Live At The Turntable Club
January 21, 2012
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 5||Production : 4/5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 5|
Winston Holness, better known as Niney the Observer (born George Boswell, 1951, Montego Bay), is a Jamaican record producer and singer who was a key figure in the creation of many classic reggae recordings dating from the 1970s and early 1980s. He worked with Bunny 'Striker' Lee and Joe Gibbs and started his own labels, 'Destroyer' and 'Observer'. his first major success as a producer was "Blood & Fire" in December 1970. In the early 1970s, Holness became one of Jamaica's most in-demand producers, with the likes of Dennis Brown, Delroy Wilson, The Heptones, Johnny Clarke, Slim Smith, Jacob Miller, Junior Delgado, and Freddie McGregor all using his services. The band he used for the bulk of his productions was the famous Soul Syndicate Band aka The Observers. Further success came while teaming up with Ken Boothe, Junior Byles, Gregory Isaacs, Horace Andy, I-Roy, and Dillinger. He moved to France but returned in 1983 and took on the role of house producer for the Hitbound label at Channel One Studios. He continued to produce new material through the 1990s.
In the summer of 1973 soundsystem owner Winston 'Merritone' Blake opened The Turntable Club on Red Hills Road in Kingston. The club was blessed with the most diverse clientele ever seen in a Jamaican nightclub at any one time. It attracted people from all walks of life representing all colours, races and creeds. They held talent shows and numerous producers presented their artists in the club. The club became the Mecca for entertainment in Jamaica. In 1974 producer Niney the Observer wanted to try a thing and the result was the first live album ever recorded in Jamaica. Engineers were King Tubby, Errol Thompson and Dennis Thompson. Marie Garth, the 'Queen of Jamaican Radio' from RJR was in charge of the introductions of 'all your favourite selections'.
In 1974 young Dennis Brown was a popular artist on the island. He had already been successful with producers such as Coxsone Dodd, Derrick Harriott, Niney the Observer and Joe Gibbs. Here he opens the show with 3 well known tunes. On Give A Helping Hand he gets assisted by two Heptones members. His set is followed by two instrumentals by Alexander Portious, probably better known as Jah Bottle Head as he uses the bottle head as an instrument. Delroy Wilson also started at Studio One and he's doing his thing here with 4 excellent tunes in a medley style, starting off with the Tyrone Davis' soul classic I'm A Happy Man (Without You In My Life). He continues with his rendition of another great soul classic - It's A Shame. Great selection from him! The album closes with two deejay toasts by Big Youth. First he licks the 'Satta Massagana' riddim, and then finishes in true roots style with Dread In A Babylon, the deejay version to the Paragon's hit single Only A Smile.
Nice and appealing remastered re-issue, complete with an extensive booklet including an informative interview with Turntable Club owner Winston 'Merritone' Blake.