Various artists album review
For A Few Dollars More (28 Shots Of Western Inspired Reggae)
19 - 09 - 1998
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 3/4||Backing : 3/4||Production : 3/4||Sound quality : 3/4||Sleeve : 3/4|
In the early 60s Sergio Leone released three western movies - 'A Fistful Of Dollars', 'For A Few Dollars More' and 'The Good, The Bad And The Ugly' - and at the time they reached the Jamaican audiences, they already had a cult following in Europe. These 'shoot'em up' movies presented an ideal subject to follow the Rude Boy tunes, which bridged Rocksteady and Reggae. These tunes often employed intro dialogues, gunshots and other special effects and quotes from the movie in question.|
Lee 'Scratch' Perry was the first to release a tune inspired by western movies : 'Django Shoots First', inspired by the Sergio Corbucci 1966 movie 'Django'. In this movie actor Franco Nero played the central role and he provided the obvious inspiration for Count Machuki's Franco Nero and the flipside Franco Nero Version 2, both produced by Joe Gibbs. He also produced the Johnny Lover track Nevada Joe, complete with an intro dialogue mentioning several Perry releases and challenging him to a showdown.
Lee Perry quickly saw the potential for a series of sequels to his 'Django Shoots First' and started releasing sides such as Clint Eastwood, Salt & Pepper, Taste Of Killing, Kill Them All, Return Of The Ugly, For A Few Dollars More and Sipreano.
Soon other producers jumped on the bandwagon, Derrick Harriot being the most notable example. His answer version to the Sipreano tune was called Golden Chickens. The intro dialogue features Ramon The Mexican, nowadays known as vocalist Ambelique. Other Derrick Harriot productions featured here are The Bad, The Bad Version, The Undertaker, Overtaker, Undertaker's Burial and Trinity, complete with horse special effects.
In 1990 Trojan brought together 14 western inspired sides for their 'The Magnificent 14' collection. This set, featuring 28 tracks (many of them dubbed from disc) is an appropiate follow up, enjoyable, laughable and very entertaining !