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CONROY SMITH – Wake Up

Continuing with our Collar Records connection, we present the much anticipated reissue of “Wake Up” by Conroy Smith produced by heavyweight Leroy Pennicott. Smith aka Mr Dangerous is no stranger to the music business, and from the age of 8 was already deejaying for the local sounds. Like many other great reggae musicians, Smith learned his craft from a combination of sound system culture and school. But it was former school friend Nadine Sutherland who urged him to move to Kingston to pursue a singing career, and by the age of 20 he was thrown into the digital revolution of reggae music and quickly started to voice for various producers. During the next five years (from 1985-90) Smith belted out a long line of tunes including this hard-hitting tune on the newly established Collar Records, produced and arranged by Leroy Pennicott. “Wake Up” is a serious reminder that still stands the tests, sounding fresh as ever and remastered from the sources. Coming soon to TRS Records.

 


STEVE BECKER – War

Forwarding along with another Collar Records banger! Once again featuring the slick production of Leroy “Badness” Pennicott with another forgotten track this time by Steve Becker titled “War. In the early 80’s Leroy Pennicott was one of the back-bone members for Augustus Pablo’s Rockers All-Stars playing rhythm guitar and bass on hundreds of recordings, and even touring extensively around the globe. He was also an instrumental force behind many of the early 80’s High Times recordings with Earl Chinna Smith. Always humble and preferring to stay out of the lime light, the multi-skilled Pennicott under the guidance of Pablo and Chinna lead a natural progression to producing. Pennicott first teamed up with long time friend Steve Becker, who go back from youth days in the Greenwich Farm community of Kingston. At the time due to a shortage of funds, Pennicott asked former band mate Pablo if his first production could be released under the Rockers imprint, to which Pablo happily agreed. As Pennicott recalls “War” was written as a response and social commentary about the strife and dangers of their surroundings, and being just as relevant if not more in 2018. Earth shattering rhythm remastered from the sources available through TRS Records. 


TALISMAN – Look Waat A Gwan

Coming soon yet another jewel reissued for the first time on Simbarashe Tongogaro’s own Star Time label, this time sees the coming together of Bristol reggae pioneers Talisman with “Look Waat A Gwan”. Talisman are one of the UK’s top British Roots Reggae bands who formed in the the late 70’s and still continue to record and tour in 2018. TRS is pleased to announce the reissue of this total must-have from 1986 restored from Tongogaro’s tapes with it’s heavy-than-lead Dub counter-piece. It goes without saying: seminal and always innovative, Tongorago brings the fire, a faultless record. Coming very soon.


RUDO – Freedom

The whispers are true… After 32 years since it first appeared on the little-known about Star Time label featuring an undiscovered young French Guiana singer named Rudo, TRS Records is very proud to announce the long-awaited reissue of ‘Freedom’. Almost as famous for his elusive nature, mystic producer Simbarashe Tongogaro brings his own roar with precision skills that are noticeable on his superb production, completely ahead of it’s time for a 1986 tune, a real unique expansion of the music. As is the regular case with obscure and rare records, ‘Freedom’ was only known to a certain few in the collectors circles and remained one of the most prized and desired records from the 80s. In the recent months leading up to this release and after meetings with Tongogaro, we have helped digitize and convert literally hundreds of hours of unreleased recordings and riddims from this period. Unbelievable sessions restored from the original tapes, some truly inspiring sessions captured. This and much more coming very soon in 2018.