Music : Reggae : MP3/192Kbps
Curly Locks: Best Of Junior Byles And The Upsetters 1970-1976.
01 - Da Da
02 - Come Da Da (previously unissued extended mix)
03 - Fever
04 - Lick The Pipe Peter (featuring Jah T and Errol Thompson)
05 - A Place Called Africa
06 - Africa Stand (featuring Dennis Alcapone)
07 - Long Way
08 - When Will Better Come (previously unissued alternate mix)
09 - Informer Man
10 - Curly Locks (original version)
11 - Curly Locks #2 (previously unissued version, take 2)
12 - Curly Locks #3 (previously unissued alternate mix)
13 - Fun and Games (previously unissued version, take two)
14 - Education Rock
15 - Got the Tip
16 - What Is This World Coming To (previously unissued, take two)
17 - Demonstration
18 - Cutting Razor (featuring The Versatiles)
19 - Now Generation
20 - Thanks We Get
21 - A Matter Of Time
22 - Are You Leading Me On (previously unissued)
Personnel includes: Junior Byles (vocals); Lee Perry (vocals, drums); Versatiles, Jamaicans, Dennis Alcapone, Jah T (vocals); Peter Tosh, Alva "Reggie" Lewis, Earl "Chinna" Smith, Ernest Ranglin, Robert "Billy" Johnson (guitar); Augustus Pablo (melodica); "Dizzy" Johnny Moore (trumpet); Keith Starling, Gladdy Anderson (piano); Glen Adams (keyboards); Winston Wright (organ, bass); Aston "Family Man" Barrett, Boris Gardiner (bass); Carlton Barrett, Mickey "Boo" Richards (drums); Scratch, Skully, Sticky (percussion).
Producer: Lee Perry
Compilation producers: Chris Wilson and Leroy Pierson.
Recorded at Randy's Studio 17 and Black Art Studio, Kingston, Jamaica. Includes liner notes by Leroy Pierson.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Of all the "rebel singers" (reggae vocalists who primarily sang of societal ills and injustices) who came out of Jamaica in the early '70s, none was as talented or tragic a figure as Junior Byles. Early on, he'd shaped his rich baritone in school and church choirs, constantly looking to make a name for himself on the local scene. Shortly after forming a vocal group called The Versatiles (represented here by the 1973 version of the '60s song "Cutting Razor," which was later re-cut by Peter Tosh as "Stepping Razor"), Byles quickly linked up with famed producer Lee "Scratch" Perry. By 1970, Byles was flying solo and quickly racking up hits on the Jamaican charts, many fueled by his espousal of Rastafarianism.
The songs on CURLY LOCKS speak of African repatriation ("A Place Called Africa"), the quest for righteousness ("Now Generation"), and of the broken promises made by politicians ("When Will Better Come"). It also includes clever covers ("Fever") and other songs about less weighty matters ("Got the Tip," which chronicles a losing day at the racetrack). It is indeed unfortunate that the career of Junior Byles was eventually derailed by physiological problems.