The Seven Voyages Of Captain Sinbad
Captain Sinbad
September 15, 2007

Wailing Souls Track list
  1. Bam Salute
  2. All Over Me
  3. Wa Dat
  4. Girls Girls
  5. Sugar Ray
  6. Sinbad And The Eye Of The Tiger
  7. Construction Plan
  8. Fisherman
  9. Morning Teacher
  10. Mary Moore
  11. Man Live It
  12. I'm Not Crazy feat. Don Carlos (12" mix)
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Captain Sinbad (born Carl Dwyer on 1st August 1959 in Kingston, Jamaica) was a very accomplished deejay in his own right, as shown over the rough Roots Radics riddim on this Henry 'Junjo' Lawes produced set, which furthermore features the mixing skills of Overton Brown or Scientist as he's now internationally known. First heard on the Sounds Of Silence HiFi, Captain Sinbad was recording for Sugar Minott's 'Youth Promotion' in the late seventies and delivered one of the best deejay singles on the singer/producer's label, namely "51 Storm" featuring an uncredited 9-year-old Little John. This tune was featured on the flip side of Sugar Minott's "River Jordan". Earlier on Sugar Minott had taken him down Brentford Road, where he recorded three songs for Coxsone Dodd. After having recorded an entire album's worth of material with 'Youth Promotion' (which was never released on LP!) Capain Sinbad set up his own 'Youth In Progress' label to release his self-productions as well as the production works he did with other artists.

However Captain Sinbad's most significant step in his musical career was with fellow Kingston 11 resident Henry "Junjo" Lawes. The latter was the ruling dancehall producer in the early eighties and the first song he recorded with Captain Sinbad was a version to John Holt's "Ghetto Queen" named "Rock It So Good". After that the pair went back in the studio (Channel One) recording the tracks for "The Seven Voyages Of Captain Sinbad" album. Released in the UK on Greensleeves in 1982 it became a very big seller and buoyed by its success Captain Sinbad travelled with Ranking Dread, Eek-A-Mouse and Billy Boyo to the UK, where he was so well-received that he stayed for eleven months. After a brief return to Jamaica, he relocated to the UK and stayed for the next five years, where he worked live and direct on various sound systems, recorded and produced tunes, and got involved in record distribution. In 1989 he returned to Kingston Jamaica and set up his Sinbad Production label for which he produced a stream of hit records with Gospel Fish, Frankie Paul, Capleton, Anthony Redrose and Cobra, to name a few.

Greensleeves Records now reissue Captain Sinbad's sole long playing album, digitally remastered and resplendent in Tony McDermott's lurid cover art, plus on CD two bonus tracks, the hard to find "Man Live It" and an extended 12" mix of "I'm Not Crazy"" featuring Don Carlos. The album is stuffed with Junjo Lawes' Roots Radics riddims and includes "Shank I Sheck" ("All Over Me"), "Hi Fashion" ("Wa Dat"), "Cuss Cuss" ("Girls Girls"), "Things And Time" ("Construction Plan"), "Solomon" ("Fisherman"), "Hunter Man" ("Mary Moore") and "Get In The Groove" ("Man Live It"). On top of these (and other) riddims one of the most original and innovative artists of the genre to emerge in the early 1980's delivers his lyrics -- interspersed with "rights", "ribbits", "oinks" and "bims", which were in fashion by the Jamaican deejays in those days -- in truly fine style as they match the music just perfectly.

For the avid vinyl collector of early dancehall music it's good news that this solid and rare album also gets a vinyl repress for the first in 25 years.