Clancy Eccles

 

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.

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Clancy Eccles

Clancy Eccles, 64, a pioneer Jamaican reggae singer and producer, died Thursday at a hospital in Spanish Town, outside the capital of Kingston. He had recently suffered a stroke. Eccles started his career as a singer in the 1950s and rose to prominence with the 1961 hit song "River Jordan." In 1967, he turned to music production and went on to have may hits including"Kingston Town," by Trinidadian singer Lloyd Creator,. 'Fattie Fattie' from himself was another massive hit. He produced many other hit records in the 1970s. Eccles actively supported the campaign of Michael Manley in Jamaica's 1972 elections, organizing a bandwagon with reggae stars that went around the island on the candidate's behalf. He went on to work with Third World producing the bands first recording of 'Don't Cry On The Railway Track' Sincere condolences are sent by Small Axe to his and family and friendsV/A (Clancy Eccles) - Jamaica Reggae (1968 - 72) - Clandisc. Yet another example of the diversity and creativity of that era or era's known as the Reggae/Roots era's.This album produced by Clancy Eccles shows that he was in the thick of it. Included here are two of the finest examples of early deejaying 'Fire Corner' & 'Virgorton 2' both from King Stitt. Singing & Songwriter at it's very best comes from Lord Creator in the form of the truly wonderful 'Kingston Town' and 'Passing Through', and Monty Morris's 'Say What You're Saying' & 'Tears In Your Eyes'.

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'.