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ARTIST
TITLE
Hard Times
FORMAT
LP

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KSLP 028LP KSLP 028LP
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RELEASE DATE
6/24/2014

LP version. 2011 release. Dillinger is one of the most consistently successful DJs to come out of Jamaica, fondly remembered for his massive "Cocaine in My Brain" hit from the great CB 200 album and the later-reworked "Marijuana in My Brain," which gave Dillinger crossover hits in both England and Europe. But the versatile DJ has many more strings to his bow. Dillinger (born Lester Bullocks, 1953 Kingston, Jamaica) began his musical venture around 1971, working as a DJ to Sound Systems run by Prince Jackie and El Brasso. 1974 saw his first vinyl release in the form of Freshly for producer Yabby U and in 1975 he came out with the great Brace a Boy for the young Mr. Augustus Pablo. But his first album release was through Coxsone Dodd's Studio One set-up, where he let Dillinger fire some vocals over classic rocksteady rhythms. It took the form of "Ready Natty Dreadie." It was his time at Joseph "Jo Jo" Hookim's Channel One Studio that produced his second album set, the timeless 1976 classic CB 200. It contained three big singles in "Plantation Heights," "Cocaine in My Brain" and "Crank Face." The reworked "Marijuana in My Brain" even became a #1 hit in Holland in 1979. This set of tunes come from his classic '70s period when Dillinger could do no wrong. Alongside the big "Cocaine" and "Marijuana" hits, the great opening track "Love Is All I Bring" sees him working over Alton Ellis' "Still in Love With You," which Itself turned into "3 Piece Suite." On "Money Alone Is Not All" he works over Barry Brown's "Mr. Money Man," and on "Hear and Deaf" he works over Johnny Clarke's "Nobodies Business." "King Pharaoh Was a Baldhead" has him working Frankie Jone's "Jesse Black" cut. "Concubine" reworks the Mighty Diamond's "Mother Winney" and "Time So Hard" sees Dillinger telling it like it is over Ronnie Davis' original " Time So Hard" cut, empathizing the points in fine style. A classic set of tunes from the master of rhyme himself.