Thursday, February 04, 2010

Deejay Classic!

Here's a really nice double-header from 1973, 'Things Not Easy'
by the Meditators, and 'Ration' by Bongo Herman & Bingy Bunny. The a-side is a really nice early roots tune. I don't think that the Meditators are the Meditations (this was a little bit before their time, and doesn't sound a lot like them). 

The b-side is an arse-kicking version of Dennis Brown's 'Money In My Pocket': equal to if not better than 'A So We Stay'. With both artists toasting over bongos and really heavily gated rhythm guitars it has a sound all of its own and really draws you in. 

Bingy Bunny was one of the most versatile and influential reggae that hardly anyone got to hear about. Singer and producer with the Morwells and co-founder of the Roots Radics, he had a huge influence on the sound of reggae in the 1970s and 1980s. He stopped making deejay tunes when he started finding success as a vocalist; probably a wise decision because good as they were, his singing was even better.

Anyway, hope you enjoy.


the_voice_of_reason said...

The Meditators were originally Pat "Jah Lloyd" Francis and Ronnie Davis, after the Tennors and before the Itals, and then later Fitzroy "Bunny" Simpson, who had briefly left the Mighty Diamonds following the failure of their Lee Perry and Bunny Lee 45s, but rejoined them when they moved to Maxfield Avenue. More information here -

Jah Lloyd isn't on this tune, as he'd already moved on to cutting his own tunes on Teem

lala said...

Voice of Steve say:
Nice one VoR! Mystery solved! Liked the link as well - I notice there's a shedload of articles and interviews up on that site. I'm looking forward to doing a bit of reading.

ron said...

Thank you !!