‘Burnin’ With Marley’ (Melody Maker, December 1, 1973)

Over the next several weeks we will explore the press coverage given to The Wailers’ first 2 tours through the UK, both occuring in 1973, by music journals such as Melody Maker and New Musical Express (NME).

Here is an interesting one published in the Melody Maker on December 1, 1973 during the Wailers’ second tour through the UK in the same year, this time to push the Burnin’ album.

Melody Maker (Dec 1, 1973)

Bob Marley & Wong Chu 12″ US Premiere, Saxophone In Reggae Midnight Dread #17

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33 years ahead Midnight Dread with The Sound of The Century including Neville Martin’s “The Message” 7″ (as featured throughout Jeremy Marre’s fine documentary on prime music time in Jamaica ROOTS ROCK REGGAE) plus “Hotter Fire”-Big Youth, “Punk Reggae”-Jah Lloyd, “Mad Mad Skank”-Dillinger, “Tear It Up”-Roland Alphonso, “Cleopatra Dance”-Prince Buster, a “Night Boat To Cairo” and other avenues of escape from Babylon. If it’s Sunday Midnight it’s time to get dread. Drop ins by Mikey Dread. Music via Jah. Without any apology. Dub out.

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Raver’s Album Pick of the Week!

Hugh Mundell’s ‘Jah Fire’ feat. Lacksley Castell (Arawak)

Recorded in 1980 when Mundell was only 18 years of age, ‘Jah Fire’ is an album that spoke to me the very first time I heard it, and it has been a favorite of mine ever since.  Featuring the riddims of Mundell’s personal friend and spiritual advisor Augustus Pablo, the album was brilliantly produced at Jammy’s studio in Waterhouse by Jammy himself.  While the album is credited primarily to Mundell, it is Lacksley Castell who does the heavy lifting here, singing all but 3 of the songs.  I have read that when the album was recorded, Jammy recorded Mundell to the A side and Castell to the B side, intending to release it as a showcase of two young rising stars with very unique, yet similar singing styles.  I don’t know what happened after that.  What I DO KNOW is that this is one of the best roots reggae albums I’ve ever heard.

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Hugh Mundell – ‘Jah Fire’ (1980)

Jah Fire
Walk With Jah
King Of Israel
Be My Princess
Million Miles
My Woman Can
You Over There
Black Sheep
Million Dub
King Pablo
Pablo In The Moonlight

Mixing Engineer : Prince Jammy

Producer : Prince Jammy

Vocals : Lacksley Castell & Hugh Mundell
Drums : Santa Davis & Horsemouth Wallace & Sly
Bass : Robbie & Jah Mike
Guitar : Chinna & Bo-Peep Bowen & Bingy Bunny
Piano : Keith Sterling & Gladdy Anderson
Horns : Deadly Headly & Cedric Im Brooks & Bobby Ellis
Percussions : Scully Simms & Sticky