When Nkrumah Jah Thomas hit Number 1 on the Jamaican Charts in 1976 with his debut single ‘Midnight Rock’ on Alvin Ranglin’s GG label it gave the new DJ a theme song and an entry into the world of music. Within three years he had launched his Midnight Rock label and, alongside more music under his own name, he produced a series of classics by the likes of Tristan Palmer, Anthony Johnson, Early B and many more.
In 1997 he signed a deal with Acid Jazz’s Roots label and since then his career as a producer has been developed and anthologised; the release of a series of archive King Tubby and Scientist mixes, the use of his masters to be sampled by Nas (on ‘The Don’), Protoje and others, plus reissues of his classic albums.
To celebrate 40 years of Midnight Rock, Thomas went back into his tape archive to unearth another 10 tracks, either with original vocals or guest names brought in.
Behind original rhythms recorded at Channel 1, Tuff Gong and others, featuring the Roots Radics and The Midnight Rock Band and mixed in places like King Jammy’s and Tubby’s we are presented with a line-up of stellar talent - Linval Thompson with the plaintive ‘I Can Be Your Man’, the forthright Super Cat on ‘Me Glad She Gone’ and Luciano on the rare ‘Good Thing Goin’ On’. They are joined by Courtney Melody, Pinchers and Joesy Wales, Daville and more. Keeping the circle complete, Thomas appears on two tracks, including the future classic ‘Sounds A Go Dead Tonight’ with Junior Vibes.
I Can Be Your Man - Linval Thompson
Good Thing Goin’ On - Luciano
Hey Sexy Lady - Courtney Melody
I Love To Smoke - Gryphan
Sounds A Go Dead Tonight - Jah Thomas & Junior Vibes
All A The Gal Them - Pinchers & Jose Wale
Me Glad She Gone - Super Cat
Drunk and Stage - Jah Thomas
Since I Laid Eyes On You - Daville
Love Songs Are Back Again (Adopted Song) - Tony Curtis, Ghost & Mitch