Train To Zion
Blood & Fire
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 5||Production : 4||Sound quality : 4||Sleeve : 4|
Since their first release in 1994 Blood & Fire records can clearly
be credited for some of the best-sounding and most intense reissues, many
containing previously unreleased alternate takes, almost-impossible-to-get
7" dub versions and "lost" works to please even the most critical ears.
This recent addition to their by now impressive catalogue contains mostly
Bunny Lee produced long-unavailable material from U Brown, recorded between
1975-1978. The great U Roy already was a veteran of sound systems, who had
come to prominence in 1969 on the Home Town Hi-Fi operated by Osbourne
Ruddock - better known as King Tubby - as U Brown began his deejaying career
in that same year at the tender age of almost thirteen, with his stage name
from his love of U Roy and his light skin. He started deejaying for several
small soundsystems thus gaining more experience over the next couple of years.
In 1975 he began working with Greenwich Farm based producer Bunny Lee with
whom he recorded his first album called "Satta Dread". Seven tracks from
that debut album are included on this "Train To Zion" album, which
includes some strong and familiar riddims with U Brown coming through with
uplifting lyrics. The music is thoroughly enchanting and the vibe and feel
soulful and inspiring throughout. On top of that these recordings were
unavailable for such a long time making this an essential addition to
collector's of the first wave of deejays and roots music lovers in general.
Much respect to the originators and progenitors of a style that has been
much maligned and indeed degenerated, but still has life when delivered by
those who don't stray from its original intent. If you want a taste of what
"dancehall" sounded like some 20 years ago, this disc will deliver.|
Click here for the Reggae Vibes' interview with U Brown at the RUNN Recording Studio, Dec. 22, 1996.