Johnny Clarke - Don't Stay Out Late LP
Label: Kingston Studios
Kingston Sounds present a reissue of Johnny Clarke's Don't Stay Out Late, originally released in 1977. Johnny Clarke stands tall as one of the great vocalists that ruled the Jamaican reggae scene from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s dancehall period. This re-issue of his Don't Stay Out Late set shows his versatility to sing any song that was put in front of him and make it his own. Under producer Bunny "Striker" Lee's guidance, Mr. Clarke produced a run of singles and albums few could match. Johnny Clarke (b 1955, Jamaica, West Indies) cut his first record "God Made The Sea And Sun" after winning a local singing contest in the Bull Bay area of Jamaica. Although the single was not a hit, it led to two follow up tracks for producer Rupie Edwards, "Everyday Wandering" and "Julie" that fared much better, both on the island and overseas in England and Canada. These tracks also brought the singer to the attention of producer Bunny Lee and a working relationship that would go on to produce a prolific catalog of music. Johnny Clarke's Dread Conscious/Love Song style were to grace many hits around this time in 1974. There were such tunes as "None Shall Escape The Judgement", "Move Out Of Babylon", "Rock With Me Baby", "Enter The Gates With Praise" to name but a few. All new songs added to a host of cover tunes, recommended by Bunny Lee, many taken from singer John Holt's catalog, that suited Clarke's vocal style. The rhythms were cut at various studios around the Island. Randy's Studio 17, Channel I, Treasure Isle, Dynamic Sounds, and Harry J's by a group of musicians loosely called The Aggravators and voiced King Tubby's studio. All great tracks backed by great rhythms, cut by Johnny Clarke with a voice that few could equal.