The explosion of deejay tracks in the mid to late 70s has often been overlooked or not given the credit it is due. Too many weak, rushed-sounding deejay versions of great tunes mean that the quality tunes do not get the recognition they deserve. This track is one of the good ones.
Jah Stitch has never been one of my favourite deejays. He has a style that is more suited to a live sound system then a recorded voice, but this tune is a great exception. Jah Stitch really goes to town over the Jackie Edwards version of Burning Spears massive ‘Invasion’ tune. As with all Bunny Lee productions, you know you are going to get good sound, and although the cover version is not really that different to the original, you get that with this tune. Jah Stitch’s ‘chanting’ style is perfect on this strong riddim.
Flip it over and Jackie Edwards soft voice soon gives way to a proper Tubby’s deconstruction dub. Heavy is not the word. Played by the Aggrovators, you would expect nothing else. All in all, quite a tune and dub combination, proving that among the crowded market for deejay tunes, there are some real peaches!
Jah Stitch Deejay
Jackie Edwards Vocal and Dub
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