Top Ranking Sound - TRS Records
French label, Top Ranking Sound, shines light on the lost, obscure and forgotten rare gems of Reggae music. From rare and highly sought after reissues to lost gold shining on vinyl for the first time, TRS tunes are always top ranking.
TRS Records presents this double-shot 12″ scorcher. These are the Barrington Levy ‘Time Capsule’ sessions which were recorded in 1982 at Channel One studio in Jamaica but buried away for nearly 15 years before resurfacing in 1996 by RAS Records. Barrington Levy needs little introduction, and this is him in his prime, with the rich voice and great lyrics he’s known for backed by the earth shattering riddim section of the Roots Radics. These forgotten gems were produced by Milton Welch and final mix-down laid by Jim Fox of Lion & Fox Recording Studio. We present our 4 favourite tracks accompanied by their ferocious dubs in all their glory ‘Jah A The Creator’ ‘Little Children Cry’ ‘Hypocrites’ and ‘Oh Jah, Can’t You See’ for the first time ever released on vinyl.
Jah Children - If I Could. TRS Returns with another pearl from the Ja-Man camp this time from Jah Children with their adaptation of “If I Could”. Recorded and voiced in 1978 and produced by Bunny & Manzie in Jamaica alongside the cream of the crop musicians at the time which made up the Ja-Man all-stars. This beautiful roots tune is a tribute to the 1970 version by Simon & Garfunkel's “El Cóndor Pasa (If I Could)” which originally an orchestral musical piece written in 1913 and based on traditional Andean folk music from Peru. It has been estimated that around the world more than 4000 versions of the melody have been produced, along with 300 sets of lyrics, but none as hard hitting as this Jamaican roots version. With a nice b-side dub.
Tony Scott - Freedom. 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.
Wendy Culture / Chuckleberry - Mary Long Tongue / Falla Falla. Lickshot badness! First time ever released and available right now. Produced and arranged by Leroy “Badness” Pennicott, and archived away for more than 25 years only to surface again in 2017. We present this double-sided deejay killer 45 featuring Wendy Culture and Chuckle Berry in their prime riding the ‘Run Down The World’ riddim. Don’t watch no face, we follow no fashion.