Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Barry Brown

I have seen this bio used unattributed on a few different websites as well as in Barry's wikipedia entry, so here goes:
"Barry Brown was one of a number of singers to find success in the 1970's under producer Bunny Lee. One of the most successful artists of the early dancehall era, Brown worked with some of Jamaica's top producers of the time, including Linval Thompson, Winston 'Niney The Observer' Holness, Sugar Minott and Coxsone Dodd, as well as releasing self-produced material. After releasing eleven albums between 1979 and 1984, Brown's releases became more sporadic, although his work continued to feature prominently on sound systems such as those of Jah Shaka. In the 1990's, Brown's health deteriorated, suffering with asthma and substance abuse problems and he died in May 2004 at Sone Waves Recording Studio in Kingston, Jamaica, after falling and hitting his head."
I've got a dozen or so of Barry's tracks in my library, primarily from 12" rips (some on the Greensleeves label, some unknown...).


Barry Brown - Give Another Israel A Try
from a rip of Greensleeves 12" GRED 068 A
Produced in 1980 by Henry 'Junjo' Lawes
Mixed at King Tubbys by Scientist
Backed by Roots Radics

From Creation
the notes in my rip say this is from a 12" but I have not been able to find any versions of this on 12"...there does seem to be a Jackpot 7" from 1978(?) with a b-side King Tubby/Aggrovators version as well as a posthumous 2006 7" on Striker Lee with a Sly & Robbie Version b-side...my sense is that this is from the Jackpot 7" given when I think this rip was made but who knows...do you?

Don't You Try
from what my library also says is a 12" rip but no label info...can't find any supporting documentation online, either...great track, though!