After three years of blogging on this site this could – I think – be the first medley to be posted.
To many people I guess Aswad are best known for their late 80s pop period, but when I was growing up in West London in the late seventies they, along with the Clash were the two ‘local’ cutting edge Westway bands mixing music and politics.
This is a live recording from their legendary 1983 appearance at the Notting Hill Carnival. Roy was nominating Thin Lizzy’s Live & Dangerous as the greatest live album of all time last week. Well, Aswad’s Live & Direct would be my choice.
Although I never got to see The Clash live, I did see Aswad at least twice in their prime and their ability to create dub and scratch effects live was legendary. This medley mashes up dub, reggae and soca with a legendary horn section. Performing to a time limit, this is arguably the dub equivalent of Queen at Live Aid – just mash up all your best bits in a crowd-pleasing medley. Turn this up loud.
Over to Andy, Roy, Gerard, Sindy & Anne for their picks for today.