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Jah Stitch
Original Ragga Muffin

The original raggamuffin who came back from being shot in the head to make some deep cultural deejay music at the studio of King Tubby, produced by Striker Lee and Yabby U. The package includes a candid interview from Stitch together with many rare photographs.

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 Ragga Muffin Style Sample! 

1Give Jah the Glory
2African People (3 in 1)
3Ragga Muffin Style
4Zion Gate / Every Wicked Have To Crawl
5Watch Your Step Youthman
6Crazy Joe
7No Dread Can't Dead
8Sinners Repent Your Soul
10Militant Man
11Real Born African
12Cool Down Youthman
13African Queen
14King Of The Arena

What the press say:

Another crucial revival package from Blood & Fire, a label fast becoming the Jurassic Park of reggae due to their talent for bringing dinosaurs magically back to life. Old-time toaster Jah Stitch began his career with the Tippertone and Black Harmony sound-systems before cutting his first sides for Flabba Holt and the ubiquitous Bunny "Striker" Lee, who contributes the majority of tracks here, some taken from the dee-jay's No Dread Can't Dead album. The exceptions are Judgement and Black Is Our Colour version African Queen, both produced by Vivian Yabby U Jackson. One of a number of cultural Dee-Jays who rose to prominence in Big Youth's slipstream circa 1976 - with Jah Yout' subsequently replacing him as Tippertones lead MC - Stitch had the distinct advantage of riding some of the era's toughest rhythms. Watch Your Step Youthman and Crazy Joe are both cuts to Johnny Clarke's Crazy Baldhead and it's the famed Jamaican rootsman's vocals behind former UK single Militant Man, Sinners Repent Your Soul, King of the Arena and Real Born African, the latter being versions to Death in the Arean and the classic We Are Africans respectively. Cool Down Youthman is a dee-jay cut to Linval Thompson's Cool Down Your Temper whilst Ragga Muffin Style strides majestically over the rhythm track to Horace Andy's Money Money. Just to whet the appetite of revival fans even more, it should be pointed out that Every Wicked Have to Crawl arrives complete with vocal cut, which happens to be Horace's sublime Zion Gate - surely one of Bunny Lee's finest ever productions. African People (3 in 1) is a toast to his piece of Declaration of Rights whilst the opening Give Jah the Glory - a tune which led to Stitch and Big Youth falling out - is a wicked interpretation of Burning Spear's Wadada. If that's not enough to tempt you, then what is? The final track is No Dread Can't Dead, a song with Cornell Campbell's vocals soaring heavenwards in the mix and one which marked Stitch's comeback after miraculously surviving a shot to the head in a Kingston street dispute. It changed his voice (and appearance!) as you'd expect, but with no serious consequence where recording was concerned. This story and other intimate recollections of the period are contained in the accompanying booklet - now a standard feature of Blood & Fire releases and once again immaculately presented by Steve Barrow. Original raggamuffins can't miss. John Masouri - Echoes, April '96

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