user:
pass:
 
HomeNewsBandsRELEASESTourdatesShopeCardsImpressum
Subnavigation
Search & Find
Fun / Downloads
21890405
since 2004.03.10
28-10-04 18:23 PRINCE BUSTER HUSH UP CD By MIKE



"True ska is music with a soul."
This was how Prince Buster, born Cecil Campbell in 1938 in Kingston, Jamaica, proudly defined his music.
"Too many imitators were following up with a phony ska style which sounded more like the old-time twist than the real thing." Bearing in mind the man's arrogant and aggressive personality, it is easy to understand why he called so many people "pseudo-artists".

In fact, this new musical form inherited from American R&B took on a different colour according to the producer. It was easy to pick out the different sounds of Coxsone, Duke Reid, King Edwards, Leslie Kong and Byron Lee - legends in the fierce competition of the ska era.
All the same, Prince Buster's music is so inspired, authentic and soulful, more than any other, that it's hard to deny his definition.
As a producer, composer and singer - and also as a polemicist, spokesman and visionary - Buster is definitely one of the most committed personalities in the history of Jamaican music.
Just mentioning the labels he began creating in 1962 after working for the Coxsone Sound System ("Wildbells", "Islam", "Soulville Center", "Voice of the People") is enough to give us an idea of the man's preoccupations and the form which they took: Christian fervour impregnated with Baptism, Afro-Centrism influenced by the Black Muslim Movement, a devotion and reference to all Afro-American music and a moral commitment to the Jamaican people. He proclaiming himself as their representative, defender and charismatic guide. So are the many faces of the prophet.
Jamaican music did not have to wait for the arrival of reggae and the expression of Rastafarianism to deserve adjectives like mystic, honest, moral, proud of one's roots and anti-disestablishment.
Buster's early recordings are, both musically and psychologically, underpinned by a rebel attitude tinged with religious feeling, an inextricable mixture of pagan cultures inherited from the African slaves and Bible fundamentalism. The man is as anxious to make his voice heard as to pay his dues, whether restoring all the original power of "Wings of a Dove" or transforming "Lucky Old Sun" with the help of Derrick Morgan at a London recording session. "It was originally 'Lucky Old Sun', but I fixed it just how I wanted it. I even redesigned the music, and put so much soul into that tune after finishing the record that I was dead beat." So it was no more 'Lucky Old Sun', but the new and exciting tune "Wash Wash".
Far from taking away from his performance, the Prince's beliefs transcend the music. "The Prophet", the standard of the soul singer Chuck Jackson, may well have been written for him, as the lyrics in this brilliant interpretation sound like a manifesto.

"The Ten Commandments" was another such manifesto that clearly defined his notion of relations between the sexes. It almost immediately generated a series of angry responses from female singers like Helen Flemming, Norma (helped by Laurel Aitken) and Princess (produced by Buster himself).
Although, one feels none of them would have been too upset if he had personally dedicated "I Won't Let You Cry" to them.
Fascinated by the stands taken by his Afro-American brothers and personalities like the famous boxer Muhammed Ali (aka Cassius Clay), Buster increasingly referred to Islam as well as Christianity. But although Buster was a believer, above all he believed in himself.
"You sing what you feel. Slick it up and you take that soul away..."
A man who says he is "dead beat" at the end of a recording session must have given his all.
-taken from the liner notes of Melodisc's cd "The Prophet"
Links Related News

 


Two new Fire & Flames Cds available - Monday 21. of February
The new Jeunesse Apatride album, "La Victoire Sommeille" brings the same
melodic oi/streetpunk sound, incredible dual female vocals, rocking guitars,
and lyrics full of rage, revolt, resistance, and revolution. The band has
now developed a tighter and more mature sound, complemented by a much...
[more]

By Mike, 21-02-05 13:51
Category: NOW AVAILABLE AT THE SHOP

ANTIFASCHISTISCHES INFOBLATT NR: - Thursday 10. of February
Stories
Editorial
Nach einem für unser Magazin recht erfolgreichen Jahr fing die Planung für das nächste Jahr gleich mit weniger erfreulichen Ereignissen an. Unser schwedischer Freund und Genosse Stieg Larsson ist völlig überraschend am 9. November 2004 in Stockholm gestorben. | lesen

Von Mis...
[more]

By Mike, 10-02-05 11:56
Category: NOW AVAILABLE AT THE SHOP

Sensa Yuma & Bips LPs available - Tuesday 8. of February
Sensa Yuma originally formed in Birmingham in 1980 until 1988, the band re-formed in 1988 with original members- Stu-Pid and Minty along with Jock and Ross from GBH to record the long awaited first album EVERY DAY´S YOUR LAST DAY. Since then the drums have been occupied by Stick from DOOM and EXTREM... [more]

By Mike, 8-02-05 19:55
Category: NOW AVAILABLE AT THE SHOP

New Posters Available - Monday 24. of January
[more]

By Mike, 24-01-05 12:30
Category: NOW AVAILABLE AT THE SHOP

TRUE REBEL RECORDS LISTED - Thursday 13. of January
[more]

By Mike, 13-01-05 15:32
Category: NOW AVAILABLE AT THE SHOP

Two new Pama International Albums arived - Friday 31. of December
PAMA INTERNATIONAL (www.pamainternational.co.uk) formed in 2001 and quickly set their sites on the world. Their self titled debut album was released April 2002, quickly gaining international recognition through a stunning soundclash of soul-injected ska and reggae. It was very "modern" and in tune w... [more]

By Mike, 31-12-04 14:18
Category: NOW AVAILABLE AT THE SHOP

Two new Skinhead Posters available - Monday 27. of December
Skinhead Attitute and Skinheads Filmscores available. [more]

By Mike, 27-12-04 20:51
Category: NOW AVAILABLE AT THE SHOP

Larsen Records listed - Thursday 23. of December
Larsen records a small soul,garage and moodlabel is listed now. [more]

By Mike, 23-12-04 15:22
Category: NOW AVAILABLE AT THE SHOP

13 new TRASH 2001 releases online - Tuesday 14. of December
[more]

By Mike, 14-12-04 17:57
Category: NOW AVAILABLE AT THE SHOP

New DOA & Pascow albums available as CD & LP - Monday 29. of November
Title: Pascow - Geschichten die einer schrieb
Style: Punk
Label: Plastic Bomb rec.
Audio-Sample: www.madbutcher.de/shop/real/PBR049LP.ram

Die frische Unverbrauchtheit u. positive Energie von ZSK trifft auf intelligente Texte im Stil von KNOCHENFABRIK meets MOTORMUSCHI, die durchaus Tief...
[more]

By Mike, 29-11-04 15:09
Category: NOW AVAILABLE AT THE SHOP

Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Next


Mad Butcher Records | Kurze Geismarstr. 6 | D - 37073 Göttingen
Tel. ++49-5528-2049282 | Fax. ++49-5528-2049283 | Mail: mike(at)madbutcher.net