Playlist : Love Is The Drug 80,000 Careless Ethiopians Reggae Thing Jah Music Roman Soldiers Of Babylon Groovin' In Love
Tired Fe Lick Weed In A Bush Forward Jah Jah Children Ghetto On Fire This World
Recording Engineer : George Engfer & Tom Lubin & Phil Brown Engineer : Errol Thompson & Glenn Kolotkin
Producer : Roger Lewis & Louis Bramy
Vocals : Jacob Miller Backing Vocals : Desi Roots & Ernest Wilson & Mingo Lewis & Michael Chung & Roger Lewis & Geoffrey Chung Backing Band : The Inner Circle Drums : Horsemouth Wallace Bass : Ian Lewis & Robbie Shakespeare Guitar : Neal Schon & Michael Chung Lead Guitar : Chinna Rhythm Guitar : Roger Lewis Piano : Augustus Pablo Synthesiser : Mingo Lewis Keyboards : Michael Chung Electric Piano : Geoffrey Chung Saxophone : Eddy Money Clavinet : Mingo Lewis & Touter Harvey Percussions : Mingo Lewis
Studios : Recording : Errol Thompson's (Kingston, JA) & CBS (San Francisco, USA) ************************************************************
Inner Circle - Reggae Thing
Produced by: Roger Lewis & Louis Bramy
Label: Capitol Records ST-11574
Source: virtually unplayed US vinyl
Encoder: Lame 3.91 - matching the original Fraunhofer codec in razor sharp accuracy, and is moreover FAST and FREE
So here is Inner Circle's first attempt at an international career, while Jacob Miller was still alive and singing lead. The deal with Capitol didn't turn out too well; I don't think this sold very many copies in the US or abroad. After having purchased it directly upon release, I noticed it disappear and then return to the stores within a few years, this time branded with the ultimate sign of a company's rejection of its product and the artist: the disfiguring cut-out hole shot right through a corner of the sleeve!
The failure is understandable: not only was the record awfully mastered, it also falls in-between chairs. A few numbers were prompt re-recordings in Jamaica of Jacob Miller solo hits of the previous and the same year, and those tracks recorded in San Francisco were a clear sell-out in the attempt to gain a wider audience. These "promo songs" explaining the nature of Reggae ("Reggae Thing" and "Jah Music"), the rock guitar licks and flirtations with soul ("Groovin' In Love") - all was competently performed but very anonymous. The good tracks really are the re-makes. They sound somwhat different from the originals and some are in fact even heavier here!
The sound of this 1976 LP shows that the guys at Capitol responsible for bringing the disparate material together was not exactly into reggae. It is one muddy and unclear mess with playback volumes badly adjusted. Or was it a thought? - the roots tracks with politically incorrect themes such as marijuana smoking all play at a lower levels than the US recorded mainstream tracks!
In an attempted restoration I have sweetened all tracks except the first with an extra 6 dB of treble high up, but the roots re-makes, mixed by Errol T at the "E.T. Studio" according to the cover (that must surely be the Joe Gibbs studio!?!) sounded very bad and I have therefore boosted also the upper midrange and lower treble to dig out more detail.
This in turn necessitated a compensation in the bass region. But please note that I have not messed up the original - that crappy and undefined bass heard on e.g. tracks 3 and 8 is the original sound of the record. I do not think my strenghtening number 2, 5, 7, 9 and 10 have made them sound any worse! :-) Just so you know, I use extremely accurate speakers when adjusting these things, "highly recommended" by Hi-End magazine Stereophile and on their B-list for several year. Frequency response is almost dead flat down to 30 Hz extending far into the 20s.
With accurate speakers many records sound like utter idiocy - for example the Junior Delgado "More Treasure Found" is just about the worst I've ever heard! Like 10 dB too much bass throughout the entire CD, absolutely unlistenable. This was probably mixed on speakers with too weak bass and so you end up with a thoroughly imcompetent release of what in any case rather poor vinyl and probably pirated too...
A last note on the current album: an annoying scratch all along the "Tire Fe Lick Weed In A Bush" is a cause for sorrow, but I have tried to digitally clean it out beforehttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif commiting the reequalized album to mp3.
Now enjoy this record which failed dismally, which was a good thing - otherwise we may never have had the Jacob Miller albums "Killer Miller" and "Wanted" that followed.
Isaiah 41:10-11 (NIV). So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish......
Luke 6:38 (NIV). ''Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.''.....
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