Red Pond
Charlie Chaplin
October 20, 2014

Track list
  1. Unity Is Strength feat. Don Carlos
  2. Gateman feat. Jim Kelly
  3. Josey Wales - Ghetto Cowboy Part 1
  4. What Kind Of World
  5. Don't Run
  6. Josey Wales - Walda Part 1
  7. Walda Part 2
  8. Josey Wales - Walda Part 3
  9. The Kemis
  10. Stur Gav The Peoples Sound feat. Jim Kelly
  11. Josey Wales - Ghetto Cowboy Part 2
  12. Steam Pipe Chalwa
  13. Josey Wales - Dance Hall Salute
  14. Big In The Dance
  15. DJ Hunting
  16. Travelling Entertainer
  17. Glad Tidings
  18. Natty Don't Beg Or Borrow feat. Jim Kelly
  19. Waterloo
  20. Josey Wales & Johnny Osbourne - Jah Jah Way
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 5
Charlie Chaplin (born Richard Bennett) grew up in Spanish Town. As a child, he didn't really have it in his mind to deejay, but he never strayed far from the music.

"I used to look up to Bob Marley, because Bob Marley used to send me go buy him cigarette and him spliff them thing there, when him a play [foot] ball. So, me used to kinda involve ina the music them way deh. But me never know me woulda be an artist 'till me start listen Stur-Gav. Ranking Joe used to deejay that time. When him deejay and dance done, like 5 o'clock ina morning, him always call me and give me the mic. The dance empty but me still talk pon the rhythms dem. So, people start hear the tape and start talk to U Roy and them take me on officially." At first, Chaplin wasn't ambitious. He wasn't even looking for a recording career. Luckily, it came and found him. Producer and lead singer with The Royals, Roy Cousins, approached him and offered to take him to the studio. "Me just a do it for 'do' sake, cause me never make no money. Me never money motivated. Me just fascinate fe go ina the studio, do a couple of songs, and him release them, put them out." Roy Cousins released several albums including "Presenting Charlie Chaplin", "Red Pond" and "One Of A Kind", and a lot of singles.

In the early 80's, most deejays were moving away from the slackness. But the slack lyrics weren't being replaced by the cultural sounds of the 70's, but by a new style that spoke of current events, from local runnings to national social and economic conditions. Reality lyrics began where culture left off, dealing with whatever was happening in the community - ganja smoking, going to sessions, dancing, being harassed by gatemen, being harassed by the law, unemployment - all the little stumbling blocks of life 'a yard'. Chaplin quickly emerged as one of Jamaica’s most popular entertainers and like Josey Wales he was also a serious threat to King Yellowman’s throne. Chaplin was/is renowned for his cultural, non-slack lyrics and is still respected for actually paving the way for deejays to chat conscious lyrics even when it strayed beyond the popular subject matter of the day. The current culturally aware deejays owe a great deal to Charlie Chaplin. In 2013, he was awarded the Order of Distinction by the Jamaican government.

The album "Red Pond" was released in 1982 and this reissue cd holds the original tunes plus several live segments by Josey Wales, Johnny Osbourne and Charlie himself (Stur-Gav live session 1983 - Live At Maypen Clarendon?). "Red Pond" is regarded a classic roots & culture deejay set, expertly produced by Roy Cousins over some wicked Roots Radics riddims of that time. It holds two minor hits by Charlie. First there's "Mother In Law" here listed as "Kemis" and "Naw Leave Me Chalwa" entitled here "Steam Pipe Chalwa". The well known roots tune "Unity Is Strength", done in combination with foundation singer Don Carlos, opens this set in true hard roots style. Outstanding songs (mind, no bad tune is found here) are "What Kind Of World" and the dancehall boast "Big In The Dance aka Me Big Me Bad". Jim Kelly (brother of Junior Kelly) became known as a resident deejay on the Killamanjaro Sound System, previously deejaying for Roots Unlimited. He was shot and killed in Spanish Town, Jamaica in 1983. Here he teams up with Charlie Chaplin on "Natty Don't Beg Or Borrow", which is better known as "Trouble In A Earth". The second combination tune is "Stargav The Peoples Sound aka Sturgav Special" biggin' up the Sturgav Sound. The tune "Gateman" is dedicated to 'all gatemen in the world' and is the third tune he does with Jim Kelly. The live segments are noteworthy additions and showcases the qualities of Josey Wales who is at his best 'live and direct'! Check out his remake of Marty Robbins' "El Paso" fi sure!!

Old skool deejay set!