When compiling a multi-volume label retrospective, many archival reissue operations will spread out the hits and desirable obscurities over the course of the entire series. But the VP label has its own way of reissuing roots reggae classics, which involves loading up the first set with all the best stuff that fits and subsequent volumes get filled with whatever's left in the vault.
So while the two-disc Joe Gibbs: Scorchers From The Mighty Two (VP) is an all-killer, no filler compendium of the deep roots revelations cut by Culture, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Mighty Diamonds, Jacob Miller, Cornell Campbell and others during the mid-70s peak of Gibbs and his associated labels, the Channel One Story, Chapter Two collection is essentially a leftovers follow-up to the stellar first volume.
With Sly & Robbie and their Revolutionaries studio unit providing the backing tracks, even the non-hits they recorded could've been the best-ever releases on another label. There are more than a few surprises from Earth & Stone, Ranking Trevor and Dillinger to keep you grooving right through Caribana weekend. vprecords.com
Channel 1 Story
Caveman Skank - Ranking Trevor
Stand Firm (It A Go Dread) - Barry Brown
Sun Is Shining - Black Uhuru
Three Wise Men - Earth and Stone
Jah Golden Pen - Sylford Walker
Money In My Pocket/Cool Runnings - Dennis Brown and Prince Mohammed
See Them A Come/Natty Pass Him G.C.E. - Culture and Shorty The President
Su Su Pon Rasta/Heavy Manners - Dolphin "Naggo" Morris and Prince Far I
One of the great enigmas of French avant-pop production is Jean-Pierre Massiera, who first turned up in the mid-60s recording bizarre Gallic garage singles for little-known regional freakbeat outfits. In the late 60s Massiera was the mysterious mastermind behind the fiendishly groovy psych workouts of Les Maledictus Sound, which mashed the daft with the demented in disturbing new ways before applying the same twisted sensibilities to instrumental club joints in the 70s, laying the foundation for cosmic disco to come.
Montreal's Mucho Gusto label, who reissued Les Maledictus Sound's awesome Attention album nine years ago, is back with two massive Massiera compendiums. Psychoses Freakoïd (1963-1978) covers the maestro's trippy rock-oriented experiments, and Psychoses Discoïd (1976-1981) collects his boisterously bumpin' dance-floor destroyers. They're both available on CD and vinyl and well worth checking out.
While the first On The Spot collection of Danish jazz scene treats from the 60s focused on the most sought-after classics, Ricky Tick's dope second volume digs deeper, uncovering a wealth of material that hasn't yet appeared on European bootlegs and the want lists of pipe-smoking collectors.
So even though you may be among the few proud owners of the Jazz Kvintet 60's debut EP from which Vacker Flicker is taken, unless you're the sole heir to a Copenhagen furniture empire, stuff like Louis Hjulmand's swank Opbrud from the Jazz & Poesi 10-inch, Erik Moseholm's Hilsen Fra Peter and the unreleased stormer Bennie's Groove by the Finn Mickelborgs Kvintet will be new discoveries. The other tracks by Bjarne Rostvold, Max Leth, Bent Jaedig and Finn Savery should be no less engaging for lovers of suave 60s Scando-jazz grooves. ricky-tick.com
On the Spot
Finn Mickelborgs Kvintet: Bennie's Groove
Jazz Kvintet 60: Vacker Flicker