Kiddus I is the mysterious figure singing at the start of the film Rockers. A graduate of Ras Michael's Sons Of Negus, a key member of The Wailers milieu, and a Black Ark artist, his recordings - centred on the Roots Reggae period - are marked by the openness of their musical horizons, and a striking originality and integrity. (Also during this era he was a key voice raised in the Jamaican music industry against political oppression). Yet Kiddus I's disdain for careerism has held him back from the spotlight - as so many people in Jamaican music will tell you. Now, this revelatory, comprehensive retrospective will surely confirm his place amongst the all-time greats of reggae music.
This essential compilation consists of every single recorded at Lee Perry's Black Ark between 1978 and 1980 and unreleased sound sources recorded at Tuff Gong. The best sessions of the most accomplished international Reggae musicians are unveiled for the first time in twenty years by Dub Store Records.
Dub Store Records is the Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae and Dancehall reissue label run by the eponymous Tokyo based record store. The label aims at accurately covering the 50-plus years of Jamaican music, and pass on many rare and magnificent recordings, which are non-commercial and highly artistic. Carefully handing down the tradition of reggae music, Dub Store Records has so far issued recordings from labels and artists such as Studio One, Federal Records (Federal, Kentone, Merritone), Jammys, Bunny Wailer's Solomonic, Derrick Harriott, Kiddus I, Redman International, King Tubby’s Firehouse, Fam's, BMN and much more to come.
PRODUCED by: F. Dowding. ARRANGED by: F. Dowding. RECORDED at: Black Ark, Tuff Gong, Harry J Studio, Sound Dragon NY. MIXED by: Lee Perry, Dennis Thompson & Chow Chow, Stephen Stewart. ENGINEER: Lee Perry, Dennis Thompson, Mervin Morris, D. Lee. OVERDUBBED at: Aquarius Studio.
DRUMS: Carlton 'Santa' Davis, Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallece, Cornell Marshall, Oral Fabian. BASS: Robert Shakespear , Micheal Williams, Haile Maskil, Leebert 'Gibbi' Morison, Paul Blake. GUITAR: Earl "China" Smith, Dwight Pickney, X Sweeney, Ernest Wilson. SAX: Glen Da'Costa, Cedric 'Im' Brooks. TRUMPET: Mike Hamson. PIANO: Tyrone Downie, Newton Brenor. KEYBOARDS: Leslie Butler , Earl Wire Lindo , Harvey Bernard Touter, Winston Wright, Belly Lloyd, Little D. CLAVINET: Tyrone Downie. HARMONICA: Jimmy Beeker. PERCUSSIONS: Kiddus I, I Jack. BACKING VOCALS: Kiddus I, Congos, Tyrone Downie.
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Great album of which I had a great original copy some 15-20 years ago. Great to find it here. Not much known but one of the best late Jammy's @ Tubby's dub albums. Love the Tom Sprang cut (Wailing Souls). Sadly this sounds a bit more noisy than the copy I once had, still HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Big ups to Pressure Sounds for releasing this treasure on their great label!!!!!!! Markus Bader