Friday, October 14, 2011

Jamaican Halloween Spooktacular 2011 - Track Ten - Ghost Hour

We're not going to get into the mysterious identity of King Horror because I explored that topic ad nauseam in my post Would The Real King Horror Please Stand Up, back in March.

We are going to get into the hell I had to go through to get this song for this years mix! The song you're about to hear is the missing piece of a puzzle that has nearly driven me insane since February. I learned of "Ghost Hour" a couple year back and after confirming it was in fact another of King Horror's schlocky, late night horror-host themed records, I knew I was in for an uphill battle trying to track this one down.

My struggle was going to be two-fold... first of all, "skinhead reggae" records usually sell for large sums and I'm definitely not in a position to be shoveling out stacks of cash for a 7 inch slab o'vinyl. Secondly, the record, originally pressed in 1970 on a white labeled 7" by Reggae/Doctor Bird records, was going to be virtually impossible to search for online. My only chance was to find it clearly identified and clearly priced beyond my budget.

I'm not exaggerating when I say that I would lie in bed at night wondering where I might be able to find this record and I came up with nothing. I went online and pleaded for an MP3 of the song on reggae forums, I posted it here hoping someone would be willing to send me the file, I even got my hopes up a couple months back when I heard that the b-side (or is it the a-side?) of the illusive record, "Leave Pum Pum" by Pama Dice, had been repressed. Unfortunately, "Ghost Hour" wasn't the flip!

I was just about to throw in the towel when the miracle of the modern internet finally allowed me to get some sleep! If you ask me where I got the MP3 for "Ghost Hour" I'll reluctantly have to plead the Fifth and refuse to answer on the grounds that I may incriminate myself...;)

Regardless ladies and gentlemen, it is with great pleasure that I present to you this years Jamaican Halloween Spooktacular's Tenth Track, King Horror's "Ghost Hour!" Have a great weekend and if you're in this for the long haul, I guess I'll see you tomorrow!


Anonymous said...

Off topic, but been bugged by years by "I'm tired of your story which always end in your glory"

Used to have the dub, but never knew what the vocal was. Help?

John AKA Reggaexx said...

Pops - I posted the bit of lyric you remembered on the Blood & Fire message board, gotta response this morning - the song you're referencing is "Joe Lies" by Delroy Wilson

The dub version by King Tubby is called "Straight To Brad's Head From New York" from the album King Tubby's Special 1973-76...

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