musicology #534

Jamaica #14

(Pat Kelly – Dark End Of The Street)

Reggae…who were it’s early protaganists? First, as was always the case in Jamaica, there were the producers. Arguably the most influential were Lee Perry, Bunny Lee and Coxsone Dodd. Then came the musicians; Brothers Aston ‘Family Man’ and Carlton ‘Carly’ Barrett, Glen Adams, Lloyd Charmers, Alva Lewis and Ronny Bop recording both for Bunny Lee, (as The Bunny Lee All Stars), and Lee Perry, (as The Upsetters).

The Studio 1 sound was created by the Sound Dimension, (Jackie Mittoo, Leroy Sibbles, Cedric “Im’ Brooks, Vin Gordon, Ernest Ranglin and Leroy ‘Horsemouth’ Wallace). Of course there were other producers and musicians who are responsible for delivering seminal work but the above mentioned stand out consistently.

So…enough chat and on with the music..Todays cut is a Lee Perry production featuring the vocals of one of my favourite singers of the period Pat Kelly backed by the afore mentioned Upsetters.


2 thoughts on “musicology #534

  1. heavenly! I didn’t know it was a perry production.
    i like the backing singer that comes in too…really adds to ‘the message’

    nice nice nice Liam
    lets have springtime and J.A. reggae for days and extra days!


  2. The fabulous voice of Pat Kelly, and in fact the Reggae beat, makes this song enjoyable for me,
    I’ve always found it a bit ‘heavy’ as a soul tune..his voice would make the telephone directory sound good!..


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