When was the last time you listened to a Sizzla album?

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Re: When was the last time you listened to a Sizzla album?

Postby Reggie Love » Thu Nov 30, 2017 1:28 pm

What are your favourite Sizzla sevens not on an album Dread Archive?
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Re: When was the last time you listened to a Sizzla album?

Postby Dread Archive » Thu Nov 30, 2017 1:59 pm

Sizzla - African Children # LP track is also on a Manatee JA 7" 2002 with Iyahbingie Version which is not on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F968fkvGlQc

Discogs: Sizzla - African Children / Version (Manatee) 2002 JA 7" # I have the 7" with Version.
https://www.discogs.com/Sizzla-African-Children/release/3659965

Sizzla - Brainwash / Version (Crown Star) 1999 JA 7"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjzLJhSW5UI

Next cut # Capleton - As The Hour Pass By (Crown Star) 1999 JA 7"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QMgi6aDia0

Three 7s that I own.
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Re: When was the last time you listened to a Sizzla album?

Postby Reggie Love » Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:48 pm

Yes, great tunes, Dread Archive, thanks for posting. I've never heard the 'Brainwash' riddim before - brilliant!

I have a Sizzla album called African Children but unfortunately that track is not on there.

Got a few Sizzla sevens, including this great version of Bob Dylan's Subterranean Homesick Blues - the only cover version he's recorded among his thousands of tunes as far as I know. And not on any Sizzla album I don't think.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sjh0JuyovP4
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Re: When was the last time you listened to a Sizzla album?

Postby Dread Archive » Thu Nov 30, 2017 3:20 pm

Reggie Love wrote:Yes, great tunes, Dread Archive, thanks for posting. I've never heard the 'Brainwash' riddim before - brilliant!


Other cuts on the Brainwash riddim JA 7s + a one riddim LP calling it 'Fire' riddim

Bushman - Lovers Of Men Brain Wash 1999 Crown Star
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkUR-GyTjhw

Capleton - As The Hour Pass By Brain Wash Crown Star
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHQdDyp4Xhg

Congo Judah - Early
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mF_H5fyoaVc

Determine - One Draw Brain Wash 1999 Crown Star
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JI-yFVMykAk

Jah Mason & Joseph Shepherd - One, Two Order
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSQ_zox43Ic

Joseph Shepherd - It's Serious
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8r-6_wm534

Norris Man - Redder Than Before Brain Wash 1999 Crown Star
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4z1W_o1yLmo

Shepherd - What Yuh Gonna Do Brain Wash 1999 Crown Star

Sizzla - Brain Wash Brain Wash 1999 Crown Star
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjzLJhSW5UI

Yami Bolo - Bring In The Gun Brain Wash 1999 Crown Star
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zO-POvNIOAE

Yoube Playlist 'Brainwash' / 'Fire' riddim
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBt4TsESNJDcFBiW8zDYPwZZ19RNiaZHM
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Re: When was the last time you listened to a Sizzla album?

Postby Rootsman » Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:44 pm

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Re: When was the last time you listened to a Sizzla album?

Postby Reggie Love » Thu Nov 30, 2017 5:06 pm

Oh dear! I reckon Sugar Cane must have paid for a super expensive ‘special’ in which he gets to ‘sing’ with Sizzla. I did read the review of the album this comes from on Reggaeville and they said it was ‘mediocre’ and they are usually positive about everything. They did single this track out for being particularly poor.
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Re: When was the last time you listened to a Sizzla album?

Postby Dread Archive » Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:53 am

Ras Teo feat. Sizzla Kalonji - Hands Up For Africa [Official Video 2017]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkWMgcfqZEE
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Re: When was the last time you listened to a Sizzla album?

Postby maarten820 » Sat Dec 02, 2017 9:56 pm

Sizzla the man is a true legend. I used to be one of his biggest fans. I used to buy almost anything he released between late '90 till 2006 i think. I still listen to these things almost daily. Seen him live many times but where did it all go wrong if you see videos like these

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUqwCgSlvFo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07slF5kS3HU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiVz4ZbVK4k

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05YbH-Kl-t0
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Re: When was the last time you listened to a Sizzla album?

Postby Don Julian » Sun Dec 03, 2017 5:52 am

Reggie Love wrote:Got a few Sizzla sevens, including this great version of Bob Dylan's Subterranean Homesick Blues - the only cover version he's recorded among his thousands of tunes as far as I know. And not on any Sizzla album I don't think

Greetings Reggie,
That track is from the 'Reggae Tribute To Bob Dylan' album:
https://www.discogs.com/master/341371

peace
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Re: When was the last time you listened to a Sizzla album?

Postby Reggie Love » Sat Dec 01, 2018 2:12 pm

Seeing the brilliant Jah 9 perform at the Subterrenia in Ladbroke Grove, London, last Friday, made me want to listen to an early Sizzla album for the first time in a while. I recognised the same fire, righteousness and conviction in her peformance and delivery. One of the best gigs I've seen in years. In fact, better than the only occasion I managed to catch Sizzla in concert, at the Hackney Ocean in 2001. Respects too to the Dub Treatment Band, and Sister Aisha for providing for great support.

For those interested, there is a great medley of Sizzla covers of Jah 9's second mixtape, 9mm Vol 2. (free download)
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Re: When was the last time you listened to a Sizzla album?

