Monday, July 21, 2014

Toyan's How The West Was Won - In The Mix - re-upload

Again, for those that missed it back then here's another re-upload (next to my Purpleman mix) of one of my foundation mixes from 7 years ago (2007) based around a great deejay album from the golden rub-a-dub days. The album in question is ***How The West Was Won*** by (Ranking) Toyan, released in 1981 on the great Greensleeves label. It's a Henry 'Junjo' Lawes production with Soljie Hamilton & Scientist at the controls. Add to that the fabulous Roots Radics for the riddims and you have all ingredients for a wicked album from start to finish. Toyan is one of my favourite deejays of those days and this album is one of the reasons why. What I love especially is the use of riddims from a whole heap of other killer tunes from the era by artists like the Wailing Souls, Michael Prophet, Johnny Osbourne, Barry Brown and Hugh Mundell. For this mix I selected the vocal companions to the tracks Toyan is toasting over on How The West Was Won and mixed them together in album order. No dub-sides were added in this mix, just the vocal and Toyan's deejay version. I have slightly updated the 2007 version on transitions and volume, but it's mostly unchanged. As with all my mixes, no full tunes are used, shorter pieces mixed together, resulting in a lifely mix of 28 minutes of early dancehall niceness. Most, if not all, of these tracks have been repressed on their albums or as singles in recent years, so if you like what you hear, the vinyl shouldn't be too hard to get hold of! All from the incredible Greensleeves catalogue. As always, I've added the source of each track below the tracklist. Go get 'm, nothing beats putting the needle on a nice shiny piece of black vinyl to listen to these tunes. Perfect vibe for these summer months, check it out if you haven't already and enjoy!

1a. Michael Prophet - Gunman  (2)
1b. Toyan - How The West Was Won  (1) 
2a. Hugh Mundell - Jacqueline  (3)
2b. Toyan African Ting  (1)
3a. Wailing Souls - Fire House Rock  (4)
3b. Toyan - Big Showdown  (1)
4a. Johnny Osbourne - Baccara  (5)
4b. Toyan - Toyan On The Go  (1)
5a. Michael Prophet - Never Leave Me Lonely  (2)
5b. Toyan - Lover Man Style  (1)
6a. Johnny Osbourne - Ice Cream Love  (6)
6b. Toyan - Children Children  (1)
7a. Wailing Souls - Bandits Taking Over  (4)
7b. Toyan - Capital Offence  (1)
8a. Wailing Souls - Act Of Affection  (4)
8b. Toyan - Pope In A Di Corner  (1)
9a. Barry Brown - Sweet Sixteen  (7)
9b. Toyan - Tribute To Entertainer  (1)
10a. Wailing Souls - A Fool Will Fall  (4)
10b. Toyan - Reggae Gone International  (1)

Source of tunes (albums, unless stated otherwise):
(1) Toyan - How The West Was Won (Greensleeves)
(2) Michael Prophet - Gunman (Greensleeves)
(3) Hugh Mundell - Mundell (Greensleeves)
(4) Wailing Souls - Fire House Rock (Greensleeves)
(5) Johnny Osbourne - Never Stop Fighting (Greensleeves)
(6) Johnny Osbourne - Fally Lover (Greensleeves)
(7) Barry Brown - Sweet Sixteen (Greensleeves 12" single)

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Purpleman & Friends A Go Nice Up The Area - re-upload

Since it takes me more and more time to bring new mixes these days and I've had several requests for re-uploads of some of my older ones, I figured lets start with that. First one is a mix I did 5 years ago (2009) and one I'm still very pleased with! It's focussing on the works of none other than Purpleman! Purpleman recently joined Facebook and is doing good by the looks of it, find him there. This mix was/is called Purpleman A Go Nice Up The Area with Purpleman alongside singers like Don Carlos and Barry Brown on the same riddims. I've slightly updated the mix on some transitions and effects volume (lowered) and for this occassion added two additional tracks that were not in the original 2009 edition since I got the Purpleman 45 in question after making the mix at the time: Level Vibes Pumping. So worth checking even if you already heard the 2009 edition. Original artwork above and adapted write up from 2009 and updated track- and sourcelist as follows:
Purpleman is sometimes confused with Yellowman due to their looks, but also because Purpleman even released an album under the name Yellowman (Confessions, Vista, 1983). He also recorded under the name Peter Yellow, but that period isn't covered here cause I don't own those records myself. Wicked deejay, clearly different from Yellowman (which makes it easy to hear that that Confessions album certainly isn't thé Yellowman) and had most of his recordings in the early 80s. I don't own many singles by Purpleman, but I do however have a few albums by him, which are the main source for the tracks here (see credits below). His discography isn't very big, but overall quality very good. It was fun finding out how many tunes he toasts on that were voiced by Don Carlos! Already 7 in this mix alone! Also a couple of Barry Brown tunes appear, from Hitbound releases - the Show Down series. Wicked music, hope you'll enjoy and if you don't know the man I hope that you'll hear and get to know him through this mix and start appreciate the works of the one PURPLEMAN as much as I do!

