Dienstag, 29. Dezember 2020

VA - Tighten Up Vol. 3 & 4


Obviously onto a good thing, the Trojan label continued the "Tighten Up" series of budget compilations rounding up recent hits continued, with Volume 3 and 4 arriving in 1970 and 1971 respectively.

The Maytals "Monkey Man" kicked off the former set, which once again is notable for its eclectic nature. There's another trio of instrumentals, with "Shocks of Mighty" boasting the exuberant DJ skills of Dave Barker, while veteran toaster King Stitt indulges the "Herbsman". Jimmy Cliff was "Suffering", but not for long, by the time this album hit the streets he'd already hit the big time. Ken Boothe was still a few years away from that, but his "Freedom Street" was a popular number, and in Jamaica the riddim would be versioned for years to come. Jamaican born, but British based Dandy Livingston would also eventually crack the UK charts, and here delivers a sublime cover of "Raining in My Heart". Former Gaylad Delano Stewart's offering is just as sweet and emotive.

With the dawn of a new decade, culture began taking hold in Jamaica, a phenomenon reflected across a clutch of Volume 4's cuts. Niney Holness's apocalyptic "Blood and Fire", The Ethiopians's plea for repatriation "The Selah", The Pioneers's harmonic cry of "Starvation" and Merlene Webber's toasting "Hard Life" all spoke of serious matters, as did The Slickers's sublime rude boy warning "Johnny Too Bad". But amongst these heavy hitters were an equal number of lighter songs. Hopeton Lewis, for one, was "Grooving Out on Life", Jean & the Gaytones found comfort in music, and adamantly declaring "I Shall Sing", while Webber found the solution for her difficulties, advising all women to "Stand by Your Man". The Ethiopians also return for a second helping with the love-laced "Good Ambition". Reissuing these two excellent compilation albums together on one CD emphasizes the stylistic shift underway, one from which roots would emerge.


Tighten Up - Volume 3 & 4 (192 kbps)

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Cri hat gesagt…

To whom it may interest:
VA - Tighten Up Vol. 3 & 4

Vol3
https://www.discogs.com/Various-Tighten-Up-Volume-3/master/343771
01 Monkey Man - The Maytals.mp3
02 Shocks Of Mighty - Upsetters.mp3
03 Freedom Street - Ken Boothe.mp3
04 Raining In My Heart - Dandy.mp3
05 Man From Carolina - G.G.Allstars.mp3
06 unclear Love Of The Common People - Nicky Thomas.mp3
07 Singer Man - Kingstonians.mp3
08 Suffering - Juimmy Cliff.mp3
09 Herbsman - King Stitt.mp3
10 Barbwire - Nora Dean.mp3
11 Stay A Little Bit Longer - Delano Stewart.mp3
12 Queen Of The World - Lloyd & Claudette.mp3


Vol4
https://www.discogs.com/Various-Tighten-Up-Volume-4/release/3475985
01 Blood And Fire - Niney.mp3
02 Johnny Too Bad - The Slickers.mp3
03 The Selah - The Ethiopians.mp3
04 One Eye Enos - The Maytals.mp3
05 Hard Life - Merlene Webber.mp3
06 I Shall Sing - Jean & The Gaytones.mp3
07 Grooving Out On Life - Hopeton Lewis.mp3
08 Starvation - The Pioneers.mp3
09 Bush Doctor - The Music Doctors.mp3
10 Good Ambition - The Ethiopians.mp3
11 I Got It - The Lowbites.mp3
12 Stand By Your Man - Merlene Webber.mp3

zero hat gesagt…

Thanks for the tracklist, Cri!

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