Black Man's Pride

Soul Jazz Records
Preview
  • 1. Alton Ellis – Black Man's Pride
  • 2. Horace Andy – Child Of The Ghetto
  • 3. Dennis Brown – Created By The Father
  • 4. The Gladiators – Roots Natty
  • 5. The Classics – Got To Be Cool
  • 6. The Nightingales – Rasta Is Calling
  • 7. Glen Miller – Love & Understanding
  • 8. Sugar Minott – Woman Shadow
  • 9. Lloyd Jones & The Supernatural Six – Red In A Babylon
  • 10. Dudley Sibley & The Soul Gang – Love In Our Nation
  • 11. The Heptones – Equal Rights
  • 12. Glen Miller – You Must Be Love
  • 13. Winston Jarrett – Up Park No Mans Land
  • 14. Cedric Im Brooks – Why Can't I
  • 15. Larry Marshall – Let's Make It Up
  • 16. Freddie McGregor – Children Listen To The Wise Words
  • 17. John Holt – Build Our Dreams
  • 18. Johnny Osbourne – Forgive Them

While the righteousness of blackness is at the heart of the Rastafarian faith, this collection illustrates how black pride remained a central theme, if not the defining essence, at the very core of all the music created at Studio One Records.

Black Man’s Pride is the striking new Studio One collection of deep heavyweight reggae featuring Horace Andy, Alton Ellis, The Gladiators, Sugar Minott, The Heptones, Freddie McGregor, Cedric Brooks & more.

In order to understand the centrality of black identity in the music created at Studio One, we need look no further than Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd who, who created the first black-owned record company in Jamaica.

In similar fashion Alton Ellis’s defining ‘Black Man’s Pride’ brings up emotions that are at the heart of many of these uplifting songs. Alton Ellis’ birthplace was the Trench Town ghetto of Kingston, also the birthplace of The Wailers, Ken Boothe and many other Studio One luminaries.

Clement Dodd established a musical empire firmly rooted by the core musicians working at Studio One many of whom came out of the Alpha School for Wayward Boys, run by Roman Catholic nuns, whose luminaries include Don Drummond, Johnny Moore, Leroy ‘Horsemouth’ Wallace, Cedric Brooks, Vin Gordon, Tommy McCook & more.

Many of the songs featured here come from the transitory phase in reggae at the start of the 1970s. After the exhilaration of Ska and following the cooling down of Rocksteady. While reggae awaited the arrival of roots, Studio One’s vocalists were already producing some of the moodiest music imaginable! Here are 18 heavyweight tunes, both classic cuts and super-rare tunes!

This new album is released as a heavyweight gatefold double-LP edition (+ download code), CD and digital with full text.

REVIEW

"The bottomless pit that is Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One label(s) yields more gems. Soul Jazz and before it, Heartbeat in the US, United Artists, Bamboo and various other labels in the UK have released numerous collections, yet the catalogue remains largely under-exploited, despite the late Mr Dodd’s tireless efforts to wring every last cent from it in unlikely ways. Little wonder that some reggae fans, spoilt by knowledge and racks of original vinyl, can be inclined to shrug when another comp emerges: there have been so many. However, Soul Jazz’s albums are different: not only have they encouraged a new, younger audience, parallel to the one that enjoys rare funk and spiritual jazz, to appreciate this music, their records are coherent. They’re not just a heap of tunes that happen to be sharing a black vinyl apartment. They’re themed and meld musically. They have a reason to exist.

In this instance, that reason is an exploration of (mostly) 70s vocal roots reggae with a theme of black pride and dignity. This music was recorded as a cultural statement, if not a cry, from the roots; strong stuff, deep, dark and heavy. But don’t mistake that for leaden. It may have bass frequencies that drive your neighbour’s dog under the sofa, thinking it’s 5 November all over again, but this is no gloomy exercise in musical storm clouds. Right from Alton Ellis’s title-donating opening tune, there are aspects of Black Man’s Pride that will have you skipping around the room, literally or mentally, and thanking Jah that you didn’t spend the money it cost you on a pizza, dough balls and Diet Coke meal deal. This is not musical junk food, it’s a keeper fit to lift the heart whenever needed.

