Dreader Dread 1976-1978

Dreader Dread 1976-1978

by Johnny Clarke


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Although he was enormously popular in Jamaica during the 1970s, Johnny Clarke is now known primarily among reggae aficionados. This is unfortunate, since his sweet, crooning style is at least as winning as that of other, more commercially successful reggae singers -- Dennis Brown, for example, or Sugar Minott. His relative obscurity notwithstanding, there are quite a few good compilations of Johnny Clarke singles available, and if this one isn't the best there is, it's still very good. It includes a fine version of Peter Tosh's "Top Ranking," one that doesn't pack quite the same snide wallop as Tosh's, but which improves on Tosh's generally mediocre singing. "Live Up Jah Man" and "African Roots" are excellent examples of the "conscious" subject matter that Clarke has always favored, and "Roots Natty" remains one of Clarke's finest performances. Several of the tracks on this album duplicate those on Front Line's Authorised Rockers compilation, but the extended mixes and other rarities save it from superfluity. You'll never find Authorised Rockers on CD, anyway.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/03/1998
Label: Blood & Fire Records
UPC: 0783564002429
catalogNumber: 640024

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Clarke   Primary Artist
Ansel Collins   Organ,Piano
Aston Barrett   Guitar
Winston Bowen   Guitar
Tony Chin   Guitar
Santa Davis   Drums
Sly Dunbar   Bongos,Drums
Bobby Ellis   Trumpet
Vin Gordon   Trombone
Bernard Touter Harvey   Organ,Piano
Earl Lindo   Piano
Willie Lindo   Guitar
Tommy McCook   Tenor Saxophone
Jackie Mittoo   Piano
Dwight Pinkney   Guitar
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass
Noel "Scully" Simms   Percussion,Shaker
Earl "Chinna" Smith   Guitar
Winston Wright   Organ
Clive Chin   Voices
Stanley "Barnabas" Bryan   Drums

Technical Credits

Johnny Clarke   Producer
Prince Jammy   Engineer
Bunny Lee   Producer
Steve Barrow   Liner Notes
Clive Chin   Engineer

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