Too Much Iron in the Fire: Anthology

Rodguel "Blackbeard" Sinclair

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Too Much Iron in the Fire: Anthology Review

by Steve Leggett

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 Rodguel "Blackbeard" Sinclair feat: Barry Brown 04:10 Amazon
2 Rodguel "Blackbeard" Sinclair feat: Barry Brown 03:59 Amazon
3 Rodguel "Blackbeard" Sinclair feat: Barrington Levy / Trinity 04:03 Amazon
4 Rodguel "Blackbeard" Sinclair feat: Blackbeard 04:29 Amazon
5 Rodguel "Blackbeard" Sinclair feat: Ken Boothe / Trinity 03:28 Amazon
6 Rodguel "Blackbeard" Sinclair feat: Johnny Clarke 03:11 Amazon
7 Rodguel "Blackbeard" Sinclair feat: Jacob Miller 02:31 Amazon
8 Rodguel "Blackbeard" Sinclair feat: Ronnie Davis 03:29 Amazon
9 Rodguel "Blackbeard" Sinclair feat: Barry Brown / Trinity 03:50 Amazon
10 Rodguel "Blackbeard" Sinclair feat: Wayne Jarrett 03:27 Amazon
11 Rodguel "Blackbeard" Sinclair feat: Johnny Clarke 03:10 Amazon
12 Rodguel "Blackbeard" Sinclair feat: Barry Brown 03:21 Amazon
13 Rodguel "Blackbeard" Sinclair feat: Trinity / Black Uhuru 04:04 Amazon
14 Rodguel "Blackbeard" Sinclair feat: Blackbeard 04:46 Amazon
15
Rodguel "Blackbeard" Sinclair feat: Horace Andy 03:46 Amazon
16 Rodguel "Blackbeard" Sinclair feat: Blackbeard 03:44 Amazon
17 Rodguel "Blackbeard" Sinclair feat: Flick Wilson 03:00 Amazon
18
Rodguel "Blackbeard" Sinclair feat: The Mighty Diamonds 02:48 Amazon
19 Rodguel "Blackbeard" Sinclair feat: Ronnie Davis 03:47 Amazon
20 Rodguel "Blackbeard" Sinclair feat: Jacob Miller 03:43 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

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