25 Jan 2023


Nice Frankie good vibes

The re-release of a hard to find 1970s Roots vocal album from Jah Frankie Jones.

'Introducing Frankie Jones, a name soon to be on the lips of many rocker fan's. Up until now, Frankie has been turning his talent to writing hit songs for Leroy Smart. Now Frankie is coming forward to the front line and strongly developing his own vocal talent.

After you've had the pleasure of listening to this album of Frankie's first collection. This I'm sure you'll want to hear much more from this gifted new artist.' -Orignal liner notes

'This album is the first in a series of re-release Bunny Lee produced albums from the mid 1970's that originally appeared on the UK Third World/Live & Love labels. The album dates from 1977 and has been re-released with the original track running order and original/revised LP art-work courtesy of 'Beardfreak' at Cold Clarity imaging. All mid 70's Roots tracks produced by Bunny 'Striker' Lee, in JA. The tracks mixed by Prince Jammy and recorded at Harry J's studio JA.'

Classic picture of Frankie Jones, Prince Jazzbo and a youth in front of Channel One studios 1984

'Frankie Jones was more obscure but he was a fine singer in his days' -cky12qxz

Frankie Jones (reggae singer)

Frankie Jones, also known as Jah Frankie Jones, is a Jamaican reggae singer best known for his recordings of the late 1970s and 1980s.

Jones was born in the Greenwich Farm area of Kingston. He had his first hit in the late 1970s with "Sweeten My Coffee", recorded at Channel One Studios, and also recorded for Bunny Lee, Lee producing his debut album Satta An Praise Jah, released in 1977. He also recorded for Bertram Brown's Freedom Sounds label in the late 1970s. In 1984 he had several hits including "Settle for Me", "Modelling Girl", and the same another album was released, a split Showdown with Michael Palmer. Another split album, with Patrick Andy, was released in 1985, along with the album Settlement. In 1986 Trojan Records released a collection of earlier Keith Wignall-produced recordings as The Best of Frankie Jones volume one. Jones also recorded for Prince Jammy, and George Phang. The latter producing his 1986 album Old Fire Stick. Another split album was released in 1986, the Hell in the Dance set split with Pad Anthony, on which the singers were backed by the Roots Radics.

Jah Frankie Jones – Satta An Praise Jah

Label: Striker Lee – RRTLP 023, Reggae Retro Records – RRTLP 023, Gadd 59 Music – RRTLP 023
Format: Digital, Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition, Numbered, Reissue
Country: UK
Released: 1977 / 2011
Style: Reggae, Roots Reggae

1. Time Is The Master 3:34
2. Jessy Black 2:48
3. Rasta Children 3:18
4. Hungryman Is A Angry Man 3:25
5. Stepout A Babylon 3:12
6. King Pharoh 3:04
7. Africa Is For The Blacks 3:05
8. Satta And Praise Jah 3:30
9. Jah Bless You Girl 3:26
10. Love Is The Foundation 3:29
Bonus Tracks
11. War Is Over 2:59
12. Give A Helping Hand (feat. Trinity) 3:01

Companies, etc.
Recorded At – Harry J's Recording Studio
Mixed At – King Tubby's Studio
Mastered At – Gadd 59 Studio

Arranged By – Bunny "Striker" Lee
Bass – Lloyd Parks, Robbie Shakespeare
Drums – Carlton "Santa" Davis, Sly Dunbar
Lead Guitar – Earl "Chinna" Smith
Mixed By – Prince Jammy
Organ – Ansel Collins, Bernard "Touter" Harvey
Percussion – Barny Bass, Skullie
Piano – Johnnie Clarke, Aussie "Nogo" Herbert, Tarzan (Alias Cripple)
Producer – Bunny "Striker" Lee
Remastered By – Phillip "Gadd59" Whittaker
Rhythm Guitar – Booffa, Tony Chinn
Written-By – Bunny "Striker" Lee, Frankie Jones