Culture And the Deejays at Joe Gibbs 1977-79

CultureI picked up this disc not too long ago. It’s a wicked selection of early Culture tracks niced up inna deejay stylee. The cover design is striking and when I first heard about it I wanted to check it out of course. Culture’s most famous recording is “Two Sevens Clash” released in 1977.

Here’s what had to say about the album:

The tracks on this disc are extended mixes of select scorchers that originally appeared on the Two Sevens Clash, Baldhead Bridge and More Culture albums, with the main body of each song stretching into a dubbed-out section of deejay patter.

The deejays include such giants as I-Roy, Prince Far I, Ranking Joe and Nicodemus and whether their additions elucidate further on the subject matter of the tune (such as Bo Jangles’ “Prophesy Reveal” tag on “Two Sevens Clash”) or simply add a new and clever dimension (U Brown proclaiming the need to “Rock it Up” as the riddim of “Innocent Blood” plays on), it’s a treat to hear these landmark songs expanded upon so.

As mentioned in the liner notes, Culture never resorted to slackness in their music. Similarly, the grafted-on patter here keeps it sufficiently cultural even if the deejay involved is more intent upon expertly riding the riddim than preaching from a Rasta pulpit.

Track List:
1. Two Seven Clash/ Prophesy Reveal Listen
2. I’m Not Ashamed Listen
3. See Them A Come/Natty Pass Him G.C.E. Listen
4. Natty Dread Taking Over Listen
5. Baldhead Bridge Listen
6. Jah Love/ Selassie I Cup Listen
7. Zion Gate/ Forty Leg Dread Listen
8. Disco Train Listen
9. Send Some Rain Listen
10. Burning All Illusion/ The Same Knife Listen
11. Innocent Blood/ Rock It Up Listen
12. Barber Chair
13. Love Created I
14. Save the Children

A newfound appreciation of the original songs results from immersing oneself in this collection, along with a sadly heightened realization of just how deeply reggae music was impacted by the deaths of Joseph Hill, Joe Gibbs and co-producer Errol Thompson. Blessings to the 17 North Parade reissue label for putting this out.

logoThe 17 North Parade label, founded in 2007, has been reissuing a very steady stream of well put together collections from Randy’s vast musical vault. The label pays homage to the historic location of Randy’s Record Mart in Kingston, Jamaica where Vincent & Pat Chin operated a retail store and recording studio from 1958 until 1979 before relocating to New York and founding VP Records.

I've been involved in the Los Angeles music scene since at least 1995 going to shows, promoting, spinning records and running labels. Ska and Early Reggae are my passion among other things of course.