Album review
Shanty Town Determination
Blood And Fire Records
17 - 03 - 2000

Tracking list

  1. Rasta Determination
  2. Tradition
  3. Fire Down A Town
  4. Hold Them Jah Jah (Extended)
  5. Quarter Pound Of Ishens
  6. Promise Is A Comfort To A Fool
  7. Natty Dread A No Bandeleroo
  8. Samson The Strongest Man
  9. Z 90 (Extended)
  10. How Long Jah (Extended)
  11. Peace Conference In A Western Kingston
  12. Fight It To The Top / Lively Tribulation (Featuring Michael Prophet)
  13. Blessed Are The Meek (Discomix)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 5

Trinity (Wade Brammer) was born in Kingston's Jubilee Hospital on the 10th February 1954. He would first take the professional name of Pronce Glen, then -much more successfully- Trinity, when he eventually followed Big Youth into the deejay business. His debut recording 'Got To Believe In It' was cut for producerr Enos McLeod, soon followed by a tune he recorded for Winston Edwards, the combination track -with Dillinger- 'Mop Head Screw Face'. These early sides -cut in 1974- were made under the name of Prince Glen. In 1975 he and Dillinger collaborated on 'Bump Skank', a version of the 'Won't You Come Home / In A Dis Ya Time' riddim for Lloyd Spiderman Campbell.
After these efforts the pair made their way to Channel One Studio, owned by the Hookim brothers and named after their sound system. Producer Jo Jo Hookim didn't like the name Prince Glen and he renamed him Trinity. Early 1976 they recorded a series of fine tunes. Producer Joe Gibbs at this time was the main rival to Channel One. It was with this producer that he would really make his name. Around the same time he recorded for producer Yabby You the album 'Shanty Town Determination'. Later that year he recorded for Joe Gibbs his smash hit 'Three Piece Suit', followed by other hit tunes such as 'John Saw Them Coming' and 'Starsky And Hutch'. An album soon followed -'Three Piece Suit'-.
In the following years Trinity recorded hunderds of sides for a variety of producers; he also started his own label Flag Man, recording not only himself and Dillinger, but also youth singers like Dave Robinson and Michael Black. In the eighties he pursued a seperate simultaneous career as a singer, releasing singles and albums under the name Junior Brammer; by the nineties he was a fixture on the revival and veteran show on the Jamaican and Caribbean circuit. He continues recording and he will be also touring with the Blood And Fire Sound System later in 2000.
'Shanty Town Determination' reveals the 22 year old Trinity in mature cultural mode, riding some of Yabby You's deepest roots riddims, including further cuts of the producer's classic 'Conquering Lion' (Samson The Strongest Man,), 'Fire In A Kingston (Promise Is A Comfort To A Fool) and a superb toast on a horns cut of Wayne Wade's 'Man Of The Living' (Rasta Determination) ; the original album (track 1-8 on the cd) still retains its freshness and a powerful coherence. The set made a brief appearance in 1977 before disappearing completely ; less than 1000 copies were pressed -on Prince Tony's Tr Groovemaster imprint - at the time.
For this superior reissue Blood And Fire has added 5 tracks, including the previously mentioned Peace Treaty In A Western Kingston. The other 4 tracks are in extended form :Z 90 is Trinity's hommage to his main inspiration, Big Youth. Trinity updates the 'S 90' classic over a tough 1976 recut of the Keith Hudson riddim that underpinned the original. How Long Jah is a version of the Prophets song -like Z 90 it comes with a Prince Jammy mixed dub. Lively Tribulation is Trinity's version of Michael Prophet's take on The Heptones 'Fight It To The Top', while Blessed Are The Meek updates Slim Smith's 'The Beatittude'.
Complete with the well known superior Blood And Fire packaging this reissue is a must have for every reggae fan !

Teacher & Mr. T.