Friday, September 16, 2016

Day 321 of 365 Day Jamaican Music Challenge - Earth & Stone - Wicked A Fe Dress Back

The vocal duo Earth and Stone, not to be confused with Hell & Fire which I do all the time, was made up of Albert Bailey and Clifton Howell.  In 1972, they auditioned for Studio One but quickly grew tired of not getting anywhere as far as recording anything so they went to see the Hookim brothers at Channel One.  Ernest and Jo Jo quickly saw their potential and released a couple big tunes including "Jah Will Cut You Down" and "Three Wise Men" as singles on their Hitbound label.  The successful singles continued for Earth and Stone and in 1979 their album Kool Roots, which compiled all of the good stuff they had recorded at Channel One was released internationally on the Cha Cha label with high acclaim.  Unfortunately when the Hookim's pulled up stakes in 1980 and move their operations to New York, Earth and Stone called it a day.  Today's track "Wicked A Fe Dress Back" was a tune produced by Ossie Hibbert and put out on the Ossie Sounds label in 1977 and it is a badass tune!  Smooth conscious harmonies over a horn-rich, joyful take of the Please Be True riddim, this is some seriously tuff stuff!  Check it!

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