King Tubby - Sound System International Dub - Pressure Sounds.
When you first start listening to something like dub - you start to think I wonder what would have happened if Tubby had dubbed Ska or Rock Steady or Reggae. With Rock Steady you get a little idea of what it would have sounded like with Treasure Dub and Pleasure Dub. But that wasn't Tubby - but it was still great. Then you find out that King Tubby did indeed mix a reggae dub album. Produced by the late great Clancy Eccles. The only problem is that no one had heard of it - all there were was a few tracks featured on a Jamaican Gold release. But Dr Buster planted a seed. Enter the Deadly Dragons a NYC based reggae store. When they put this album up on ebay it was like what! They could have just sold it - and forgot about it - but instead they made a few copies due to people really wanting to hear it. It was the reggae vibe at it best - and give thanks for that. Next up were Pressure Sounds - they could have bypassed this set but Noel Hawks knew how important this set is. This album is reggae history. Another piece of the mighty jigsaw that Jamaican music is. Its draws on ideas that engineers like Andy Capp were working on back in 1969. And that track 'Phantom' is here.With the King Tubby mix right next to it. King Stitt is here as well - he played his part Clancy Eccles - made sure of that. All we need now is the long lost Keith Walker DJ album produced by Prince Buster!!! HaHa only joking.
V/A (Clancy Eccles) - Jamaica Reggae (1968 - 72) - Clandisc. Having collected some of his big hits, Clancy now gives us some of his lesser known productions, which if they weren't hits are now certainly classics. How else could Alton Ellis's 'Feeling Inside' be described - one of Alton's best tunes. In the same style is The Silvertones 'Teardrops' who are one of the music's greatest vocal groups - but who still remain virtually unknown to a wider audience. Half of this album is instrumental and here the best track comes from Charlie Organier.
Clancy Eccles & Friends - Fatty Fatty - Trojan - 1988
Clancy Eccles fits into a group of early producers who were not studio owners - who were popular, but who never gained the kind of following that say someone like Perry as enjoyed over the years. Or the massive success that Striker Lee had. The reason for this is Clancy's very abrupt exit from the business around 75/76. This great collection brings together some of his biggest hits 'Fatty Fatty' by Clancy, 'Holly Holy form the Fabulous Flames. together with gems like Joe Higgs's 'Mademoisselle'.