Various artists album review
Blood And Fire 1971-1972
Niney And Friends
14 - 11 - 1997
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 3/4||Sleeve : 4|
Producer Niney The Observer (called Niney when he lost a thumb in a workshop accident) has been a singer, producer, engineer, dj, fixer, arranger, manager and virtually everything else in reggae. He was born George Boswell in Montego Bay, Jamaica in 1951. |
He has worked with producers Bunny Lee and Joe Gibbs, before launching his own "Destroyer" label in 1970. Niney's productions of that time are charcterised by their sparse simplicity and heaviness, often cultural/political in sentiment, and frequently espousing Rasta themes. In December of that year he released the immortal "Blood and Fire", which was an immediate smash, eventually selling 30,000 copies in Jamaica alone. The song bore a slight resemblance to a Bob Marley song "Duppy Conqueror". He cut several versions, of which "Brimstone and Fire", "Psalms 9 to keep in Mind", "Mud and Water", "Lightning and Thunder", and the wicked "Fire Bun" are included on this album.
In 1971 he started working with Max Romeo, releasing a number of excellent tunes, such as "Beardman Feast", "Reggaematic", "Aily and Ailaloo" (a duet with Lloyd Charmers), "The coming of Jah", "Rasta band Wagon" and "When Jah Speaks".
The album is a collection of his best early '70s productions, fundemental reggae stuff !