We're on to the next tune in our round-up of creepy tunes from the "loudest island in the world" and its another good one and actually one I never even knew existed until late last month. I was online doing some research and trying to dig up some more "duppy tunes" for this years mix when I came across an Ebay listing for the 1978 12" of Lone Ranger's "Barnabas Collins." Now I've got multiple copies of Ranger's tune on various formats but I didn't have the 12" on the GG Hits label. On the flip side was a song I had never heard and one that I initially believed was probably only a retitled instrumental version which oftentimes occupies the B-side on most Jamaican vinyl but I soon found out that I was very wrong.
I found a shared copy of the 12" online posted by a real nice guy who goes my the name of Willyguttz and he was kind enough to re-upload it for me. I was blown away by what was improperly credited to the GG All Stars because it's a completely independent spooky themed reggae tune on the classic "My Conversation" riddim (just like Dillinger's tune from yesterday). I immediately sought out and bought the record because it had everything I love about a Halloween appropriate reggae track... straightforward supernatural subject matter discussing haunted houses, vampires and even Frankenstein and a great riddim that I never tire of.
I hope you can appreciate and enjoy this one as much as I do because to me, its been like uncovering a long-lost treasure. And though the real vocalist's identity may have been lost to time or Earnest Ranglin's shoddy record keeping, this is a near perfect reggae tune for the Halloween season!