Monday, December 17, 2007

Mr. Brown

Some years before his international breakthrough, Bob Marley recorded a strings of songs under the tutelage of Lee ´Scratch´ Perry, who himself went on to become the undisputed production wizard of roots reggae. Tracks like Small Axe, Soul Rebel and Duppy Conqueror all stem from this period, and are collected on The Complete Upsetter Collection box on Trojan. My personal favourite from these sessions must be the spooky Mr. Brown. The lyrics (by Glen Adams btw, not Marley) are based on a rumour that was doing the rounds in Jamaica at the time: a ghost - a so-called duppy -  was seen riding around in a three-wheeled coffin, looking for a certain mister Brown. Stuff of legend indeed. 

Bob Marley & The Wailers - Mr. Brown MP3

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