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Prince Jazzbo

b. Linval Carter, 3 September 1951, Jamaica, West Indies. Prince Jazzbo is one of the survivors of reggae music. While he has never been as important as other 70s DJs such as U-Roy or Big Youth, it is Jazzbo who retains a charismatic personal style and a reasonably healthy following through his label, Ujama, for which he produces and occasionally records. Like many others, Jazzbo first recorded for Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One label in the early 70s. Legend has it that Jazzbo had come to Kingston from the countryside and was initially passed over by Dodd, who expected little from the skinny youth. However, Jazzbo eventually pestered his way into the studio and took the microphone. Dodd ran a backing track at random - Horace Andy’s ‘Skylarking’ - and Jazzbo delivered on the first take what was to become a monster hit, ‘Crabwalking’. For the next 18 months, Jazzbo remained with Dodd, cutting a string of flawless roots records: ‘Crime Don’t Pay’, ‘Pepper Rock’, ‘School’ and ‘Imperial I’. However, the promised album with Dodd failed to materialize, so Jazzbo, disillusioned, began to record for other producers, including Glen Brown and Bunny Lee. A liaison with Lee Perry on ‘Penny Reel’, originally intended as a one-off single, eventually produced the superb 1976 album Natty Passing Thru, aka Ital Corner, for which he was paid a mere 1, 000 Jamaican dollars (about £100 at the time). Other albums from this time include Kick Boy Face andStep Forward Youth, the latter shared with I. Roy.

By 1977 Jazzbo had launched Ujama, recording as a singer for the label, under the name Johnny Cool. Neither his alter ego nor his label was commercially successful. Jazzbo reached the start of the 80s, and the impending dancehall boom, in much the same state as his fellow DJ pioneers I. Roy, U-Roy and Big Youth: he had talent but reggae’s styles were changing fast. Jazzbo decided that Ujama had to become a viable operation, and from around 1983 onwards, it has been just that - even if his idiosyncratic production style and somewhat off-the-wall ideas have held it back in the larger marketplace. Besides offering a shelter for older DJs such as U-Roy and I. Roy, Ujama specializes in finding the sorts of reggae acts other producers overlook, including Zebra, Manchez and Horace Ferguson. None of them have reached the status of Jazzbo’s most famous ally, Frankie Paul, but this is wholly in keeping with Ujama’s symbol of a donkey, because, as Jazzbo frequently tells people, ‘a donkey may not arrive quickly, but it was good enough to carry Jesus and will not suffer a mechanical breakdown on the way’. The cheaply produced sleeves of his albums nearly always feature a cartoon donkey carrying Jazzbo or taking part in a horse race. While Jazzbo is unlikely ever to achieve great international success, his career received an unexpected boost in 1991 when Studio One finally released his album Choice Of Version, some 18 years late, to ecstatic reviews and considerable excitement. If it had been issued in 1973, Jazzbo might have been in a far stronger position today.
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Dub Club Presents Foundation Come Again

1. Paper And Pen

2. Hard Time

3. Revolution

5. Wicked Dem Drop

6. Every Herbs Man Is A Star

7. Around The World

13. Chant Down Babylon

14. Ride Riddim

15. Hear Me Now Star

17. Black Shadow

18. Selassie I Rule

19. Healing Of The Nation

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Track List: Madlib - Time Out Presents The Other Side, Los Angeles

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Track List: I Am The Upsetter (Box)

Disc 1

7. Return Of Django

8. Check Him Out

9. Prisoner Of Love

10. Return Of The Ugly

11. Rightful Ruler

13. Medical Operation

17. Duppy Conqueror

18. Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying

20. Place Called Africa

21. Give Me Power

23. Beat Down Babylon

25. Small Axe Version 2 (Aka Shocks '71)

Disc 2

1. Public Enemy Number One

2. Professor Ironside

3. Hot & Cold

5. Preacher Man

10. Black Ipa

11. Jungle Lion

12. Bathroom Skank

13. Words

14. Dub Organiser

15. Better Days

16. Station Underground News

17. Rebels Train

18. To Be A Lover

19. Herb Vendor

21. Curly Locks

23. Woman & Money

Disc 3

1. Bury The Razor

2. Woman Gotta Have Love

4. Fire Fe The Vatican

5. Roots Train Number One

6. Ital Corner

7. Thanks & Praise

9. I Was Appointed

10. Groovy Situation

12. Know Love

13. Sons Of Slaves

Disc 4

4. Black Panta

9. Fungea

12. Kingdom Of Dub

13. Dubism

14. Lizard Stick

15. Dub Fu Ye Rights

16. Foundation Solid

18. Vampire

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Track List: If Deejay Was Your Trade. The Dreads At King Tubby's 1974-1977

