Rodguel "Blackbeard" Sinclair

Too Much Iron in the Fire: Anthology

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Rodguel "Blackbeard" Sinclair, older brother of Tapper Zukie, is one of the most unassuming of Jamaica's great reggae producers, and he continues to issue occasional singles on his Mr. Tipsy label some 30 years after he began as an apprentice to Bunny Lee. Blackbeard productions feature solid singing and bright, dub-like textures, and while there is nothing particularly innovative or experimental about them, their consistent high quality is a trademark of sorts in the here today and gone tomorrow world of the ever-shifting Jamaican music industry. This double-disc collection from Sanctuary/Trojan is the first extended release of Blackbeard's work on CD, and it shows a producer who knows his performers well, and always puts the spotlight on the song itself. Among the standout tracks here are Barrington Levy's bright, accomplished "You Say Me Say," Johnny Clarke's fine cover of Dennis Brown's "Wolves and Leopards," Ronnie Davis' "Inna Dis Yah Time," and the beautiful vocals of the Mighty Diamonds on "Jah Jah Bless." There are a few straight dub tracks scattered through the set, but Blackbeard's A-sides have such a dub feel in the first place that they seem to blend right in, giving this anthology the seamless feel of a bright summer's afternoon.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
feat: Barry Brown
04:10 Amazon
2
feat: Barry Brown
03:59 Amazon
3 04:03 Amazon
4
feat: Blackbeard
04:29 Amazon
5 03:28 Amazon
6 03:11 Amazon
7
feat: Jacob Miller
02:31 Amazon
8
feat: Ronnie Davis
03:29 Amazon
9 03:50 Amazon
10 03:27 Amazon
11 03:10 Amazon
12
feat: Barry Brown
03:21 Amazon
13 04:04 Amazon
14
feat: Blackbeard
04:46 Amazon
15
feat: Horace Andy
03:46 Amazon
16
feat: Blackbeard
03:44 Amazon
17
feat: Flick Wilson
03:00 Amazon
18
02:48 Amazon
19
feat: Ronnie Davis
03:47 Amazon
20
feat: Jacob Miller
03:43 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:19 Amazon
2
feat: Barry Brown
03:55 Amazon
3 03:48 Amazon
4
feat: Horace Andy
03:45 Amazon
5 02:56 Amazon
6 03:28 Amazon
7
feat: Ronnie Davis
02:57 Amazon
8
04:11 Amazon
9 03:46 Amazon
10
feat: Blackbeard
03:39 Amazon
11 03:25 Amazon
12 03:07 Amazon
13
feat: Ronnie Davis
03:36 Amazon
14
feat: Barry Brown
02:48 Amazon
15
feat: Trinity
04:15 Amazon
16
feat: Blackbeard
03:57 Amazon
17
feat: Jimmy Riley
03:57 Amazon
18
feat: Blackbeard
03:46 Amazon
19
feat: Trinity
03:34 Amazon
20
feat: Blackbeard
04:08 Amazon
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