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Ranking Trevor

Ranking Trevor has been largely ignored by the archivists, a peculiar oversight, as the DJ was a major force in the sound systems on both sides of the Atlantic during the roots age. Most of his recordings remain infuriatingly out of print, and his singles and albums, now with hefty price tags attached, are much sought after by collectors. Born Trevor Grant in Jamaica on January 20, 1960, the toaster to be fell under U-Roy's spell in childhood. He never completely shook the Originator's influence, but no matter, for Ranking Trevor had an equally sharp sense of timing and relaxed delivery that never went out of fashion in this period. Eager for success, Grant was barely into his teens when he began professionally DJing, honing his skills at the Socialist Roots Sound System. He was all of 15 when Jo Jo Hookim took him into the studio for the first time, where he cut 1975's "Natty a Roots Man." Over the next few years Trevor recorded a steady stream of singles for Hookim, all backed by the Revolutionaries, with his popularity increasing proportionally.

By 1977, the teen star was shaking up the British reggae chart as well, with "Cave Man Skank," "Three Piece Chicken & Chips" (a humorous riposte to Trinity's "Three Piece Suit"), and "Anti-Lulu" all hitting the Top Ten. "Pure & Clean" and "Rub a Dub Style" followed them up the chart in 1978. By then, the DJ had signed a deal with Virgin's Frontline imprint, the resulting In Fine Style album, which arrived that same year, proving wildly popular. Beyond hits like "Rub a Dub Style" and "Masculine Gender," it also included splendid versions of "Satta Massa Ganna" and "Queen Majesty." Meanwhile, back in Jamaica, Hookim also unleashed the Three Piece Chicken & Chips split set, which set Trevor head to head with Trinity himself. The former won that round, as Hookim stuffed it with Trevor's latest hits -- the title track, "Lulu," "Love Yu Sister," and, best of all, "Answer Me Question," a retort to Lone Ranger's "Question."

In 1979, Trevor linked up with singing producer Linval Thompson, resulting in the following year's Repatriation Time, a set again recorded at Channel One and backed by the Revolutionaries. The following year, Prince Jammy remixed a clutch of Thompson, Wayne Jarrett, and Trevor recordings for the simmering Train to Zion Dub set. For Repatriation, Trevor took on a new moniker, Ranking Superstar, which explains why producer Sugar Minott titled the DJ's excellent next set Presenting Ranking Trevor. Both Minott and Thompson were featured alongside the DJ on the Roots of All Roots set released by Micron later in the decade.

Although Ranking Trevor's albums were fine showcases, some of his best work is found on 12" singles, with his versions paired with the vocal cuts. One of the first was "Trod On," a combo with Culture; he was paired to equal effect with Pat Kelly, the Mighty Three, Wayne Wade, Barrington Levy, Al Campbell, and -- most memorably -- the Wailing Souls. Greensleeves inaugurated their 12" vinyl reissue series with Trevor and the Souls' 1978 "War"/"Jah Give Us Life" single. However, one of the toaster's biggest sellers was "Jamaican Rockers Hop," a combo with fellow DJ Nicodemus. Trevor's successful appearance at the Brixton Ace in 1983 prompted his relocation to London, and his career suffered accordingly. Little emerged in the aftermath, although in recent years the DJ again began making live appearances. He has also been working to regain rights to his back catalog, with a view toward reissuing it all on vinyl. ~ Jo-Ann Greene
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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: Niney The Observer: Roots With Quality

Disc 1

1. Blood & Fire

2. Whole Lot Of Fire

5. Rascal Man (False Rasta)

6. Rasta No Born Yah

7. Guess Who's Coming To Dinner/Clap The Barber

8. Way To Reason

9. Bring The Couchie Come

10. I Need Your Loving

11. Rock On

12. Silver Words

13. My Baby Is Gone

14. Here I Come

15. Jah Come Here

16. Warrior

18. Every Natty

19. Weeping

20. Sufferation

Disc 2

1. Wolf & Leopards/Nosey Joe

2. Slave Master/Captives

3. Chant It Down

4. Jah Is My Light

5. No More Will I Roam [Extended]

6. Materialist

8. Prophecy Call

10. I Jah I

11. Slave Call

12. Temptation, Botheration & Tribulation

14. Tease My Love

15. Lover's Race

16. Mr. Sun

17. Thank You Mama

18. Lover's Rock J.A. Style

19. Sweets For My Sweet

20. Money Friend

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Track List: Dancehall Legend

2. Dis A De Melody

3. DJs Nowadays

4. Labor Ward

5. Model With Me

6. School Days

7. Some People Don't Remember God

8. Dem Cold

9. She Hold On

10. Dub An Lef

11. Throw Down Yu Arms

12. Jamaica A Fi We Country

13. African Descendant

14. Fern Gully Skanking

15. Plan Up Yu Vineyard

16. Cleanliness

18. Respect JR Ranking Trevor

19. Respect JR Lone Ranger

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Track List: Henry Junjo Lawes: Volcano Eruption

Disc 1

1. Worries In The Dance

2. Prison Oval Rock

3. I Am The Don

4. Gunman

5. Police In Helicopter

7. Give Another Israel A Try

8. Chip In

9. Lover's Affair

10. Jacqueline

11. Ice Cream Love

12. 21 Girls Salute

13. Fire House Rock

14. Come Fi Mash It

15. Dancehall Style

16. Pass The Tu Sheng Peng

17. Love I Can Feel

18. Lost My Sonia

19. Look How Me Sexy

20. Last Dance

Disc 2

1. Flash It Inna E

2. Boneman Connection

3. Nobody Move Nobody Get Hurt

4. Woola Woope

6. Anarexol

7. Two Bad DJ

8. Fisherman Style

9. Bam Salute

11. Some A Halla

12. Wa Do Dem

13. Another One Bites The Dust

14. Diseases

15. Spar With Me

16. Bobo Dread

17. Zungguzungguguzungguzeng

18. Wicked She Wicked

19. Dance Pon The Corner

20. How The West Was Won

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My sons Grandfather Ranking Trevor!!! Big Up Foundation artist..

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