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Different Fashion: The High Note Dancehall Collection


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By the time the strident sound of original dancehall came to dominate the Jamaican music scene at the close of the Seventies, Sonia Pottinger had long been established as one of the island’s most influential figures. Since first making her mark as a producer of note in the mid-Sixties, she had remained at the forefront of the fiercely competitive industry, effortlessly adapting to changing musical styles.

Her ability to keep her finger firmly on the musical pulse is impressively reflected with this set, which gathers the very best of her output during the golden age of dancehall. Included on this essential collection are popular works by some of Jamaica’s finest talents of the era, with the island’s top sessions crews, the Revolutionaries and the Roots Radics the chief musical accompanists.

Yet despite the high quality of all of the recordings, every recording on this compilation appears on CD for the very first time, with 11 of the 33 tracks previously unreleased!

Tracklist

DISC ONE
1. STORMY WEATHER (12” MIX) –
Bobby Ellis & The Revolutionaries *
2. RAT IN THE CENTRE – Archie & Lyn
3. TAN TUDY – Errol Scorcher
4. COME NURSE – Jah Thomas
5. ROAD BLOCK – Carl & Gibby
6. PHANTOM IN THE JUNGLE – Papa Ritchie
7. TOMMY – Ranchie McLean
8. ROACH IN THE CORNER (12” MIX) – Errol Scorcher
9. BIM – Ansel Collins
10. GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT – Ernest Wilson
11. MR LANDLORD (12” MIX) – Michael Palmer
12. ROAD CODE – Jah Thomas *
13. ROUND THE WORLD (12” MIX) – Tony Tuff *
14. ANNIE PALMER (12” MIX) – Papa Ritchie *
15. WATER BUMPEE – Errol Scorcher
16. TALK LOVE (12” ALT. MIX) – Sonya Spence *

DISC TWO
1. SHANK I SHECK/SHINE EYE GAL (12” MIX) –
Bobby Ellis & Ranking Joe *
2. SOUNDS OF HON. MARLEY – Errol Scorcher
3. DIFFERENT FASHION – Lee Van Cleef
4. FINANCIAL PROBLEM – Zara
5. OPPRESSER – Tony Tuff
6. WHOLE LOT OF LOVING – The Enchanters
7. A LITTLE BIT OF LOVE – Jah Thomas
8. RUCUMBINE GIRL (12” MIX) – Errol Scorcher *
9. DON’T EVER LEAVE (12”) – Marcia Griffiths *
10. FREE BASE – Gladstone Anderson & The Star Band
11. WESTMORELAND FLOOD – Papa Ritchie
12. LET’S UNITE (12” MIX) – Delroy Wilson *
13. PEACE TRUCE – Errol Scorcher
14. LITTLE MISS MARY (12” MIX) – Tony Tuff *
15. GENERAL – Ranking Joe
16. IT’S MY HOUSE (12” MIX) – Lorna Bennett
17. TELL ME THE TRUTH (12” MIX) – Jah Thomas *

* Previously unreleased