The Cobbs - Joe Gibbs Mood / Hot Buttered Corn - HSRSS-0007 - Presale
Record label: Harlem Shuffle Records - Format: 7" vinyl 45 RPM - Pre-sale only Release May 18, 2021
- THE COBBS - JOE GIBBS MOOD / HOT BUTTERED CORN -
7' Vinyl Loud Cut Record
PRE-SALE ONLY - OFFICIAL RELEASE: MAY 18, 2021
TWO HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE 60S REGGAE INSTRUMENTAL KILLERS
BY THE COBBS!
aka the 1970s CHANEL ONE STUDIO BAND
Initially published on Trojan‘s Amalgamated label in 1969 and never repressed since.
7' vinyl record 45 RPM - LOUD CUT
ABOUT THE COBBS:
The mysterious and hugely talented COBBS recorded only 4 instrumental tracks in 1969. These 4 tracks were produced by Joe Gibbs - in his recording studio in Kingston, Jamaica. They were initially published on the Amalgamated Records label in the U.K. in 1969 on 4 distinct E.P.s. shared with other artists from the label.
As a band, The Cobbs are virtually unknown today but its members were in fact the "creme de la creme" of Jamaican musicians at the time.
All four were members of the Revolutionaries i.e. the 1970s CHANEL ONE studio band. Check this line-up:
Sly Dunbar: Drums
Rad Bryan: Guitar
Ranchie McLean: Bass
Ansel Collins: Keyboards
With such musicianship, it is really unfortunate that only 4 songs, all instrumentals and all cracking tracks, were ever recorded by The Cobbs. Their compositions were distinctly creative, driven by a big organ sound, heavy rhythms and an unstoppable energy. Unknown and underrated, The Cobbs were a formidable Reggae powerhouse for a short time at the end of the 60s.
Until now The Cobbs tracks have never been released on a single of their own.
Today, Harlem Shuffle Records is proud to present TWO of The Cobbs rarest killer tracks "JOE GIBBS MOOD" and "HOT BUTTERED CORN" together on a dedicated 7' single for the first time.
About Joe Gibbs and Amalgamated Records:
Founded in 1966 by Joel Gibson (a.k.a. Joe Gibbs) at his radio and TV repair shop on Beeston Street in Kingston, Amalgamated became one of the fastest-rising labels in correlation with the uprising of Rocksteady music. Though the credits read "Produced By Joel Gibson", production was actually handled by Lee "Scratch" Perry for the first two years, followed by Winston "Niney" Holness who took over for the following six years.
In U.K. Trojan setup yet another Amalgamated Records label dedicated to Joe Gibbs productions. All 4 tracks were released on the U.K. Amalgamated label in 1969.
About the Cobbs:
Drummer, composer/ producer
Dunbar began playing at 15 in a band called The Yardbrooms. His first appearance on a recording was on the Dave Barker and Ansell Collins' Double Barrel album.
Later Dunbar joined yet another band with Ansell Collins called Skin, Flesh and Bones and the Revolutionaries.
In 1972, Dunbar became friends with Robbie Shakespeare, who was then bass guitarist for the Hippy Boys. Dunbar and Shakespeare started performing together and recorded five albums with Peter Tosh. Over the years, they also produced and recorded with many international celebrities including Madonna, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stones, Grace Jones, Joan Armatrading, Gilberto Gil, Joe Cocker, Serge Gainsbourg, Simply Red, Sting, Carlos Santana, Sinéad O'Connor and others...
A multi-talented artist, Rad was a session guitarist who also wrote and sang his own songs. He was a member of the Impact All Stars, Skin Flesh and Bones, and the Revolutionaries to name a few with Ranchie Mc Lean, Sly Dunbar and Ansell Collins. He wrote, sang and recorded many nice tracks including "I'll Be Right There" , "Just Do The Right Things", the lovely "My Best Girl" and the sublime "Girl You Rock My Soul"...
Another multi-talented artist Ranchie was a bass guitarist in the Studio 1 session band The Revolutionaries with Sly Dunbar, Rad Bryan and Ansell Collins. He sang under the name Ranchie on several singles by Skin, Flesh and Bones and by the Revolutionaries.
Keyboards (organ & piano)/composer/singer
Initially a drummer, Ansel Collins moved to keyboards in the mid-1960s. He played on several Maytals hits before getting his first and biggest hit with the song Double Barrell (with Dave Barker) which reached number 1 in the U.K. in 1971. His keyboard playing at the time exemplified the Skinhead reggae style. Collins is also a producer and has released many solo records, including single sides "Cock Robin", "Atlantic One", "Stalag" and "Nuclear Weapon" between 1969 and 1971, as well as a handful of later albums. He was a member of 1970s Channel One studio band The Revolutionaries, as well as the Impact All Stars and Sugar Minott's Black Roots Players, performing on many of the classic songs of the roots reggae era. He continued to record during the 1980s, as a session musician, and also released several solo albums. Ansel has worked with virtually every big name on the Jamaican scene from the end of the sixties up to now whereas he continues to produce music. His contribution to Jamaican music is simply immeasurable...
Many thanks to Ansel Collins for providing the information regarding The Cobbs line-up...
Title: "JOE GIBBS MOOD" Artist: THE COBBS - 1969
Genre: Medium tempo 60’s Reggae/Boss Sound
Written by Ansel Collins.
Initially released as a B side for Ken Parker "Only Yesterday" on The Amalgamated label in 1969, this rare and enthralling instrumental brilliantly showcases Ansel Collins unique sense of intricate melodies and his mastery at the organ. This very much in demand gem is a Reggae organ bliss and an absolute must!
Title: "HOT BUTTERED CORN" - Artist: THE COBBS - 1969
Genre: medium tempo 60’s Reggae/Boss Reggae
Initially released on a B side for Count Machukie "Machukie's Cooking" on the Amalgamated label in 1969, this very rare track has never been repressed since.
HOT BUTTERED CORN is a wild organ / drums driven killer-diller instrumental. Ansel Collins keyboard playing on this track exemplifies the Skinhead reggae style and it is a prime example of the very best Boss Reggae instrumentals of the time.
A rare gem indeed and a perfect companion to the A side!