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Keith Foundation with Black Disciples - upcoming album

Postby guillaumebougard » Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:41 am

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Re: Keith Foundation with Black Disciples - upcoming album

Postby lankou » Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:55 am

Count me in if there's a vinyl version ! I have always enjoyed the underated Foundation's two first albums (third is a little too slick, imho).
Maybe they didn't get too big as the harmony trio formula was no longer the order of the day in the late 80's. Glad to hear Mr Douglas in fine form. Nice idea you got there! Looking forward to hearing the wole thing. Any possible release date?
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Re: Keith Foundation with Black Disciples - upcoming album

Postby guillaumebougard » Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:23 pm

I've just finished the mix and the mastering

here is a nice track

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2_sHMabgG8
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Re: Keith Foundation with Black Disciples - upcoming album

Postby jb welda » Sat Nov 03, 2018 3:56 am

foundation was a great outfit and its great to hear keith sounding so good. If you see him, ask him if he remembers the set in san Francisco a couple nights after the big earthquake. Was quite a night over at the kennel club after that mess, i am sure he will recall.

so who is that in the black disciples? I think I recognize chinna smith, Robbie lyn, who else?

Great track and if the rest comes up to that standard you got another winner. Be sure to post when this becomes available; I will be among the first in line.

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Re: Keith Foundation with Black Disciples - upcoming album

Postby guillaumebougard » Sun Mar 24, 2019 10:47 am

I was unable to log in the forum for months and had almost given up on it when I received an email giving me a new password. So here I am and we're going to talk about the HI YO album by Keith Foundation & The Black Disciples

The records finally arrived from Optimal in Germany. They look good and shiny and black and they sound pretty good if you ask me. I haven't done an unwrapping video or a turntable video, maybe some time in the near future if I can get my butt off the couch this Sunday... Not likely at the moment.

Anyway, I don't know if I mentioned how this album came to be. It's fashionable nowadays to defecate on the evilous Facebook Evil Empire. Well I will say that Facebook was where I saw a video posted by Rob Dulcemania, whom I'd never talked or interacted with before. here is the video he posted

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oV0sSlzPGkY

I went wow, they (Foundation) are still around. I had really enjoyed their three albums for Island 25-30 years ago and thought they would be perfect for the Black Disciples, Jack Ruby's studio band in the 70's, who backed Burning Spear on his legendary albums, or Justin Hinds, Ken Boothe, etc... I am the hugest fan of Jack Ruby's productions with those musicians and cherish watching the studio scenes in "Rockers". I know I would not be able to gather the full band, but at least the nucleus: Horsemouth Wallace on Drums, Robbie Shakespeare on bass, Chinna Smith on guitar, completed by Robbie Lyn on keyboards (the original player was Tarzan Nelson, currently living in Florida). We had already tested the concept a couple years before for Skully Sims and had been beautiful.

I called Robbie Shakespeare to enquire about Keith and Robbie told me he was cool to work with so I contacted Rob who linked me with Cecil Buster, Keith's friend and manager. We were able to come to an agreement to produce 7 songs with the Disciples.

Robbie linked the other musicians and they went to Anchor (Gussie Clarke's studio, which I use all the time): they recorded the riddims on Monday and the vocals on Tuesday.

Then Bravo (from SmallWorld Studio downtown Kingston) came to live at my place during the Summer and we mixed the album together. Here is a video with the setup

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiyLqBH-uck

As you can see there is no sound isolation, the windows are open. NOT KOSHER AT ALL, but we worked on the sound and listened, benchmarked the sound of records we liked and knew by heart to figure out how to mix properly (and heavy!).

Right away, I wanted to extend the versions and create discomix versions, because:

1. I fukcing love that format, which reminds me of the golden age of 12" records with the dub following the song seamlessly so the DJ could drop his lyrics
2. I wanted to showcase the brilliant musicianship of the Black Disciples.

You can grab a copy of the album

https://taxitabou1.bandcamp.com/album/hi-yo-lp-2
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Re: Keith Foundation with Black Disciples - upcoming album

Postby jb welda » Mon Mar 25, 2019 3:09 am

that link you supply lists 13 tracks, all extended length, the first 7 being disco mixes but the last 6 instrumental versions, very long as well. Are these all included on the vinyl, making it a two record set? Or is the vinyl just the first 7 tracks and the other tracks come with the download?

Looks and sounds great, I want a copy but wondering exactly what is offered. I commend you for allowing people to hear the whole release instead of just snippets. A worthy effort all around.

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Re: Keith Foundation with Black Disciples - upcoming album

Postby guillaumebougard » Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:53 am

JB:

the LP contains the first 6 tracks of the 13
I wanted to make sure the duration of each side of the LP was under 24 minutes to allow for wider grooves and a deeper sound. So I axed "They never listen"
I forgot to run a 100% instrumental track of "Tek it like that" which explains why there is only 13 tracks instead of 14 (7 songs + 7 instrumentals)
The instrumental versions are the same as the songs except I removed the vocals and ran the track as is, so it starts with an instrumental (where there is vocals on the vocal versions) and ends with a dub
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