Barry Brown - Ital Rock


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Available from 30th June 2017

Roots vocalist Barry Brown has an inimitable style that has long made him a
favourite of reggae enthusiasts. Drawing from the popular phrasing of Horace Andy,
but morphing it into his own delivery through the kind of wordless slurring that
occasionally resembles the sound of a quacking duck, Brown found his way into the
Jamaican music scene through the many amateur west Kingston talent contests of the
early 1970s, along with fellow aspiring talents such as Johnnie Clarke, Sugar Minott
and the African Brothers, and the Mighty Diamonds. He also honed his vocal skills on
local west Kingston sound systems such as Tape Tone, together with other young
dancehall-oriented youth such as Barrington Levy, Sammy Dread, Roy Taylor and
Tristan Palmer. There are still conflicting claims as to who was the first to record
Brown, with production veteran Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee and Sugar Minott among the
contenders, but in any case, during the late 1970s and early 1980s, he produced a
range of captivating work for various producers, much of which is rightly coveted
today. ‘Ital Rock’ appeared on Barry’s 1983 LP I’m Still Waiting, issued by Rocktone
International, a spin-off of Sugar Minott’s Black Roots outfit, based in Queens, New
York (with a further branch in Toronto); the B-side has Dean Fraser’s previously
unreleased electrifying saxophone cut, rescued from dub plate obscurity by Jah

a. Barry Brown - Ital Rock

b. Dean Fraser - Ital Rock (Special Dubplate Cut)