1. In The Ghetto

2. War And Friction

3. Tradition Skank

4. Jah Is I Guiding Star

5. Set Up Yourself Dreadlocks

6. Chant To Jah

7. Mash It Up

8. The Barber Feel It

9. Bury The Barber

10. Black Harmony Killer

11. Greedy Girl

12. Regular Girl

13. Daylight Saving Time

14. Gal Boy I Roy

15. Good Memories

16. Shuffle And Deal

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Track List: Studio One Ironsides: Original Classic Recordings 1963-1979

1. Mother And Child

2. Mark My Word

3. I Man A Rasta

4. Natty Ting A Ling

5. Danger In Your Eyes

6. Reggae Version

7. Nanny's Corner

8. Rasta Don't Stop No One

9. Three Mile Skank

10. Another Night

11. Come Now Sister

14. Can I Change My Mind

16. Bongo Red

17. Jamrec Dub

18. I'm Still Waiting

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Track List: Glen Brown & Friends Rhythm Master, Volume One

1. Dirty Harry

5. Tel Aviv Drums

6. The Winner

7. Sunshine Showdown

9. Mr. Harry Skank

13. Take A Step

14. One One Cocoa

15. Crisp As A Ball

16. Save Our Nation

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Track List: High Explosion: DJ Sounds From 1970 To 1976

Disc 1

1. Rule The Nation

3. Whisky Chest

5. Draw Your Brakes

6. Cool Breeze

7. Headquarters

8. Way Down South

9. Hi Jacking

10. Screaming Target

11. It Must Come

12. Deliver Us

14. Salvation Train

17. African Descendent

18. President Mash Up The Resident

19. High Explosion

20. Only The Strong Survive

21. Wear You To The Ball

22. Red Nuts And Gin

23. Daughter Whole Lotta Sugar Down Deh!

24. This A Butter

Disc 2

1. Hot Bomb

2. Number One Station

3. Treasure Isle Skank

4. Ontarius Version

5. My Little Filly

6. Glitter Not Gold

8. Children Children

11. Skin Him Alive

12. Shades Of Hudson

13. Riding Melody

14. Festival Wise

15. Yamaha Skank

16. For Our Desire

17. Jack Of My Trade

18. Clean Race

20. Mr Harry Skank

21. Deck Of Cards

22. Give Me Power (Version 2)

23. Behold

24. Peace

25. Unbelievable Sound

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Track List: Rasta No Deal Wid Dat

1. Have Faith

2. Rasta No Deal Wid Dat

3. The Hustle

4. He Never Knew

5. Them A Wolf

6. Tenement Yard

7. World Without End

10. Coming Or Going

12. Freedom Street

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Track List: Rhythm Master Volume Two

2. Do Your Thing

3. Pantomine Rock

4. Brother Toby Is A Movie From London

6. Sgt. Crackers

8. I'm Your Puppet

10. High Holborn St. Song

11. Meaning Of One

12. School Call

13. Really Got A Hold On Me

14. Brand New Me

15. Get Together

16. Spider To The Fly

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Track List: Stricly Rockers In A Dread Land

1. Natty Dread Travel On Mini Bus

2. Let Love Shine Along The Way

4. Marcus Garvey Words

5. A Way You Come From

6. Strictly Rockers

7. Proficy A Fulfill

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Ole school..
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MOZT OF THEM CAME OUT OF LEE SCRATCH PERRY STUDIOZ
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HEY THEZE WERE THE 1 ST BROTHERZ. 2 PUT REGGAE DUB MUZIK ON THE MAP.WITH THE GANJA SMOKE YA DIGGG WHAT IA'M SAY'N

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