Greensleeves 12" Rulers ~ Jah Thomas Midnight Rock 1981-1984
May 23, 2008

Jah Thomas Track list
  1. Triston Palma, Jah Thomas & Ranking Toyan - Entertainment (12" Mix)
  2. Michael Palmer & Jim Brown - Ghetto Dance (12" Mix)
  3. Triston Palma - Joker Smoker (12" Mix)
  4. Papa Bruce - Loafter Smoker (12" Mix)
  5. Anthony Johnson, Jah Thomas & Toyan - Gunshot (12" Mix)
  6. Little John & Toyan - Jah Guide I (12" Mix)
  7. Bunny Lie & Lee Van Cleef - Mr. Dynamite (12" Mix)
  8. Michael Palmer - I'm Still Dancing (12" Mix)
  9. Peter Metro & Zu-Zu - Calypso Calypso (12" Mix)
  10. Little John - Joker Lover (12" Mix)
  11. Billy Boyo - Scandal (12" Mix)
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Here's one more of the 12inch Rulers series, a collection of wicked and classic 12 inches drawn from the extensive Greensleeves vaults. The series concentrates on those classic 12" singles that Greensleeves have released over the years and that record collectors remember so fondly - and of which, many have never appeared on CD.

This selection shines the light on the works of legendary producer and deejay Nkrumah Manley Thomas, better known as Jah Thomas. Jah Thomas was an important figure on the Jamaican music scene during both the roots era of the '70s and the subsequent dancehall decade of the '80s. Besides releasing several deejay sides of his own in the latter half of the '70s, Thomas also came into his own as one of the island's top producers for both singers and deejays. A bulk of these tunes were released in the UK on Greensleeves with the majority surfacing on 12" singles.

Jah Thomas began to learn the trade of dancehall deejay on a soundsystem called 'Burning Spear'. He soon moved to established soundsystems including King Sturgav, Ray Symbolic and Kilamanjaro. In 1976 he cut his first side 'Midnight Rock' for producer Alvin Ranglin. The riddim they used for the tune was 'Things & Time'. In 1979 he started his own label 'Midnight Rock'. The album 'Dance On The Corner' was also released on the VP imprint and was a real big seller. He produced several artists including Sugar Minott, Little John, Johnny Osbourne, Barry Brown, Michael Palmer and Triston Palma. He enjoyed a string of fine hits during that period.

This strong selection starts with the classic recut of the 'Heavenless' riddim, the hit single Entertainment. Next is Michael Palmer's Ghetto Dance with a nice toast by Jim Brown. The second tune by this singer is I'm Still Dancing, an hypnotic tribute to the power of sweet reggae music... he can't stop dancing to that music! Joker Smoker is the hilarious Triston Palma hit tune about 'smoking is a habit some men can't maintain' and they try to borrow everything from you. Papa Bruce follows with a toast inna Lone Ranger style. Gunshot was Anthony Johnson's biggest tune, inspired by Michael Prophet's 'Gun Man' tune. The riddim was so popular that Jah Thomas released a one riddim album of that riddim.

All tracks were recorded and mixed at Channel One Studios, except Little John's Jah Guide I which was mixed at King Tubbys. Backing by the Roots Radics, Sly & Robbie and engineered & mixed by Scientist, Soldgie and Prince Jammy.

The CD contains extensive sleeve notes and an exclusive interview with Jah Thomas. The booklet also contains rare photos and previously unseen images of the featured artists. Grab a copy of it!