lankou wrote:Some people should be reminded that Fattis was not just all about conscious tunes or roots dancehall: his labels released lots of hardcore dancehall tunes -including a lot of minimalistic clunkers in the late 80's-early 90's, and a number of them hardly politically correct, to say the least (ask Ninjaman!). Lots of off the wall stormers as well, in a hardcore mode, and really not just stuff by Sizzla and Luciano. Also lots of romantic tunes. Fattis should be remembered for the whole spectrum of his productions, not just conscious" tunes. Sly at Fattis's, that's one of the last great winning tickets, really. If the whole output of Star Trail and XTM were to be compared, i'd say that the first one has a higher percentage of roots tunes than the latter. Of course, Fattis released more tunes than R Bell.
really and truly, ask me for 1 production from that era and I hardly could name one title. but ask me about the conscious era and I will line up the whole catalogue if needed! he changed the game with conscious productions together with Richard Bell who also had some funny sounding 80s tunes sameway Fattis did, but those tunes are not the good selling ones. There is maybe some expensive collectors stuff from the early era but only collectors are interested in those, but regular people would all tend to the conscious era. but there was some great stuff in the early era sameway tunes like "Dirts Man - Strive" or "Papa San - It Bun Dem" and Acid by Ninja or Super Cat - Chalice A Lick & Sandokan are crucial indeed but if you take Luciano "Good God" it would mash up the whole Exterminator era with a few lines from that 1 song, all Luciano xtm albums and the most of Sizzla early xtm stuff is like a milestone to whole reggae music, just as channel one and studio one and federal and all who made reggae reach 2000 without changing the content of it.