Sunday, 16 May 2010

Getting Irie

I hesitated a while before posting this. Not because it isn't brilliantly awful, but because it's not strictly a record. Still, you deserve to hear this.

This is another excellent find from my occasional WWR co-conspirator Ross Hamilton, who writes: "Back in the 1980s my Dad owned a recording studio and not all of the sessions that he recorded were of the highest quality." This particular track came from a cassette (remember those?) which Ross recently re-discovered; one which his "father decided to keep as a reminder of those days."

Ross sent me two tracks from the cassette and today, with his permission, I'm posting the first of those cuts: a fine slice of slow-tempo reggae called I've Lost my Love by Rasta Rudi. "He turned up at the studio with someone else's backing track and recorded his own interesting vocals over the top," Ross explains. "He also brought in his own fan club which consisted of a couple of dancers who would shake their stuff whilst the music played, forgetting that only the producer was watching them in disbelief. I don't have any further information on this guy I am afraid because he seems to have only turned up for this one session. As far as I have been able to find out, this track has never been released in any format."

If anyone knows anything about Rasta Rudi and his stillborn career as a lovers rock singer I'd love to hear from you. But for now, here he is with the jaw-droppingly terrible I've Lost My Love.


  1. That was REALLY bad!!! HIHI!!....just for the record!! .or shall i say TAPE!!! The "sticker" text on the tape is in Swedish!!

  2. Now that really was the Shite!!!
    (I'm afraid to listen to the one below this, but now i must!)

  3. This extremely talented vocalist sounds exceedingly similar to one Mr. Ray Collins, of 1960's Muthers fame. Maybe this was his Reggae attempt back onto the charts. The off-beat "drumming" sounds as if a slow-pitch drum track was also mixed into the music. Nice effect. WAY ahead of it's time. I can only dream of those dancers...


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