Jamaican Recordings LP 32 by Tappa Zukie, Sly Dunbar, Carlton Davis, Max Edwards, Robbie Shakespeare, George Fullwood, Earl Smith, Ansell Collins, Keith Sterling, Winston Wright, Bobby Ellis, Tommy McCook, Vin Gordon, Deadley Benett, Lennox Brown, Zoot Simms, Sticky
Jamaican Recordings LP 32 review
Tappa Zukie is not only one of Jamaica’s greatest DJ’s, is also a much respected producer
and arranger. Looking back through his master tapes we have found a lost release that due
to being a worldwide recording artist and the pressures that this carries, it has stayed on his
musical shelf and been passed over... until now.
When rhythm was King way back in the 1970’s, the predominant feature of the final mix down
would in most cases be the drums and bass. Bringing drums and bass to the fore, the other
instruments that create the tunes mood would take a back seat in the mix. With such fine
musicians in the horn sections as Vin Gordon, Deadly ‘Headley’ Bennett and the unstoppable
Tommy McCook, it sometimes felt, their services if nothing else were slightly underused.
So one way of rectifying this situation was one that Tappa himself instigated, putting a
release together by picking some of his favourite productions that carried classic horn
lines alongside those tightly recorded rhythms. Pushing those horn lines up in the mix
and so making a feature of some of those touches that although added some colour to
the original cut, laid back in the mix to the more Sound System friendly drum and bass cut.
When looking at the music with this approach, some of the other influences that were also
in Tappa’s mind can be noticed more. Maybe it’s a Jazzier / Bluesy feel shining through.
A strange thing happens that almost takes the song down the avenue of a
soundtrack album. An unreleased film score to accompany an
So sit back and enjoy a lost release that time and place did not find time to see the light of day.
As the opening track testifies and in the immortal words of Mr Tappa Zukie himself..
“Your Musical Daddy is back... Horns Up !!!!”