Record label: Harlem Shuffle Records Format: 7" vinyl 45 RPM - official reissue - on sale.
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Although one of the greatest Reggae female vocalists, little is known about Nora Dean. She recorded solo and also as a member of The Soulettes, The Ebony Sisters and The Soul Sisters. Nora's most known song "Barbwire" was a number one hit in 1969. Her songs today are considered great classics among early Reggae fans.
As both sides of this single shows, Nora was without doubt one of the greatest Jamaican voices ever.
"Peace begins within" is a beautiful uptempo early Reggae masterpiece where Nora Dean's vocal ability really shows. It is an unusual song depicting in a few words the hard reality of life, on a very uplifting early Reggae beat. Brilliant track! The original single is one of the most sought after Reggae 7" vinyl ever with a price tag of about 900 dollars a piece if you can ever find one. Now yours at 10.25. Music back to the people!
We wanted to do something very special about this release so on the B side we opted for the wonderful "Ay Ay Ay Ay".
"Ay Ay Ay Ay" is yet another unusual track, a very Jamaican song although not Reggae per se - wonderfully weird where Nora sings, moans, laughs, shrieks, whistles, delivering one of her most compelling vocal performance on a background of tribal drums and hypnotic guitar. Irresistible!!