One reason for this is the sequencing. Glen Miller (not that one) may have a light, soulful voice but the rhythm track he’s riding on Love And Understanding is a minor chord churner, as sad as a wet Sunday. But it’s held up on either side by Sugar Minott (and an uncredited Gladiators) floating through Woman Shadow (as sung by The Meditations as Woman Is Like A Shadow), and The Nightingales’ gorgeously swinging Rasta Is Calling, a glorious take on Delroy Wilson’s Cool Operator rhythm that’s a sod to find on 45. The Heptones make a rational case for Equal Rights in a manner that ought to have been perky enough to win them at least an audition for a CBBC presenter’s role. Their lead singer Leroy Sibbles pops up uncredited on John Holt’s heart-lifting yet cool Let’s Build Our Dreams. Heavy 70s roots is gloomy? Nope. Jamaica’s ghettos were suffering; they didn’t need more misery.

There’s also judicious joining up of vocals and their dubwise 45 flipsides: The Gladiators’ Roots Natty is one such. I heard the vocal, and immediately wished it was the devastatingly moving dub cut. Compiler Stuart Baker evidently thought likewise, so it extends to the version. For variety, there’s a lone sax instrumental to wreck things up too: Cedric Brooks’ melodic Why Can’t I.

There’s room for the unique, deep and breathy voice of Larry Marshall. More “international” stars Horace Andy and Dennis Brown are here too, recorded as youths, as is a teenage Freddie McGregor on a rootsy rewrite of Cat Stevens’ Wild World – with what sounds like JS Bach on synth! The set shuts with Johnny Osbourne’s sophisticated and spiritually openhearted Forgive Them.

With an informative, eminently enjoyable sleeve note about the growth of roots reggae and its place in Rastafarianism and black awareness, fittingly Black Man’s Pride lacks nothing." Ian McCann, RECORD COLLECTOR

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Soul Jazz Records presents Brasil featuring Sivuca, Joyce, Raul de Souza and moreRecorded in Rio de Janeiro, BrazilSoul Jazz Records
Brand new edition of Soul Jazz Records’ Brasil album recorded in Rio de Janeiro in 1994 with a host of legendary Brazilian musicians including Sivuca,...
Space, Energy and LightExperimental Electronic and Acoustic Soundscapes 1961 - 88Soul Jazz Records
Soul Jazz Records’ new Space, Energy and Light is a collection of music by early electronic and synthesizer pioneers (from the 1960s through the 1970s),...
Dancehall (2017 edition)The Rise Of Jamaican Dancehall CultureSoul Jazz Records
Soul Jazz Records are releasing this new 10th anniversary 2017 edition of their classic album  ‘Dancehall – The Rise of Jamaican Dancehall...
Studio One IronsidesOriginal Classic Recordings 1963 - 1979Soul Jazz Records
Soul Jazz Records continues to dig deeper into the vaults of the mighty Studio One, the most important record label in the history of Reggae music. Founded...
The Skatalites: Independence Ska and The Far East SoundOriginal Ska Sounds From The Skatalites 1963 - 65Soul Jazz Records
Fantastic new collection of rare and classic killer ska from the legendary Skatalites, one of the most important groups in the history of Reggae.This...
Studio One Dub Fire SpecialChapter 3: 18 Heavyweight Dub Cuts From Brentford RoadSoul Jazz Records
Soul Jazz Records’ new ‘Studio One Dub Fire Special’ brings together 18 heavyweight dub cuts all recorded at 13 Brentford Road in the 1970s. Featuring...
STUDIO ONE DUBPLATE #6 BOX EDITIONSoul Brothers - Skitting DaySoul Jazz Records
SORRY SOLD OUT! BOX EDITION COMES WITH + Exclusive Studio One Key Ring!+ Exclusive Car bumper -size Studio One sticker + Large Dubplate Exclusive poster All...
  • BOX EDITION 180gm 12" + Large Format Poster + Car Bumper Sticker + Key Ring£40.00
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RastafariThe Dreads Enter Babylon 1955 - 1983Soul Jazz Records
Soul Jazz Records new album Rastafari: The Dreads Enter Babylon 1955-83 charts the many links between reggae music and the Rastafarian religion. Spanning...
  • 1. Count Ossie & The Rasta Family – Africa We Want Fe Go
  • 2. Johnny Clarke – None Shall Escape The Judgement
  • 3. Laurel Aitken – Haile Selassie
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Lloyd McNeill QuartetWashington Suite (1970)Soul Jazz Records
New edition of this very rare deep spiritual jazz album (currently £400 on Discogs for an original!) first released as a private-press album in 1970 on...
Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation Of RastafariTales Of MozambiqueSoul Jazz Records
Soul Jazz Records are releasing Count Ossie and The Mystic Revelation’s seminal 1975 album Tales of Mozambique in an expanded double album/single CD/digital...
Johnny Osbourne / Otis GayleWe Need Love / I'll Be AroundSoul Jazz Records
Killer Studio One 12" bomb!
  • 12"£9.99
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