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Scorchers from the Early Years 1967-73

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Joe Gibbs 4/14/2009

Review

The six years covered by this generous two-disc set comprise an incredibly pivotal and important period in the history of reggae music, and very few producers were as influential during that period as Joe Gibbs. Organized in roughly chronological order, the 40 tracks presented here document the sound of rocksteady (with its rubbery, elastic beat) as it peaked in popularity and then gave way to the slower, darker sounds of early reggae; it ends just as the Rastafarian element was about to take over decisively and inform reggae's lyrical concerns for the remainder of the 1970s. Throughout this program, though, the songs are mostly about love and dancing and horse races (the Pioneers' classic "Longshot" is here in a showcase version, as is an alternate lyrical take on the same rhythm). The performers are a nice mix of familiar names (Stranger Cole, Ethiopians, Heptones) and relative unknowns (Soul Mates, Nicky Thomas, Young Souls), and the sound quality is generally very good. Highlights are many, and include a brilliant Stranger & Gladdy number titled "Seeing Is Knowing," which is presented here in showcase style with a Lee "Scratch" Perry DJ cut; a wonderful early Judy Mowatt song called "The Gardener" (and credited to "Julie Anne"); and the Ethiopians' fantastic "The Ring," a true early reggae gem. ~ Rick Anderson
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Hold Them Roy Shirley 2:45
  3. 2 Give It to Me Joe Gibbs 2:54
  4. 3 You're Gonna Need Me Errol Dunkley 2:12
  5. 4 Please Stop Your Lying Errol Dunkley 2:54
  6. 5 Just Like a River/El Casino Royale Joe Gibbs 4:58
  7. 6 Seeing Is Knowing/Kimble Joe Gibbs 6:17
  8. 7 The Upsetter/Upsetter Version Joe Gibbs 6:1
  9. 8 The Scorcher Errol Dunkley 2:40
  10. 9 Musically Keith Blake 2:22
  11. 10 Delilah Tyrone Taylor 2:28
  12. 11 Long Shot/Jackpot The Pioneers 5:29
  13. 12 Jumpy Jumpy Girl The Conquerors 2:25
  14. 13 Mama Look Deh Reggae Boys 3:6
  15. 14 Them a Laugh and a Kiki Joe Gibbs 2:35
  16. 15 Private Number Ernest Wilson 2:36
  17. 16 Wreck a Buddy The Soul Sisters 2:26
  18. 17 Why Did You Leave Me Young Souls 3:1
  19. 18 It's Alright Ken Parker 2:55
  20. 19 Only Yesterday/Danger Zone Joe Gibbs 6:13
  21. 20 Reflections of Don D [Medley] Johnny "Dizzy" Moore 3:14
  22. 1 No Money, No Honey/Nevada Joe Joe Gibbs 5:40
  23. 2 Movements (The Joe Gibbs Way) Joe Gibbs 2:52
  24. 3 Jack of My Trade/Franco Nero Joe Gibbs 6:14
  25. 4 Don't Touch Me/Doctor Feelgood Joe Gibbs 6:40
  26. 5 Aguarius Joe Gibbs 2:53
  27. 6 Love of the Common People [Original Ja Mix] Nicky Thomas 2:18
  28. 7 United We Stand Joe Gibbs 3:14
  29. 8 The Gardener Judy Mowatt 2:18
  30. 9 Hypocrite The Heptones 3:2
  31. 10 People of Today Jackie Brown 2:0
  32. 11 Maga Dog/Skanky Dog Joe Gibbs 5:28
  33. 12 Them a Fi Get a Beaten/Reuben Joe Gibbs 3:52
  34. 13 If I Had a Hammer/Hammering Version Joe Gibbs 6:0
  35. 14 Have a Little Faith/Have Faith Joe Gibbs 7:2
  36. 15 The Ring The Ethiopians 1:54
  37. 16 Pretty Girl Delroy Wilson 2:40
  38. 17 Baby I Need Your Loving Delroy Wilson 2:29
  39. 18 Knock on Wood Alton Ellis 2:34
  40. 19 Honey in My Pocket/A So We Stay Joe Gibbs 5:7
  41. 20 Chucky No Lucky/Waterhouse Rock Big Youth 5:29

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