Purpleman A Go Nice Up The Area - A BMC Mix
(Number in brackets refers to source listed below the tracklist)

1) Purpleman - Get Ready (1)
2) Don Carlos - Praise Jah With Love & Affection (2)
3) Purpleman - Me A Go Nice Up The Area (3)
4) Purpleman - Jah My Guiding Master (4)
5) Barry Brown - Dance And Sing (5)
6) Purpleman - My Girl Friend (6)
7) Don Carlos - Just Groove With Me (2)
8) Purpleman & Papa Tollo - The Chemist And Apprentice (3)
9) King Tubby - Wiseman Dub Stylee (7)
10) Mother Liza - Joy To Your Soul  (8)
11) Sister Candy - Devon (9)
12) Purpleman - Paulette (4)
13) Barry Brown - Come We Dub Tonight (5)
14) Purpleman - Get Me Mad (10)
15) Version (10)
16) Purpleman - No Luck In Trafficating (4)
17) Don Carlos - My Brethren Party (2)
18) Purpleman - Coming On Strong (11)
19) Purpleman - A Murder We Charge For (6)
20) Purpleman - Can't Tell Mi Bossman (4)
21) Don Carlos - Ababa John I (2)
22) Purpleman - Sandra Lee Buy Big House For Me (11)
23) Mother Liza - Love Plan On Now A Days Man (8)
24) King Tubby - Real Dub Stylee (7)
25) Don Carlos - Booming Ball (2)
26) Purpleman - Trod Along (11)
27) Purpleman - Westmoreland Skank (1)
28) Purpleman - Session Inna Westmoreland (4)
29) Barry Brown - My Woman (5)
30) Purpleman - Every Man Do A Thing (6)
31) Don Carlos - Spread Out (2)
32) Purpleman - Purpleman A Go Boom It Up (3)
33) Purpleman - Feeling Irie (1)
34) Don Carlos - Late Night Blues (12)
35) Version (12)
36) Purpleman - King On The Way (11)
37) Purpleman - Fiscal Fitness (4)
38) Purpleman - Nothing Is Impossible (11)
39) Purpleman - Out Of Hand (1)
40) Johnny Osbourne - Water Pumping (13)
41) Purpleman - Level Vibes Pumping (14)
42) Prince Jammys - Version (14)
43) Purpleman - Thirteen Women To A Man (6)

(1) The Yellow The Purple and The Nancy (Greensleeves LP) 

(2) Don Carlos - Spread Out (Burning Sounds LP) 
(3) Sly & Robbie + The Taxi Gang v Purpleman & Friends (Vista LP) 
(4) Yellowman - Confessions (Vista LP, miscredited to Yellowman) 
(5) Barry Brown & Little John - Showdown Vol. 1 
(6) Yellowman & Purpleman - Showdown Vol. 5 (Hitbound LP) 
(7) King Tubby - King Tubby The Dubmaster With The Waterhouse Posse (Vista LP)
(8) Mother Liza with Kojak - Chant Down Babylon (Gorgon LP - CD-R)
(9) Sister Candy - Black Culture (Vista LP)
(10) Purpleman - Get Me Mad (Hitbound 7")
(11) Purpleman Saves Pappa Tollo in a Dancehall Style (Vista LP)
(12) V. A. - Haul & Pull Up Selekta (Trojan CD)
(13) Johnny Osbourne - Water Pumping (Jammy$ 7")
(14) Purpleman - Level Vibes Pumping (Jammy$ 7")

Mix and artwork by BMC
First release 2009 - New updated release with two extra tracks 2014

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