Friday, March 19, 2010

Getting in the mood

Sunshine and warmth in the UK this week. Of course it's raining again now but the winter chill has gone and at last it seems Spring is on the way.  

Haven't had any reggae around these here parts for a while but the sunshine awoke my reggae earbuds and sent me rummaging through my collection of 12" singles.

On playing this particular one (for the first time in a very long time - to think this has been in the cupboard unplayed and unloved for, I'm guessing, at least 25 years) I was at first a bit puzzled as to why I had bought it in the first place. Louisa Mark may have been the attraction, I initially thought, but "All My Loving" is not the strongest thing she ever did, and it's some way from being my favourite Beatles song. The B side is by the Cool-Notes but is also nothing special.

Then I played the Tony Washington track, an instrumental. Ah! that is why I bought it.

Surely I mean dub, you say. In this case no, it's simply an instrumental, and it's beautiful.

Tony Washington - Sitting By The Wayside 1980*

*UPDATE: this 12" dates to 1980 but a comment by Raggedy prompted me to do a bit more research. This track was in fact the B side of the original 7" release of Louisa Mark's "All My Loving" on Sir Coxsone's Safari label so the track itself dates to 1975.


Raggedy said...

I can't believe this is an 80's piece. Very nice.

Darcy said...

Hi Raggedy,

I've done some more homework (i.e, Googling). The Louisa Mark track on this 12" was originally released in 1975 on the Safari label (also owned by Sir Coxsone) as a 7" - and what was on the b-side? Tony Washington. So you are right it actually dates from 1975.

davy h said...

Absolutely lovely, lovely, lovely.