Black Uhuru first formed in 1972, initially as Uhuru (Swahili for ‘freedom’). The group has undergone several line-up changes over the years, with Derrick “Duckie” Simpson as the mainstay. As a unique singer in his own right, Delroy “Junior” Reid had the opportunity to reach a wider international audience when he was offered the chance to be the lead singer in Black Uhuru in 1986. Always a strong follower of Black Uhuru, and with a similar vocal style, Reid elevated the group to another level delivering militant albums like ‘Brutal’ and ‘Positive’. ‘Pain’ is a superb little Digi tune recorded with respected heavyweight Steven Stanley in 1987 during the recording of the ‘Positive’ LP. Later it also appeared on Reid’s own JR Label as “Pain On The Poorman Brain” but with a different mix and listening experience. TRS is pleased to announce the 7″ reissue of “Pain” is available right now. Licensed though Real Authentic Sounds (RAS).
Eek A Mouse (born Ripton Hylton), is one of earliest artists to be described as a “singjay. He adopted the stage name “Eek A Mouse” in 1979, taking the name of a racehorse he always bet on, and the name stuck. The Mouse needs to further description really, with a slew of hits under his belt throughout the early 80’s with too many anthems to mention, his popularity began to wane slightly in the towards the mid 80s. He decided to target the United States with the established label RAS Records led by the iconic Doctor Dread. As a result Eek A Mouse started to appeal to a wider cross over audience and toured extensively and even resided outside of Jamaica for some time. In 1987 the LP ‘Eek-A-Nomics’ was released and ‘Glamity’ was definitely one of the stand out tracks that didn’t stray too far from the Dancehall and was even released as a 7″ single produced by Doctor Dread. Now reissued and under licence, ‘Glamity’ perfectly captures that time of the late 80s, and in his own description where Eek A Mouse was at, bere glam and fame, and certainly no complaints.
Foxy Brown born Jennifer Esmerelda Hylton is affectionately known as “Jamaica’s Tracy Chapman” after receiving her first introduction to the reggae charts via Steely & Clevie rendition of “Sorry” and “Fast Car”. Miss Brown released her debut album ‘Foxy’ in 1989, which showcased her original songwriting talents and in 1990 scored another major hit with Dancehall single ‘Always For Me’ also released on her album ‘My Kind Of Girl’ through RAS Records and in Jamaica on the Ras Jam imprint, produced by Harold McLarty. TRS is pleased to announce the reissue of this long and sought after Dancehall Lovers single is available now and licenced through Real Authentic Sound (RAS).
Coming soon! Reissued in a fine style, the ultra-classic 80s thriller ‘There You Go’ by Johnny Lee on the original Fat Bwoy imprint. This long time and in-demand gem is distributed through TRS Records by popular request. The people have spoken. Sweet vocals on this heavy and bold ‘Declaration Of Rights’ riddim, perfect combination and class.
Presenting this little forgotten pearl by Roots Uprising recorded in Miami, Florida in 1979. Led here by the multi-skilled musician, singer and producer Ted Greaves aka Asha-T (son of legendary and popular Teddy Greaves, a West Indies cabaret entertainer). Ted Jr was born in Jamaica to a very diverse musical family and first cut his teeth singing with his father at hotel resorts in Montego Bay and on luxury cruise ships for tourists with his siblings. During the mid 60s, the Greaves family moved to the Bahamas to further Teddy Senior’s career, and not long after Asha-T accompanied by his brothers decided to migrate to Miami. After years rehearsing in the studio and with the help of his brothers (Donald and Errol Greaves who played on many important Soul Syndicate records) the Roots Uprising outfit was ultimately formed. “Family Tree” was originally released in the US only and on the murky Alwa label on both 7″ and 12″, and as with so many obscure releases of the day, proper dues were never rewarded. TRS Records is pleased to present this beautifully fitting and hard roots tune and give it the proper release it deserves. As Asha-T explains, “Family Tree isn’t just about the importance of having roots, but about the deeper connections we seek to know ourselves and where we are going”.
Deep roots ‘Sufferers’ selection backed by the Boris Gardiner Happening band and produced by Lou Gooden featuring Tony Scott. “Freedom” was originally recorded in 1975 and released on Gooden and Alty East’s Ultra Records. Not only producing a string of records, Lou Gooden is a well known Jamaican author and radio disc jockey, and was the youngest ever sound system disc jockey, playing for Jamaica’s first known sound system Tom (The Great Sebastian). Gooden also wrote several non-fiction books such as ‘Reggae Heritage’, ‘Dancehall Sound System – The Good, The Bad and the Ugliest’, and his current book ‘The Rise And Fall Of Studio One’. Gooden is a real treasure and archivist of everything Jamaican music and who’s made a point of setting the records straight.
Rockers style underground hit “Don’t Laugh” by Prince Edwards was originally released on 12″ via Lou Gooden’s Disco 2000 label in 1982 and received a good response in the New York dances of the time. Lou Gooden is no stranger to Reggae music and his contributions are monumental for shaping the industry as we know today. In 1971 Gooden launched ‘The Metromedia Sound System’ from the Baby Grand Club that was located in Cross Roads… and the rest is history. After spending many years abroad, Gooden even attended four different radio broadcasting colleges in the United States and helped build x-amount of radio stations back home in Jamaica. Not only a broadcasting giant, Lou Gooden is a Jamaican national treasure, a historian with a wealth of knowledge on the threads of the island’s musical heritage.
Continuing with our series of ‘Earl Love’ reissues, TRS Records presents another scorcher by Roots singer Earl Zero. “Only Jah” is backed by reggae militant giants and childhood friends Soul Syndicate from the same Greenwich Farm area of Kingston, recorded at Channel One studio 1979 and mixed at King Tubby’s. Earl Zero played a crucial role in the roots era, releasing powerful string of hits with well known dramatic lyrics.