Tuesday, September 15, 2015

He Prayed - Joe Frazer - Dub Organiser Riddim w/ Twice and Undercover

50 tunes, 43 years, 28 labels, 3 names, 1 riddim. Burning Spear originated the riddim for his classic He Prayed on Studio One for Coxsone Dodd around 1972 and was released in 73. It must have made waves as Coxsone's right hand man Lee Perry then versioned a riddim with Dillinger called Dub Organiser to entice Coxsone counter with a Dennis Alcapone dubbing the original Burning Spear and releasing it as Joe Frazier. Joe Gibbs came into the rumble to drop a version with Big Youth in Foreman vs Frazer and even Augustus Pablo got in on the action with his own Dub Organiser. Hence the multiple names for this riddim. Versions started to flow with crucial tunes from Winston Jarrett, Prince Hammer, Trinity and Prince Far I before Johnny Osbourne had his massive hit Ice Cream Love in 1980 on Volcano/Greensleeves and of course Scientist's remarkable dubwise version Extra Time 1 off his Wins The Worldcup. What followed was a remarkable metamorphasis of the riddim, sometimes a likkle bit of Joe Frazier, sometimes a likkle bit of Dub Organiser, and sometimes a likkle bit of He Prayed but all with that distinctive dum, dum...dum, dum, dum sample. Come the mid 80s and 90s the digital tempo increased with tunes dropping on Sinbad, Hi Power, Prince Jammys and Roofman International and Digital B labels. Come the early 2000s and Massive B and Black Arrow relick it inna digital roots style before Sinead and Sly and Robbie get their hands on it (it's OK!) and recently Phenomenon by Kabaka and Digital B, nearly 20years after Boobby Konders first touched it and 43 years after Burning Spear laid down his first verses for Coxsone. Thanks to Twice for kicking this one off and hooking us all with the goods. Part 1. Part 2.

Burning Spear - He Prayed aka Joe Frazier (1972) Iron Side
Reuben Alexander - Happy Valley (1972) Studio One
Dillinger and the Upsetters - Dub Organiser (1973) Perry
Lee Scratch Perry & The Upsetters - Scratch the Dub Organiser (1973) Perry
Dennis Alcapone - Joe Frazier (1973) Iron Side
Big Youth - Foreman vs. Frazier (1973) Joe Gibbs
Joe Gibbs and Errol T - He Prayed Dub (1973) Joe Gibbs
Augustus Pablo - Dub Organizer (1973) Impact
Trinity - Mohammed Ali (1977) Joe Gibbs
Righteous Flames - Solid Foundation Version (1978) Studio One
Ranking Joe - A Dread Earthquake (1978) Greensleeves
Prince Far I - Natty Champion (1980) Trojan
Johnny Osbourne - Ice Cream Love (1980) Volcano
Prince Hammer f/ Rod Taylor - Words of Parables (1981) Belva Sound
Prince Hammer - Brixton Trial and Crosses (1981) Belva Sound
Toyan - Children Children (1981) Greensleeves
Clint Eastwood & General Saint - Young Lover (1981)Volcano
Carlton Livingston and Lone Ranger - You Make Your Mistake (1981) Techniques
Scientist - Extra Time 1 (1982) Greensleeves
Ranking Toyan - Pretty Face (1983) Midnight Rock
Mad Professor - The Drum Shot (1983) Ariwa
Half Pint - Puchie Lou (1983) Prince Jammy$
Barrington Levy - Misunderstanding (1984) Power House
Anthony Johnson - Reggae Feelings (1984) Vista Sounds
Burning Spear - He Prayed - 12 inch (1984)
Burning Spear - He Prayed Live Utrecht Holland (15/02/1984)
Puddy Roots - When I Release (1985) Redman International
Puddy Roots - When I Release Version (1985) Redman International
Cocoa Tea and Ninjaman - Dirt Heart (1991) Mr Doo
Johnny Osbourne - No Ice Cream Sound (1992) Prince Jammy$
Cobra - Original Kill and Nuh Run (1992) Sinbad
Determine - Zion Is Calling (1993) Roof International
Yami Bolo - Confrontation (1993) Roof International
Half Pint - Love Zone (1993) Roof International
Singing Melody - Dub Plate To a Soundboy (1994) Roof International
Sizzla - Too Much To Bear (1997) Digital B Records
Tony Curtis - My Lady In Red (1998) Greensleeves
Gregory Isaacs - Nice Me Up (1998) Hi Power
Morgan Heritage - Heat of the Battle (1999) Massive B
King Kong - Jah's My Best Friend (1999) Massive B
Morgan Heritage - Dem Man Deh (2003) Black Arrow
Al Campbell - Never Give Up (2003) Black Arrow
Chuck Fender - Oh Jah Jah (2003) Black Arrow
Gussie P - Joe Frazier Dub (2003) Black Arrow
Louie Culture - World Police (2003) Cousins
Sinéad O'Connor and Sly and Robbie - He Prayed (2005)
Sizzla - Black Man In The White House (2009) Greensleeves
Delly Ranx - Ice Cream Love (2009) Itation Records
Perfect - Rasta Dub Plate (2011) Chalice Palace
Kabaka Pyramid - Phenomenon (2015) Digital B Records


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  2. Thanks! Great collection! Is Ice Cream Sound (Jammys) on the Real Rock Riddim or the He Prayed Riddim?

  3. Thanks for the knowledge

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