ALBUM REWIND: Dave and Ansel Collins Double Barrel

Double Barrel CoverAlbum Rewind strives to highlight albums of note from the past. With the recent Trojan limited edition 7 inch of “Double Barrel Man” and their reunion earlier this year it seems like a good time to highlight the original collection of tunes on Double Barrel.

An international sensation was born with the release of Dave and Ansell Collins’ “Double Barrel” in 1971 which hit #1 in the UK. Not only was it a international hit getting release in the US it even featured the first recording for a then 14 year old drumming maestro named Sly Dunbar! For the longest time it was thought by those not familiar with the pair that they were actually brothers since the album failed to include Barker’s last name on the cover.

The single reached #1 on the UK singles charts in April of 1971 (then credited to Dave and Ansil Collins) and even reached the top 30 of the Billboard Hot 100 in the US peaking at #22.

“Double Barrel” and it’s follow up “Monkey Spanner,” were both released on the Techniques label produced by Winston Riley (formerly of the Techniques hence the name of the label). With the song a hit a collection of tracks featuring the duo was put together. The hits did not follow much after these initial gems though and the duo soon split.

The album has been reissued a number of times over the years of course befitting the hugely international hit. Just look at that cover! Why wouldn’t it be a hit?

The tracks were recorded at Channel One (Kingston, JA) & Joe Gibbs (Kingston, JA) & Treasure Isle (Kingston, JA)

Double Barrel
El Fegobacca
Wild Bunch
Secret Weapon
My Best Girl
Ten To One
Monkey Spanner
I The Third
Impossible Mission
Glory Of Love
That Girl
Memories Of Love

Here’s a video of the title track.

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.