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Johnny Clarke, Rockers Time Now

February 6, 2018





Rockers Time Now (3:29) => LISTEN


It's Green & Gold (3:39) ) => LISTEN


African Roots (3:18) ) => LISTEN


Be Holy, My Brothers & Sisters (3:37) => LISTEN  


Satta Massagana (3:39) => LISTEN  


Stop The Tribal War (3:10) => LISTEN  


Declaration Of Rights (3:21) => LISTEN  


Lets Give JAH, JAH, Praise (3:05) => LISTEN  


I Wish I Could Go On Forever (2:58) => LISTEN  


Natty Dreadlocks Stand Up Right (3:22) => LISTEN  


Prophecy A-Fulfilled (3:19) => LISTEN  


Them Never Love Poor Marcus (3:28) => LISTEN





Get On Down presents an often overlooked crucial reggae release from the 1970s with Johnny Clarke’s “Rockers Time Now.”


The record is a mix of covers and originals, including ethereal versions of the The Abyssinians “Satta Massagana” and “Declaration of Rights,” smash hits on the island just the year before.


“Rockers Time Now” was first issued in 1976, Clarke had just been named artist of the year in Jamaica for the second year in a row. This is just one of three full lengths he released that year as this was a very prolific period for Clarke, in particular from
1974 onward when his output was directed by legendary producer Bunny Lee.


The pairing resulted in a creative energy that resonates to this day. The release was recorded at Channel 1 with Bunny Lee producing, which of course means the band backing the popular Jamaican vocalist was The Aggrovators, which at the time included Robbie Shakespeare, Earl "Chinna" Smith, Augustus Pablo, and Aston “Family Man” Barrett. The release was mixed at King Tubby’s by Osbourne Ruddock…aka King Tubby. Crucial all the way around.


Now is the time to rediscover a classic of the genre, “Rockers Time Now”.

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