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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