Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Mighty Ruddy T

Ruddy Thomas is a name I usually associate with lovers tunes: he did a nice version of 'Every Day Is A Holiday' for Joe Gibbs, for example, and 'Time To Leave Daddy' is simply magnificent. It's not so often that you hear him singing a serious roots tune, but far stranger things have happened.

'Go Home Son' is one of his best: it's the original vocal to Dillinger's 'Five Man Army' and although it has a more commercial sound it definitely holds its own against the other cuts. There's another vocal by Echo Minott: he versions 'Woman In Love' by Barbra Streisand, which I've always enjoyed in spite of myself!

All the clips of the Barbra Streisand version in youtube are restricted use, so I can't embed them. This one is Bronislaw Komarowski, the late speaker of the Polish parliament. 


Bb said...

Haha, enjoyed the Streisand reference. Great version. Thanks again.

DigitalMiDigital said...


the_voice_of_reason said...

"Grandfather Bogle" was one of Ruddy Thomas' best roots tunes - that might be worth posting.

I remember he was responsible for mixing the live sound on Dennis Brown's 1979 UK tour with Lloyd Parks' We the People Band. Lloyd's bass pickup famously packed in on arrival in Edinburgh, which resulted in me receiving a panic stricken call from tour manager Castro Brown, and a fraught few hours trying to score a suitable replacement bass...

Steve said...

Good shout VoR - 'Grandfather Bogle' is an awesome awesome tune, but I'll be lucky if I ever find a copy.

Anonymous said...

thanks for all your wonderful posts! for another Streisand-cover see Wayne Smiths' Time Is A Moment In Space' (Jammy production with fantastic dubby version) to be found on The Crowning of Prince Jammy (Pressure Sounds)

jah Q.