Friday, 15 February 2008

Prince Alla – Glory


Released in May 2000, Glory saw a link up with an artist who I held in awe during my youth – Prince Alla. Hailing from the ghetto of Greenwich Town, Prince Alla was immortalised during the 1970’s with tune after tune for producers like Freedom Sound’s Bertram Brown, Tappa Zukie, Joe Gibbs and others. A serious and humble rastaman, I first saw him at the Selby Centre in Tottenham in 1999 when he did a show with Peter Broggs, another artist I’d recently been working with. It took a while to make the link with Alla as the people he was staying with were loathe to let him work with anyone except them, but eventually we met up at Conscious Sounds and did some reasoning. Since that day he’s been to England and all over Europe many times, but to put things in perspective it should be recalled that this was only his second ever visit to London, and the last time had been many years previously. Prince had no idea of the runnings in the UK roots scene and he pulled out a tape for us to listen to of some songs he’d been doing in Jamaica. The riddims were average and as Prince was sounding us out he said “Can we do something like this?” So Dougie and I looked at each other & said “Yeah maybe, but have a listen to this first…” As we ran a few warrior riddims for Prince to hear his eyes lit up and he said “Bwoy, I never expect to hear tune like this inna England!” After hearing our riddims he was eager to start and voiced 2 tunes that day. Afterwards he said it was the best work he’d done for years and the vibes reminded him of King Tubbys. Alla came to the studio a number of times that summer and we did 7 tunes in all, with the album coming showcase style, vocals and dubs. The vinyl is currently unavailable but the CD is still in circulation.

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1 Glory
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2 Glory Dub
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3 Stop Your Crying
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4 Start Your Dubbing
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5 Gather Round
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6 Dub Round
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7 Jah Mountain
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8 Mountain Dub
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9 Fools Never Learn
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10 Fools Never Dub
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11 Cities
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12 Dub With No Pity
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13 I Don’t Mind
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14 I Don’t Dub
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