I don’t have as many records as I once did. It’s what happens when you live in a small space and have a life long habit of collecting more stuff. In with the baseball books, out with the records, you know how it goes. I’ve sold some vinyl, and put the majority of them my collection storage, leaving me with just a couple of hundred at the crib. I don’t know if there is a story behind every record I own, at least not a good story, but there usually is a fond memory, so I figure I’d start a new series, highlighting a piece of wax each week.
First up is the dancehall classic Bam Bam performed by Sister Nancy:
It’s been sampled to death, but my favorite treatment is “Just Hangin’ Out” from Main Source’s debut album.
Back before re-issues flooded the market about a decade ago, you actually had to hunt around for records. This one wasn’t that hard to find but it took me a minute. When I found it, the store clerk, a Dub afficiando, sniffed at me. “That isn’t even the best track on the record.” Maybe not. There are a few other good joints. But none as memorable as “Bam, Bam.” Least not for my money.
For a great look at a production pioneer, do yourself a favor and read Dave Tompkins’ thorough look at Paul C.