Ronan’s Track of the Week (21 May 2018)

Track of the week for me could easily have made it to the previous week’s ‘Ska Special’ shortlist – the track is Dennis Brown’s version of ‘Man Next Door’, a song originally recorded by John Holt in the late sixties, and covered by others, including Massive Attack on the ‘Mezzanine’ album with the distinctive vocals of Horace Andy. The Massive Attack version has a particularly ominous feel to it, helped by the drum sample from Led Zeppelin’s ‘When the Levee Breaks’.  On the previous week’s show we played another Brown track, ‘Make It Easy on Yourself’, a song released in 1971 which demonstrates well how rocksteady was evolving into reggae. We also mentioned that Brown, like his greatest musical influence Delroy Wilson, began recording as a young teenager, and sadly suffered a similarly premature end to his career.

 

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