I’m always on the look-out for Pantomine records. One of two labels launched by producer Glenmore Brown, these records are always clean with a deep, crisp sound. Most are hard to come by, so I always snatch ’em up.
Glenmore Brown began his musical career in the 1960s as vocalist with Sonny Bradshaw’s jazz group, subsequently recording duets with Hopeton Lewis, Lloyd Robinson and Dave Barker for producers such as Duke Reid and Coxsone Dodd. In the early 1970s, he began working as a producer, initially for the Shalimar label, and recorded Augustus Pablo-influenced melodica tracks, such as 1972′s “Merry Up.”. He also recorded for Prince Buster, Leslie Kong, and Derrick Harriott. He formed two record labels, Pantomime (or Pantomine), and South East Music, and produced tracks for U Roy, Gregory Isaacs, Big Youth, I-Roy, Prince Jazzbo, Johnny Clarke, Lloyd Parks, and Little Roy. Due to low funds, his early releases were pressed in limited runs, but have since become more widely available on various compilations. Though he did less recording in the late 1970s, he stayed busy producing for the likes of Wayne Jarrett and Sylford Walker.
In 2000, Small Axe and Terminal Head remixed Brown’s work for a single release that included remixes of fellow reggae artist, Yabby You. In 2002, Glen Brown’s single produced by Ras Kush, “We Dem A Watch,” was the first release on New York’s Black Redemption label. Unfortunately, Glen Brown’s health is failing him badly at the time of this writing and he is living in a New York nursing home (this according to a 2013 Gleaner article).
It is Glen Brown’s “2 Wedden Skank” riddim that is sampled by Bob Marley and the Wailers’ “Get Up, Stand Up.”