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deadmanwalking23 - 18 Feb 2021 16:46:54 (#1 of 17)

darkhorse - 18 Feb 2021 16:49:25 (#2 of 17)

I think I have something by U-Roy on a Blood and Fire (Mick Hucknall backed label) compilation.

But I admit I couldn't pick him out of a lineup of reggae toasters.

RIP, anyways.

dreams99 - 18 Feb 2021 16:56:14 (#3 of 17)

It was only 5 minutes ago that I saw the term 'reggae toaster' for the first time. If someone had asked me to name my favourite reggae toaster, I'd have said a De Longhi 4 slice.

Arjuna - 19 Feb 2021 08:25:09 (#4 of 17)

In Jamaican sound systems, they were known as DJs and the person changing the records was the selector. U-Roy worked on King Tubby's Sound System. DJ's had been toasting over records for a while but King Tubby started producing dub plates, with no or few vocals on so selectors could play them and U-Roy and other DJs could fully exhibit their vocal talents. Popular versions were then made into records, the best known example would be Uptown Top Ranking by Althea and Donna.

The history of this is complex. Alton Ellis released a song in 1967 called "I'm Still in Love". Marcia Aitken used the same music to make "I'm Still in Love With You Boy", then Trinity made "Three Piece Suit" and then Althea and Donna made "Uptown Top Ranking", which was "answer record" - it used exactly the same instrumental track, with the lyrics continuing the theme, something else that had been popularized in sound systems.

Dub then became a genre in its own right as King Tubby and other producers started creating ever more experimental sounds notably King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown and similarly titled releases.

angelico - 23 Feb 2021 11:02:58 (#5 of 17)

U-roy was adept at scat-singing. Melodic, fascinating toasting.

There was a decent R4 piece on King Tubby recently.

Tinymcsmithy - 23 Feb 2021 11:11:30 (#6 of 17)

it used exactly the same instrumental track

Ah, I never knew that.

I’ve got a fair bit of stuff that has U-Roy on it, although I’d have to make a point of finding out exactly what. Plenty of King Tubby and others.

Wasn’t there an I-Roy as well?

FrankieTeardrop - 23 Feb 2021 12:02:05 (#7 of 17)

If someone had asked me to name my favourite reggae toaster, I'd have said a De Longhi 4 slice.

What is reggae about it?

angelico - 23 Feb 2021 12:44:32 (#8 of 17)

I came across this, on the Nice & Easy Riddim - three superb vocalists/DJs.

deadmanwalking23 - 23 Feb 2021 17:46:21 (#9 of 17)

Wasn’t there an I-Roy as well?


HouseOfLametta - 23 Feb 2021 17:48:49 (#10 of 17)

Was he on Apple?

deadmanwalking23 - 23 Feb 2021 17:49:07 (#11 of 17)

ha ha

cozzer - 23 Feb 2021 17:49:38 (#12 of 17)

Was I-Roy irie?

HouseOfLametta - 23 Feb 2021 17:56:13 (#13 of 17)

I've just been enjoying Three Piece Suit and Thing by Trinity. It's great.

For some reason the version of Uptown Top Rankin I carry about in my head is the horrific TOTP one with the incredibly white BBC band playing backing.

"I say Gerald, we have to tidy this beat up a bit, it's all over the place"

1MELSM - 02 Mar 2021 17:09:40 (#14 of 17)

Bunny Wailer has died.

Tinymcsmithy - 02 Mar 2021 17:14:33 (#15 of 17)

Fuck. Needs it’s own thread surely?

1MELSM - 02 Mar 2021 17:24:42 (#16 of 17)

I don't know the conventions of the Music folder so just added my comment to what looked like the most appropriate thread. Don't let me stop you setting up a thread.

Tinymcsmithy - 02 Mar 2021 17:30:18 (#17 of 17)

We have conventions?

Sure I’ll set one up.

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