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Darker Than Blue: Soul from Jamdown (1973-1980)

1973-77-Darker Than Blue: Soul Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (August 14, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1973
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blood & Fire Records
  • ASIN: B00005LEW1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,540 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ghetto Funk - The Boris Gardiner Happening
2. Collie Stuff - The Chosen Few
3. Slipping Into Darkness - Carl Bradney
4. Is It Because I'm Black? - Ken Boothe
5. Get Incolved - Freddie McGregor
6. Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City - Al Brown
7. Mango Walk - In-Crowd
8. Ain't No Sunshine - Ken Boothe
9. Gypsy Woman - Milton Henry
10. Give Me Your Love - Junior Murvin
11. For The Love Of You - John Holt
12. It's A Shame - Alton Ellis
13. I'm Your Puppet - Jimmy London
14. Get Ready - Delroy Wilson
15. Darker Than Blue - Lloyd Charmers
16. Why Can't We Live Together - Tinga Stewart
17. Baltimore - The Tamlins
18. Hotter Reggae Music - Welton Irie

Editorial Reviews

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With so many hip-hop headz and funk nostalgists digging deeper into the record crates for the real thing, labels such as the U.K.'s Soul Jazz have begun packaging dancehall for the new generation. On the other hand, premier reggae historian Steve Barrow--whose career of repackaging reggae for American and British audiences includes the landmark four-CD Tougher Than Tough box set--uses Darker Than Blue: Soul from Jamdown to turn the mirror around, examining Jamaican bands covering American funk. The fine selection includes covers of songs written by Americans already indelibly influenced by reggae, including Carl Bradney's cover of War's "Slipping into Darkness" and Tinga Stewart's cover of Timmy Thomas's "Why Can't We Live Together?" Others are completely Jamaicanized versions of the originals, as in the Tamlins' cover of Randy Newman's "Baltimore" and the unforgettable title track, Lloyd Charmers's dubwise rendering of Curtis Mayfield's classic. Welton Irie's "Hotter Reggae Music" borrows generous helpings of "Rapper's Delight," a case of history coming full circle. Highly recommended. --Jeff Chang

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5.0 out of 5 stars BLOOD & FIRE'S VERY BEST October 16, 2001
Format:Audio CD
DARKER THAN BLUE: Manchester's Blood & Fire crew has been responsible for digging up and dusting off some of the most scorching reggae ever recorded, and SOUL FROM JAMDOWN seems to me to be the very pinnacle of their considerable achievements so far. Whereas earlier B&F collections tended to focus on a particular artist or producer, this release attempts to capture a specific sound : that is, the apocalyptic meeting of reggae and classic American soul music of the 60s and 70s. For Steve Barrow and Mark Ainley the JAMDOWN project has obviously been a labour of love, and their dedication and diligence is reflected in the sheer quality of the material on offer here. Push play, and tune in to sixty-four minutes of flying sparks, as some of Jamaica's most talented musicians meld the raw appeal of reggae to the smooth soul sound of black America. Highlights? The whole disc is one big highlight, but stand-outs would have to include Boris Gardiner's driving organ workout (keys courtesy of Leslie Butler) GHETTO FUNK; Milton Henry's searing take on GYPSY WOMAN; Al Brown's superb reading of AIN'T NO LOVE; and the forgotten Upsetter gem SLIPPING INTO DARKNESS, a deep vibration courtesy of the otherwise unkown Carl Bradney. In short, this collection is ALL KILLER from start to finish; scroll back up top, and put this one in your shopping cart immediately.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ...hotter reggae music! August 30, 2005
By L Jones
Format:Audio CD
if it were possible to rate this record higher, i surely would! it is impeccable! from older reggae artists found covering classic soulful american jams, EACH ONE of these classic tracks consistently smokes! ...from lighter, more melodic songs like (give me yer love) to bass-heavy, rock-steady tunes like (just 'cos i'm black) this album is phenominal for ANY occasion! vocal arrangements influenced by 'motown's' best talents. SWEET, easy bass and drum grooves with popular music. very difficult to find THIS many classics on one record! (perhaps try the old trojan records comps.) but be CERTAIN not to pass THIS one up! few other albums will have you grooving all the way through!

AND in addition, the photography inside the booklet is priceless! fantastic photos of life in the heart of jamaica.

-enjoy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Renditions - Great Funky Reggae September 25, 2006
By KC
Format:Audio CD
I admit I was a little leery, I thought it would simply be some weak reggae-fied 60's soul tracks - more novelty than anything (or worse - steel drums) but these are top notch re-interpretated reggae-funk with meaningful performances.

There are some killer cuts that not only remind you that 1960's soul/r&b was not just fun and games - it held meaning and ask real questions - and this CD shows that that message is universal.
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