Reggae Goldmine
12" Single
January 19, 2004

Artist & tune

  • Garnett Silk - Green Line / Nitty Gritty - Ready Done / Dawn Penn & Grindsman - The First Cut Is The Deepest / Sluggy Ranks - Render Your Heart
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Here's some more classic tunes on Reggae Goldmine 12". First track comes from Garnett Smith better known as Garnett Silk who emerged in the early 1990s and soon established himself as one of the prime vocal stylists of that time. Until his untimely death in a gas-canister explosion in December 1994 he was widely seen as the leading light in the return to the cultural lyrics. In his brief recording career Garnett Silk cut sides for most of the main production outfits including Jammy's, Black Scorpio, Star Trail and Sly & Robbie. The latter created a particularly smoldering riddim for Silk's "Green Line". It's a lethal riddim, adeptly mixed by Lynford "Fatta" Marshall and Colin "Bulby" York. Silk responds in kind with an equally smoldering performance. This superb tune was first unleashed in 1992 on 7" single on the "Taxi" label and now appears again on 12". Also featured here is a solid piece from the late Nitty Gritty. Produced by Ossie Hibbert this legendary dancehall single performs "Ready Done" blending his unique voice with this early digital riddim. On the flipside we're treated to "The First Cut Is The Deepest", a near perfect reggae cover of the P.P. Arnold hit sung here by the combination duo Dawn Penn & Grindsman, and a rare vinyl version of "Render your Heart" (using the same riddim as "Gal Wine" from Chaka Demus & Pliers) by the relatively obscure Sluggy Ranks, one of the first US-based singers with a raw roots/dancehall approach. Another wellworth release from "Reggae Goldmine".