Sunday, January 03, 2010

Diamond socks an ting

Hello again,

Here's another quick post. 'I'm Still In Love With You' was a massive hit for Alton Ellis and set off an avalanche of cover versions. The most famous of these was Althea & Donna's 'Uptown Top Ranking', also a massive hit, was produced by Joe Gibbs and spawned a host of answers, commentaries and cover versions. The biggest of these was Trinity's deejay hit 'Three Piece Suit' which celebrated fat girls and sharp dressing.

Prince Jazzbo made 'Natty Dread' as an answer to Trinity and Joe Gibbs for rival producer Bunny Lee. In case anyone missed the point, the b-side is called 'Straight To Trinity'. It's an absolutely storming version, toasting in a similar style to 'Natty Ting-A-Ling', and the dub is very very good. The message is 'Natty no check for vanity, check for love and inity', (Lighten up Jazzbo!)

I really like this one, and hope you do too.

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