Record Store Day 2015
Cast your mind back to the heady days of 2015. Donald Trump was that guy off The Apprentice and in the UK we spent every day hugging our European neighbours, BREXIT was a bizarre place that only those out with the fairies lived. 2015 was also the year of the 8th Record Store Day and this feature will take you back to that event.
Cherry Red Records
Prompted by a simple tweet by re-release gurus Cherry Red Records, linking their webpage of unsold Record Store Day stock, I noticed a gem and a bargain gem at that. This list from past Record Store Days includes some real must have albums, like the massively influential C86 (one for you indie heads), Close to the Noise Floor (for you UK electronica fans). But for reggae fans, nestled amongst the rock and indie was this Barry Brown 7” box set on the Hot Milk label. I must confess this had caught my eye back then, but as it was over £40 it was a little expensive for my wallet. Record Store Day is like a big person’s sweet shop, but you have to have big pocket money to match!
The box contains seven 7” singles from Barry Brown, all produced by Linval Thompson. It’s a mixture of singles and versions recorded in 1979. As well as an albums worth of material from 1981-1982, that was shelved at the time due to a perceived over-saturation of Barry Brown material doing the rounds.
Highlight for me is the serious ‘Free Dreadlocks’, it is a good representation of what is on offer in the box. Conscious roots reggae backed by the heavy driving early 80s Roots Radics sound, coupled with Thompson’s raw production. This is front line stuff, all rebellion and protest, have a listen below and you will see what I mean.
Some of you may well have picked this up at the time, and maybe purchased the CD version. But if the box sounds at all tempting, it is still available from the Cherry Red Records website at the very reasonable price of £24.99 (that’s a shade over £3.50 per record folks). It’s a good set to my ears and highly recommended but I guess stocks won’t be there for long.
Let me know in the comments what you think of this release and Record Store Day in general. A little sneaky social media share would also be appreciated.
Bless, Paper Lion
PLEASE OFFICER – PLEASE OFFICER – VERSION
KETCH A FIRE – CAN’T STOP NATTY DREAD
IT ROUGH MY BROTHER – MOUNT ZION
FREE DREADLOCKS – DON’T MESS WITH NATTY DREAD
YOU DON’T KNOW WHO TO TRUST – YOU DON’T KNOW WHO TO TRUST- VERSION
LOVE JAH SO – LOVE JAH SO – VERSION
LIFE IS SO FUNNY – LOVE IS PURE