Friday, November 4, 2011


Artist : VA
Album : Reggae Going International 1967-1976
Year : 2011
Genre : Reggae
Source : CDDA
Label : Kingston Sounds
CatNr : KSCD029
URL : n/a
Date : 04-11-2011
Quality : VBR
Size : 93,4 MB
Time : 68:04 min

01 roy shirley - music field 02:42
02 slim smith & the uniques - my conversation 04:19
03 val bennet - the russians are coming 03:41
04 max romeol - wet dream 02:50
05 stranger cole & lester sterling - bangarang 03:11
06 pat kelly - how long 03:56
07 roland alphonso - one thousand tons of mega 02:14
08 bob marley - mr chatterbox 02:35
09 john holt - stick by me 03:20
10 eric donaldson - cherry oh baby 03:03
11 delroy wilson - better must come 02:48
12 alton ellis - play it cool 02:37
13 leroy smart - god helps the man 03:22
14 horace andy - you are my angel 02:54
15 johnny clarke - none shall escape the judge 03:40
16 cornel campbell - a dance in greeenwich far 02:28
17 the aggrovators - a noise place 02:30
18 the aggrovators - a ruffer version 03:38
19 jeff barnes & u roy - wake the nation 02:58
20 dennis alcapone - cassius clay 03:26
21 i roy - straight to derrick morgan's head 02:50
22 jah stitch - strictly rockers 03:02

Edward O'Sullivan Lee "but my friends call me Bunny or Striker Lee" was
born in Kingston, Jamaica on 23rd August 1941. He started in the music
business plugging records for Duke Reid at Treasure Isle, Coxsone Dodd
at Studio One and Leslie Kong at Beverley's.
"I used to do plugging when I say plugging I used to get their records
played on 'Teenage Dance Party' and we'd dance so if you had a record to
plug you'd put it on and dance to it and show the latest moves".
As ska began to wane in popularity Bunny began to use the many contacts
and friends that he had made plugging other producers' productions to
produce his own records in the brand new rock steady style.
"So I was around the business but I didn't actually start for myself
until 1967. I only had twenty pounds to give to Lyn Taitt and Lyn Taitt
got four men and we did 'Music Field' with Roy Shirley. So those guys
helped me when
I just started".
* Many, many more producers, musicians and artists helped out Striker as
he rose to the top but Bunny always returned the favour.
"Yes. Carly and Family Man (Carlton & Aston Barrett) 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' but after we
started making the hits everybody started using them".
And the hits kept on coming. In 1969 'Wet Dream' by Max Romeo, in the
faster reggae style, was released on Bunny's Unity label in the UK where
it spent twenty five weeks in the National Charts. It was banned by the
BBC and Alan Freeman used to describe it as "a record by Max Romeo" on
Sunday afternoon's chart run down on Radio One.
* Striker's propensity for hit making was unprecedented and in 1969,
1970, 1971 and 1972 he was awarded the title of Jamaica's Top Producer.
In 1971 he won Jamaica's first Gold Record for Eric Donaldson's 'Cherry
Oh Baby' which was the runaway winner in that year's Festival Song
Alternative instrumental or vocal versions of popular songs had by now
become a prevalent part of the musical scene "we couldn't afford for
every song to get a different set of musicians so we use the same rhythm
over again"and Bunny Lee and King Tubby were pivotal players in the next
giant step forward towards the music that would become known as dub.
"In those days I never used to put the version on the record so you'd
have to go to Tubbys to hear the dub play. Tubbys started to get popular
and I started to get Tubby to mix and used him as an engineer".
* Together with Soul Syndicate drummer Carlton 'Santa' Davis Striker
originated a new style of rhythm based on the Philadelphia disco sound
termed 'flying cymbals' that became known as 'flyers'.
"Yeah I used to get Kentucky Fried Chicken and when it came they'd say
'put up the flyers for Striker' meaning the chicken wings which I loved
and they used to say 'Striker. When you a go fly?'"
* The first Bunny Lee hit recording in this new style was Johnny
Clarke's interpretation of Earl Zero's 'None Shall Escape The Judgment'
and his 'flyers' rhythms dominated the scene throughout 1974 and on into
1975. His two dub albums showcasing these rhythms, 'King Tubby The Dub
Master Presents The Roots Of Dub' and 'King Tubby The Dub Master
Presents Dub From The Roots' with photographs of the King at the
controls of his Dromilly Avenue studio, were the first vinyl releases to
promote King Tubby with music lovers both in Jamaica and
* As a creator of musical trends Striker was second to none and, for the
best part of a decade, the rest of the business hung on his every word
and tried to copy his every move. Over the years Striker has been one of
the few enduring constants in an ever changing cast of characters and,
although he rarely records nowadays, he is still one of the most
important people in the Jamaican music business. His rhythms and songs
are endlessly recycled and sampled. He has spent the last three decades
licensing, re-licensing issuing and re-issuing his copious catalogue
through a plethora of different record companies in Jamaica, England,
America, Canada, Japan, France, Holland and Germany.
* In October 2008 at Kingston's National Honours and Awards Ceremony
Striker was awarded the Order of Distinction in the rank of Officer for
"more than forty years of dedicated service to the music industry".


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