Rock A Shacka / Drum&Bass Records
12" single
January 22, 2011

Artist & tune

  • Sangie Davis & Culture Dan - Words Of My Mouth / Sangie Davis - Words Of My Mouth / Orthodox Players - Version
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After the recent reissue of General Plough's single "One More River", we are treated to another worthwhile vinyl release from Japan's Rock A Shacka / Drum & Bass Records. This time it's a killer 12inch featuring a modern roots reworking of "Words Of My Mouth", a superb Rasta anthem that was produced by Lee "Scratch" Perry and recorded in 1973 by a group called The Gatherers. The latter's lead vocalist Sangie Davis, who produced albums with reggae artists from around the globe for the Orthodox Muzik imprint (the music department of the 12 Tribes Of Israel organization), re-recorded "Words Of My Mouth" with 12 Tribes Of Israel musicians, which then appeared as title track on his 2005 released debut album.

Since the early charts of his first two hit songs "Oh Ma Oh Pa" and "Loving You", recorded in 1959 with The Melody Enchanters for Chris Blackwell's Blue Beat label, Anthony "Sangie" Davis has collaborated with the most celebrated figures in reggae. His songwriting created such memorable hits as Bob Marley's "Wake Up & Live" (from the "Survival" album), Dennis Brown's "Make Ends Meet", Judy Mowatt's "Let's Dance", Marcia Griffiths' "Where Is The Love", Sophia George's "Girlie Girlie", Tinga Stewart's "No Wey No Betta Dan Yard" [Jamaican festival song of the year, 1981], and many, many, more. Some of his most recent projects include "This Feeling" featured on Luciano's album "Serious Time". By 1979 Sangie Davis was the A&R and PR Director for the Tuff Gong label, were as a producer his lyrics and musical arrangements advanced the career of artist Nadine Sutherland and shaped that of artist Sophia George.

Then, in 2010, Culture Dan -- bandmaster of the 12 Tribes Of Israel and Jah Love Muzik MC -- cut a deejay version of Sangie Davis' "Words Of My Mouth", and the final result is just great to hear. Sangie Davis, Culture Dan and the Orthodox Players deliver deep roots music at its very best as the depth of the vibes created by the artists and musicians is simply awesome. "Words Of My Mouth" is underpinned by a brutal riddim, but the tune is rendered utterly sublime by the vocals of Sangie Davis, while Culture Dan's powerful deejaying nicely spices up the track. The flipside features the wicked straight vocal cut of "Words Of My Mouth" and the notable "Version", with the vocals of Sangie Davis and Culture Dan floating in and out the mix.

A truly excellent remake of a song that many Lee "Scratch" Perry fans regard as his best achievement ever.