Thursday, August 13, 2009

Knotty Vision

Today's post features Jackie Brown, one of the forgotten heroes of reggae, in his twin roles of producer and singer. For anyone wanting to know more about him (and he's an interesting guy), there's an excellent interview here:

Anyway, this first post is from 1974, and he's wearing his producer hat: To Leave

Dobby Jones has quite a similar style of singing to Jackie Brown himself, and as far as I've been able to discover, only recorded 6 records. Anyway, the rhythm's great, the vocal's heartfelt & conscious and kind of country style, and there's talk that it was recorded and mixed at the Black Ark. I couldn't find my copy to scan, but I'll post an updated link in the comments when I do.

It was clearly too good to leave at just one cut, so JB sang his own vocal version a couple of years later, and it turned into quite a big hit. 'Knotty Vision' is strong in all the same ways as the original tune, and one of my favourites from all his records. My copy is completely mashed, and although I've did what I could to clean it up, the sound's still quite poor.


The Diarist said...

Hi I really like your blog. I'm getting introduced to so many aritists that I'd otherwise never hear of. Any chance you could post more .mp3s instead of the .zip files?

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Anonymous said...

Hey mon, thanks for all the great nuggets. Wonderful job. BTW I'm looking for an obscure track... The name of the song is Johnny California, it was by the Ashantites,
and it was on the Ashanti Label, I nabbed that single when I was at University of Maryland. I lost it and have not seen it since.

lala said...

steve says:
'Johnny California'? - I don't have it myself, but could this be the one?

the_voice_of_reason said...

This is a nice tune - Jackie Brown's "Wiser Dread" gets a play here -