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1976-1978 - Jah Live - studio - discs:1

Gladstone Anderson's (also known as Gladdy Anderson or Gladdy and nephew of Aubrey Adams) seminal appearence on piano, on Hopeton Lewis' "Take It Easy" from 1966, equalled to the birth of Rock Steady. Legend has that he was the one to give the name to this emerging sound. Anderson was born in Kingston on June 18, 1934. Around the mid 50's he was already playing for Duke Reid and later was a strong figure inside the Ska scene. From 1967 Gladdy was more than often a member of Duke Reid's band. Other members included top musicians as the saxophonists Tommy McCook and Herman Marquis, the guitarists Ernest Ranglin and Lynn Taitt, the organists Neville Hinds and Winston Wright, and the drummers Arkland "Drumbago" Parks and Hugh Malcolm. As the sound was shifting to Reggae, Gladstone became the core of Reid's band now named Gladdy's All Stars. In the meantime he also cut for Harry Mudie and Leslie Kong. Anderson' career is also linked to Alton Ellis and Winston Jarrett. In 1965 Alton Ellis' partner Eddie Perkins (Alton and Ellis) moved to the U.S. and Alton decided to quit with music. But Winston persuaded Alton to start Alton and The Flames, with Winston and Eggar "Baby G" Gordon on harmony vocals. When in 1969 Alton moved to Europe, Winston started the group called Winston Jarrett and the Righteous Flames, with Eggar and Junior Green. During those events Gladdy was there. In 1966 Lee "Scratch" Perry worked briefly for Joe Gibbs, introducing Gladdy's self-produced "Just Like A River". In 1968, Gladdy played piano at Joe Gibbs' for The Pioneers "Give Me Little Loving". Sidney "Luddy" Crooks was the singer, just before Jackie Robinson became the leader. Gladstone Anderson has worked on countless sessions. Among the artists he worked with, we must list these names: Alton Ellis, Agustus Pablo, Barrington Levy, Bunny Wailer, Clint Eastwood, Cornell Campbell, Dean Frazer, Delroy Wilson, Don Carlos, Earl Sixteen, Earth & Stone, Errol Dunkley, Glen Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Itals, Jackie Edwards, Jimmy Cliff, John Holt, Johnny Clarke, Johnny Osbourne, Junior Delgado, Junior Reid, Justin Hinds, K.C. White, Knowledge, Larry Marshall, Leroy Brown, Little Roy, Lone Ranger, Michael Prophet, Mikey Dread, Mighty Diamonds, Peter Broggs, Prince Alla, Prince Jammy, Ranking Dread, Ranking Joe, Ranking Toyan, Rod Taylor, Roots Radics, Royals, Sammy Dread, Scientist, Slim Smith, Soul Syndicate, Sugar Minott, Tappa Zukie, Tony Tuff, Toots & Maytals, Trinity, U Brown, Wailing Souls, Winston Jarrett. He also released a couple of sets. Among those, there was "It May Sound Silly" (1972), "Gladdy Unlimited" (1977), "Sings Songs for Today & Tomorrow" (1982), "Get Close" (1989), and "Peace Pipe Dub" (cut at Channel One and released in 1993). The present set contains some material Gladdy produced along with Roy Sinclair (also known as Blackbeard) for the latter's Rite Sound label. Sinclair (1936) was encouraged by Gladdy, Winston Wright and Winston Jarrett to found his own label in the mid-70's. The label mainly released material produced by Gladdy and/or Roy. The tracks compiled here were recorded between 1976 and 1978 and produced by both. As already happened with other sets in Yardie-Reggae, Gladstone Anderson and Roy Sinclair's "Rite Sound Reggae Story" was not listed under the Various (artists) / Compilation page. Due to the former's importance inside the history of Reggae, I decided to open this page for him. Here we have three stellar tracks from Winston Jarrett & The Flames : the wonderful and rocking "Spanish Town Road" plus the Gladstone Star Band's Dub version called "Coming From The Country", the delicate "Crying In The Ghetto" (also known as "Too Much Confusion") and deep "Humble Yourself". The latter is also followed by the Gladstone Star Band's Dub version called "Get On Your Mark". Inside the collection there is Eddy Grandson's "Jah Garden" followed by Gladdy's old style "Will You Stay". Another old school styled song is delivered by The Mellows with "Pray To Jah" and its Gladstone Star Band's Dub version called "Give Thanks And Pray". Two tracks from the great Leroy Smart are also collected: "What Will I Do" and the beautiful deep Roots five stars of "Jah Almighty". The musicians involved in these tracks are Sly Dunbar and Carlton Barrett (drums), Aston Barrett and Lloyd Parks (bass), Earl "Chinna" Smith and Ernest Ranglin (guitar), Gladstone Anderson (piano), Winston Wright and Tyrone Downie (organ), Dirty Harry and Tommy McCook (saxophone) and finally the unique and great Skully (also known as Mikey Spratt, Zoots Scully Simms, Scollie, Zoot Sims and Skitter). This is a three and a half stars compilation from a five stars musician. Even if this is a quite difficult CD to find, search for it throughout all the legal providers. The gems offered here cannot be missed.

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