State Of Emergency
Joe Gibbs & The Professionals
Crazy Joe Records
March 23, 2007

Track list
  1. Bounty Hunter
  2. Rawhide Kid
  3. Donald Quarrie
  4. High Noon
  5. The Great Escape
  6. Walls Of Jericho
  7. Wicked And Dreadful
  8. Revenge
  9. I Shot The President
  10. State Of Emergency
  11. Security Force
  12. Black September
  13. Stone Wall Jackson
  14. Wild Goat
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : - Backing : 4/5 Production : 4 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 3
Joe Gibbs is one of Reggae's famous producers. Born 1945 in Montego Bay, he started -- appr. 1967 -- to record some artists at the back of his shop. In 1972 he employed the sound engineer Errol Thompson, who used to be the chief engineer at Randy's Studio on North Parade. Together, known as "The Mighty Two", along with their studio band The Professionals (essentially the Channel One Revolutionaries), they are responsible for hundreds of singles, some of them all time killers like "Money In My Pocket" by Dennis Brown and albums like "Two Sevens Clash" by Culture (for more information see "Errol Thompson... A true legend has passed away" in the articles section).

"State of Emergency" was originally released in 1976. The riddim section of the Professionals on this record were Sly Dunbar on drums and Lloyd Parks on bass, alongside Bingy Bunny aka Eric Lamont on guitar, Ossie Hibbert on keyboards and Sticky Thompson on percussion. If you are expecting a dub album this is definitely not the record to choose. "State Of Emergency" is a classic set of horn instrumentals featuring saxophone players Herman Maquis and the mighty Tommy McCook, Bobby Ellis on trumpet and Vin "Don D Junior" Gordon on trombone. You can find some of reggae's best riddims on this album including "Melody Life" (I Shot the President), "Heavy Rock" (State of Emergency, also used for Culture's "Jah Jah See Them A Come), "Get In The Groove" (Donald Quarrie), "Heavenless" (High Noon) and "Nanny Goat" (Wild Goat).

If you like instrumentals, if you like horns (well who really doesn't like horns?), if you like melodies - this is a record for you. Try it you won't deny it.