” Big Tune On Deck “
A couple weeks ago I had a meeting at a west coast vinyl pressing plant that shall remain nameless…While I was there I was informed that they just received an additional 45 press that used to belong to the legend COXONE DODD….Needless to say I felt the intense energy emitting from this machine and it instantly put me in a heavy trance…..When it comes to reggae, COXONE was a powerhouse…I’m not going to get into his arsenal of accolades (That would take quite sometime), but to give you a glimpse into his influence, he was the first producer to audition Bob Marley, U Roy, Burning Spear, Horace Andy, Sugar Minott and countless others…..From the early 60’s up until his death in 2004 he churned out an amazing discography from his Studio One headquarters….
One of the groups that he worked with that deserve more attention is the SILVER TONES….In my opinion, “Cheating & Lying – Be Thankful” is one of the best roots and culture joints ever recorded…
POETIC VALUE- CHECK..
ORIGINAL HAUNTING PRODUCTION- CHECK..
LYRICS LACED WITH SUBSTANCE AND MEANING- CHECK..
EXCELLENT COMPOSITION & STRUCTURE- CHECK..
TIMELESS MATERIAL THAT STILL APPLIES TODAY- CHECK..
COXSONE’s ADDITIONAL DUB WORK ON THIS SONG IS SIMPLY INCREDIBLE…..