Various artists album review
U Brown Hits Sounds From Channel One 1979-80
Tabou 1 + One Time
27 - 06 - 1999

Tracking list

  1. U Brown - Weather Balloon
  2. Revolutionaries - Balloon Dub
  3. U Brown - Me Chat You Rock
  4. Carlton Livingston - Play That Song For Me
  5. U Brown - Rocka By Baby
  6. Al Campbell - Know I Know
  7. Revolutionaries - Now I Know Dub
  8. Freddie McKay - What You Gonna Do
  9. Sugar Minott - Steal Away Girl
  10. U Brown - Come Along Come Along
  11. Carlton Livingston - Don't Cuss Rasta
  12. Al Campbell - Mr. Conman
  13. Johnny Osbourne - Oh Girl
  14. U Brown - Gimme Your Loving
  15. Delroy Wilson - Baby I Love You
  16. Vincent Taylor - Never Give It Up
  17. Revolutionaries - Never Give Up The Dub
  18. Deadly Headly & Bobby Ellis - Weather Report
  19. Revolutionaries - Weather Report Dub
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

French record label "Tabou 1" in association with "One Time" has released a compilation album which collects treasures from the vaults of artist/producer Hugh Brown aka U Brown's "Hit Sounds" imprint. All tracks were recorded at Channel One Studio and mixed by Bunny Tom Tom.
"U Brown Hits Sounds From Channel One 1979-80" is a thoroughly enjoyable set. Fine songs (lovers as well as message tunes), wicked dub versions and, of course, great singers and deejays accompanied by the tight backing of the Revolutionaries who have laid down some well known as well as lesser known riddims.
Undoubtedly U Brown was one of the most notable and leading disciples of the originator U Roy to emerge in the seventies. He recorded extensively during the second half of this decade for various producers before he decided to create his own "Hit Sound" label in 1979, thus also venturing into the production arena. He successfully produced himself on a selection of Studio One and Treasure Isle riddims updated for the late seventies at Channel One Studio. As a result of these recording sessions U Brown released his "Weather Balloon" album, whose title track had become a big 45s hit in Jamaica in 1978. It's this tune that kicks off a revival set which contains only winners and some real killers.
It's almost impossible to point out the standout tracks as the greater part of the tracks on this album are of such a high quality standard. So, let's stick to our personal favourites : Carlton Livingston' fine rockers tune "Play This Song For Me", Sugar Minott's "Steal Away Girl", Al Campbell's superb " Mr. Conman", the instrumental track "Weather Report" by Deadly Headly & Bobby Ellis and "Never Give It Up" which is delivered by unknown but great singer Vincent Taylor. And last but not least the U Brown tracks 'cause this man really knows how to find his flow when he toasts and chats across a riddim.
This truly excellent compilation set features songs that were never before available on compact disc, so need we say this ya one is an essential purchase ?!

Teacher & Mr. T.