• Vivian Jones – Flash It And Gwan
    • Vivian Jones – Bank Robbery
    • Vivian Jones – This Daughter Of Mine
    • Vivian Jones – Bit Of Your Loving
    • Vivian Jones – Mash It Up Jah
    • Vivian Jones – Going Home (Daughters Of Zion)
    • Vivian Jones – Gun Happy Police
    • Vivian Jones – Third World Man
    • 1. Flash It And Gwan
    • 2. Bank Robbery
    • 3. This Daughter Of Mine
    • 4. Bit Of Your Loving
    • 5. Mash It Up Jah
    • 6. Going Home (Daughters Of Zion)
    • 7. Gun Happy Police
    • 8. Third World Man

    Vivian Jones' debut album, released in 1983 and backed by Undivided Roots. Heavy slow sparse rhythms (in a Roots Radics style) and floating keyboards. Superb roots by this inspired UK singer, including the well-know tunes Flash It And Gwan and Third World Man.Born in Jamaica but raised in the UK, Vivian Jones is an important voice in the UK Roots scene. Started in the 70’s as deejay on local sound systems but also as a member of several UK Roots bands. Disillusioned with the music industry he returned to Jamaica in 1982 and recorded some material there. He returned to London, began recording again in his spare time and released his debut album Bank Robbery on Ruff Cut. He went on to work with Jah Shaka, Bobby Digital, Junior Reid and many others. In the 90’s he started his own ‘Imperial House’ label. Nowadays a welcome guest on every reggae festival in Europe, Vivian still plays live shows and even with more than 130 single releases under his belt, he keeps on recording new and uplifting tunes.

    "At that time I never had a band to work with or anything so I spoke to Crucial Tony Phillips and he said I must come in. I went down to Ruff Cutt and they had some rhythms down there that they didn't know what to do with and I think they were even going to wipe some of them off the tape. They played me a few of them and I said, "What? You gwaan wipe off this?? A me tek this!" so they say "Alright, come voice it..." and the tune was Flash It And Gwaan. When I heard that rhythm I said, "Bwoy you mad???" and they said, "we cyaan get nobody to sing 'pon this riddim" so I said, "gimme the riddim". And, in fact, before I sang it, when I heard the rhythm I went to a sound party. I went there and they gave me the mic and I started singing Flash It And Gwaan right there and then. Then I went to the studio and sang it for Ruff Cutt. After Flash It And Gwaan I sang about three more tunes that night and then they decided to make an album so they started giving me different rhythms and I kept voicing them until we had an album. That was the album Bank Robbery, because at the time the bank robbery was a real thing that happened on my birthday, 1st April, when they robbed some gold bullion or something like that. Whole heap of millions. And because it was on my birthday, I remembered that and then one day they gave me a rhythm and so I sang Bank Robbery on it for the album title track".

    Other Releases by Vivian Jones

    Vivian JonesBrand New Scond Hand SoundBlack Solidardity
    Wicked sound boy cut from Vivian Jones for Ossie Thomas's Black Solidardity label, with version on the flip.
    • Vivian Jones – Brand New Second Hand Sound
    • Dub Generals ft. Aba Ariginal – Big Sound

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    Uber Rare 1977 12" from U.S.A. roots band More Relation with full killer disco mixes of both tunes. Recommended!
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    • – Solve Them
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    Absolute killer 90s digi. Exciting and uplifting roots from the Abbasani crew, produced by Milton Boothe. Complete with thunder effect at the start!
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    King SharkBlack ManRoots Vibration
    Conscious early 90s tune by King Shark. Self-produced and released on his own label Green Farm in 1991. Easy-going rhythm, horns and bass and fantastic...
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    Tristan PalmerBorn NakedRoots Vibration
    Next cut to "Institutionalized Racism" with Triston Palma on the vocals and a different dub. Produced by Ossie Thomas.
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    Noel Ellis is the son of legendary Studio One/Treasure Isle recording artist Alton Ellis. Located in Canada he recorded a self-titled LP for Summer Records...
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