Various artists album review
Blood And Fire 1971-1972
Niney And Friends
14 - 11 - 1997

Tracking list

  1. Niney - Blood and fire
  2. The Observers - Brimstone and fire
  3. Tommy McCook & The Observers - Psalm 9 to keep in mind
  4. Big Youth - Fire bun
  5. Niney & Max - Aily and ailaloo
  6. Niney - Reggaematic
  7. Max Romeo - Beardman feast
  8. Niney & The Heptones - Keep on pushing
  9. Niney The Observer - Ital correction
  10. Delroy Wilson - Rascal man
  11. Max Romeo - Rasta band wagon
  12. Murt Turt & Purt - When Jah speaks
  13. Max Romeo - The coming of Jah
  14. Niney & The Observers - Message of the ungodly
  15. Niney - In the gutter
  16. Niney & The Observers - Hiding by the riverside
  17. Dennis Alcapone - 1234567 Live it up
  18. Niney & The Observers - Observing the ave
  19. The Observers - Everyday music
  20. Dennis Alcapone - Swinging along
  21. Niney & The Observers - Mud and water
  22. The Observers - Lightning and thunder
  23. Delroy Wilson - My baby is gone
  24. Dennis Alcapone - You must believe me
Rating : 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 !

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