Joe Yamanaka = ジョー・山中 ‎– Dance To The Reggae

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Label:Black ‎– BE-6


Used 7" 1983

Disc:VG+ (feel light surface noise at mainly beginning and silent part, some hairlines not affect to sound much, totally nice shape)

Jacket:VG+/VG (on two scotch tape for promo)

Joe Yamanaka, the vocalist of the Flower Travellin' Band, actor, boxer and many others, is also known as the man who introduced reggae to Japan.He released a promo-only 7" single in the "Reggae Vibration" series, which became a trilogy from 1982.Recorded at Mark Angelo Studios in London with co-producer Gus Anyia, a key figure in the roots reggae band Dambala.The sweet vocals and polyrhythmic rhythms of "Dance To The Reggae" on the A-side will make your body sway involuntarily, and "Reggae Partner" on the B-side is a slower, more mellow tune.The sound quality and artwork is also great.

Flower Travellin' Bandのヴォーカリストや俳優、ボクサーなど様々な経歴を持ちながら日本へレゲエを広めた功労者でも知られるジョー山中。そんな彼が82年から全三部作となる”Reggae Vibration”シリーズの中でリリースしたプロモオンリーの7”シングル。共同プロデューサーにはルーツレゲエバンドDambalaの中心人物Gus Anyiaが参加しロンドンのMark Angelo Studiosにて録音された逸品。甘いヴォーカルにポリリズムの効いたリズムで思わず体が揺れてしまう気持ちよさのA面”Dance To The Reggae”、テンポを落としてメロウなB面”Reggae Partner”。音質、アートワークも素晴らしいです。

A - Dance To The Reggae

B - Reggae Partner