Postby Dubba » Sat Dec 01, 2018 3:40 pm

High praise indeed Reggie! I’ll be honest I struggle to relate to the new batch of roots artists from JA that have come to the fore over the last few years. I’ve seen protoje, chronnixx and Samory- I live over the last year or so and honestly I wasn’t impressed by any of them. There just seems to be something in their music that I struggle to connect with. I know you shouldn’t really compare eras but when you compare the releases from the aforementioned artists to Sizzla, Buju, Luciano, Garnett albums from the 90’s they pale in comparison in my humble opinion. Think my age and nostalgia probably have a lot to do with my disenchantment with the so called nu roots movement. Have any of these artists released anything that can stand alongside Til Shiloh, Praise ye Jah, Where there is life or its growing? I’m expecting similar comments about my selections from the 70’s era BAffers highlighting the inferiority of the albums I listed alongside Visions of Dennis Brown, Lambs Bread International, Bobby Bobylon, Marcus Garvey etc. I suppose we’re all inherently biased towards the periods we all came of age?

Despite all of the above, I really admire you’re commitment to new music Reggie, and partly annoyed with myself for not sharing your enthusiasm!
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Re: When was the last time you listened to a Sizzla album?

Postby Reggie Love » Sat Dec 01, 2018 5:18 pm

Cheers Dubba,

I do have a tendency to get carried away in my enthusiasm, but I am honest in how I feel about a particular performance or album at the time.

I have a really good mate who is not a hardcore reggae nut like me, but nevertheless if I tell him a particular artist is worth a look, he will take my word and come along to a gig. We have been to a lot over the past 15 years or so, and like you he is not really feeling the new artists in the same way I am. We have been to see Chronixx three times, Protoje twice, Tarrus Riley, Samory I and now Jah 9 (among others) over the past few years and he misses the days of Capleton, Bounty Killer, Anthony B, Buju etc, in their prime. But he was really taken with Jah 9 too and thought she was the best of new roots artists. He said he was reminded of Capleton in terms of the power of the performance.

Part of what it made so special is of course that it is rarity to see a female reggae singer performing with her own band - never mind one with so much originality and talent. I used to love Tanya Stephens too but both times i've seen her in concert she didn't have the musical backing she deserved. I didn't realise that Sister Aisha was such a good singer either until this night but she was singing over backing tapes, which I think is a sign of how women tend to get a raw deal in the music. I would like to see Queen Ifrica performing and will go if she comes to London.

As you say, it is difficult to compare eras, and i think there is a certain rawness and edge perhaps lacking with the new artists compared with those you mention - the energy and power of Capleton and Buju and in a slightly different way, Luciano, at their best was phenemonal. They actually sounded dangerous - ie revolutionary - at times. Sadly I never got to witness the great Garnet Silk in concert. As for Sizzla, I'd been a huge fan for four years by the time I got to see him, so I had massive expectations which he didn't live up to - i think at that stage I was still getting used to the disapointment of many reggae artists not having a horn section as part of their performances. With Jah 9, I liked her music a lot, but live it really came, well 'alive' and I thought, yes this is a great artist.

Albums wise, again hard to make comparisons, but I think Black Gold is a masterpiece; Protoje and Jah 9 have both made two very good albums each, and after my initial disapointment, Chronology has really started growing on me. For someone who likes going to reggae gigs, i think the music is in a healthy state when you have five very good roots artists (at least) with their own bands who are able to tour with headline shows. Five or six years ago, I think to an extent, Tarrus Riley was out their on his own among new artists. (though I am probably forgetting people).

Which current artists do you rate the most Dubba? What are you favourite reggae albums of the past five years or so?
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Re: When was the last time you listened to a Sizzla album?

Postby Dubba » Sat Dec 01, 2018 5:53 pm

Thanks for the lengthy response to my moaning Reggie! Sounds like Jah 9 really made an impression on you. If I’m being honest, I’ve not really given her a chance and have only really heard the odd single from her such as new name and steamers a bubble.

In terms of current artists, from the limited selection I listen or have listened to, Samory-I is by some distance my favourite. I wasn’t blown away by his live performance but he is probably very new to live shows so would expect him to hone his craft over the next few years. Although Black Gold is a mordern classic I haven’t really been blown away by his non Rory productions.

In terms of other new artists, I’ve bought Protoje’s first album,7 year itch which I quite liked. I also liked Dread and Terrible in parts.

I hear what you’re saying about Sizzla. Based on numerous disappointing live experiences over the years I’m sometimes reluctant to catch some of my favourite artists live as a bad experience can blight your attitude towards them! One of the prime examples of this for me was Richie Spice. A lot of it was to do with poor organisation and frustration at him coming on at 5 in the morning! However on a more positive note I remember Chezidek being on the same bill and being blown away by him. He had absolutely no stage presence and simply stood on stage with his eyes closed most of the time, but sounded amazing and almost otherworldly! That experience definitely enhanced my future listening pleasure in terms of him unlike Richie! His Harvest Time album was probably one of the last really good albums that Fatis produced before he passed.

I’m going to go and give Jah 9 a listen. Where do you reccomend starting?
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Re: When was the last time you listened to a Sizzla album?

Postby Reggie Love » Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:14 pm

HI Dubba,

I had a similar experience with Richie Spice - not quite as late as 5am, but it couldn't have been far off - at the Rex in Stratford, which hosted many reggae events back in the days before the London Olympics. I rate Chezidek, but have never managed to see him live. The 'Harvest Time' LP is a very original set. It took me a while to get it because there are no obvious hit tunes but as an album it really works.

As for Jah 9, I'd start with the New Name album she recorded for Rory Stonelove.
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