves Familyman’s versatile musical orientation.
A truly tight rhythm section beautifully blends with this rather unknown singer’s superb voice making these nothing but a masterpiece.
A heart calming double-sider.

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Product Number: DSR-FM7-04
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DSR-FM7-05
Side A) Jimmy Riley - We're Gonna Make It
Side B) Family Man - Dub Maker
Side A) Jimmy Riley - We're Gonna Make It   
Side B) Family Man - Dub Maker   

A dignified roots vocal that represents the sounds of the Wailers of the time.
In the 60’s, as known as the prime of time for Rocksteady, Jimmy Riley used to sing for a vocal group called the Uniques.
Back then, Familyman was playing as a part of the infamous session band, the Hippy Boys in the heart of Kingston.The first ever recording of those two goes way back in 1968, so it must have been quite a reunion in this studio session.This piece was recorded around about the same time as the Cobra Style, and exactly as Familyman plotted, the veteran, Jimmy achieved the great Wailers sound.

In the 60’s, as known as the prime of time for Rocksteady, Jimmy Riley used to sing for a vocal group called the Uniques.
Back then, Familyman was playing as a part of the infamous session band, the Hippy Boys in the heart of Kingston.The first ever recording of those two goes way back in 1968, so it must have been quite a reunion in this studio session.This piece was recorded around about the same time as the Cobra Style, and exactly as Familyman plotted, the veteran, Jimmy achieved the great Wailers sound.

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Product Number: DSR-FM7-05
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DSR-FM7-06
Side A) Family Man, Rebel Arms - Family Man Skank
Side B) Family Man, Rebel Arms - Dub Combination
Side A) Family Man, Rebel Arms - Family Man Skank   
Side B) Family Man, Rebel Arms - Dub Combination   

The finest instrumental dub that deserves the name, Familyman and the Rebel Arms.
A piece never really got released back then.It is Familyman’s specialty to express his infinite creativity on instrumentals.
As expected, he easily achieved higher dimension with these two minimalistically structured pieces.
Nothing but a Familyman’s sound played by no other than the Wailers band themselves.
In addition, he may have played this superb synthesizer himself.Guaranteed you won’t hear this sort of sound anywhere else.

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Product Number: DSR-FM7-06
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DSR-FM7-07
Side A) Wailers - Guided Missile
Side B) Wailers - Work
Side A) Wailers - Guided Missile   
Side B) Wailers - Work   

Jackie Mittoo’s all time classic interpreted deadly by Familyman, backed with the one off style instrumental accompanied by astonishingly cool chant.It would never be possible to mass-produce this kind of highly creative and artistic piece by mainstream producers.
This would only have happened by the world’s top class band that they are.

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Product Number: DSR-FM7-07
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PART 1 Releases
DSR-FM7-01
Side A) Family Man, Rebel Arms - Eastern Memphis
Side B) Wailers - Rebel Am I
Side A) Family Man, Rebel Arms - Eastern Memphis   
Side B) Wailers - Rebel Am I   

This is the quintessence of the Wailers lead by Familyman, playing a killer horn instrumental and the dubwise.
Arguably one of the most accomplished reggae instrumentals to date.
The Wailers consisting of the Barrett brothers is without a doubt the number one band of the era, showcasing their full confidence which later gets praised by the entire world.
The bold and courageous, yet ambitious and highly spirited, everything you need to get out of the Caribbean ghetto to the world is heard in this miraculous recording.

7" 7 inch vinyl
Product Number: DSR-FM7-01
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DSR-FM7-02
Side A) Family Man, Knotty Roots - Distant Drums
Side B) Family Man, Knotty Roots - Version
Side A) Family Man, Knotty Roots - Distant Drums   
Side B) Family Man, Knotty Roots - Version   

A nyabingi style killer instrumental of the roots classic Love Thy Neighbours by Jesus Dread a.k.a.
Vivian Jackson.Created by a combination ? the diversity of a series of personalities of the Wailers with the strict Rastaman, Vivian Jackson, this authentic Rastafari sound comes with no compromise.

7" 7 inch vinyl
Product Number: DSR-FM7-02
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DSR-FM7-03
Side A) Max Edwards - Gideons High
Side B) Gideon All Stars - Ixes
Side A) Max Edwards - Gideons High   
Side B) Gideon All Stars - Ixes   

An experimental and minimalistic early dub instrumental joined by the Soul Syndicate drummer, Max Edwards.
Music without commercialism ? this minimalistic and repetitive dub instrumental shows the unique musical structure by one of the most future-oriented arrangers, the great Familyman.

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Product Number: DSR-FM7-03
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- LP&CD Releases -
Kingston Rock (Earth Must Be Hell)
Kingston Rock (Earth Must Be Hell)
Kingston Rock (Earth Must Be Hell)
Kingston Rock (Earth Must Be Hell)    
1. True Born African
2. Unity, Love And Strength
3. Can't You See It's Time
4. Country Woman
5. Earth Must Be Hell
6. Let The Music Play
7. Wake Up Suzy
8. I Stand Before You
9. How Do You Think I Feel
10. Treasure Call Love
11. Isn't It Wrong
12. Writing On The Wall

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.

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Product Number: DSR-CD-607
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