Real Rock 50

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of probably the most popular reggae riddim of all time, Bassment Music International Records (BMI Records) managed to get some of the best musicians from Jamaica in the studio to lay down a razor sharp version of the Real Rock instrumental. The original, being produced by one of the pioneers of modern Jamaican popular music, Clement Seymour "Sir Coxsone" Dodd, got released in 1968 on the world famous Studio One imprint, often described as Jamaica’s Motown Records. We're talking about legendary players of instruments that include the mighty 'Riddim Twins' Sly & Robbie on drum and bass; Sound Dimension guitar hero Ernest Ranglin; Firehouse Crew keyboard/guitar player Wrong Move; the late and great veteran percussionist Scully; alongside the magnificent Ansel Collins playing that signature three-note Hammond organ figure in a fine style; and last but not least you'll hear trombonist Vin Gordon blowing the very same instrument he used on the original Studio One recording. Right away it's clear that BMI Records is well-serious with the launch of their record label and fifty years after its initial release, Real Rock 50 shows us that this classic riddim is a timeless masterpiece that still rocks any dancehall session and radio station on all four corners of the earth. Worldwide digital distribution by VPAL Music (VP Records): Real Rock 50 Riddim.


Original foundation member Willi Williams definitely wrote one of the biggest hits ever on the Real Rock instrumental. This reggae anthem "Armagideon Time" was first recorded in 1977 and when you hear the far-from-prolific artist chanting "a lot of people won't get no supper tonight; a lot of people won't get no justice tonight" you'll recognize the lyrics instantly. When the song got released in 1979 it took the world by storm and that very same year it was heard by British punk rock band The Clash, who released their cover version of "Armagideon Time" as the B-side of their "London Calling" single. This time around it got voiced exclusively over the Real Rock 50 riddim, released by this Belgium based record company. Willi Williams (born June 15, 1952) hails from Saint Ann and attended Trenchtown Comprehensive High School, where he was a classmate of drummer Sly Dunbar. Music has always been a big part of the singer's life and in 1967 he set up the Tripletone sound system. Bobby Kalphat and Willi Williams started the Soul Sounds label in 1969 and began producing their own and songs by The Versatiles, The Gaylads and others. In 1974 the Armagideon Man moved to Toronto, where he worked on many musical projects with keyboard legend Jackie Mittoo. This heartical artist remains active in the music scene, keeps performing on stage and recording in the studio to spread conscious messages throughout his songs. Official website: Willi Williams.

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Maximum respect goes out to all musicians (Lowell 'Sly' Fillmore Dunbar & Robert 'Robbie' Shakespeare, Paul 'Wrong Move' Crossdale, Scully, Ernest Ranglin, Vin Gordon, Isax), artists and engineers (Delroy 'Phatta' Pottinger, Lynford 'Fatta' Marshall, Christopher Daley) involved in this project. A special thanks going out to all family and friends that showed their support and guidance throughout the years. A very special thanks going out to you that supports a positive and uplifting movement.

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