Cornell Campbell’s “I Man A The Stall-A-Watt”- Out this Friday, July 19th
|Cornell Campbell’s I Man A The Stall-A-Watt, out this Friday, July 19th, is a “definitive look at one of reggae’s great singers in his prime.” I Man A The Stall-A-Watt will be available on a double CD set includes extensive liner notes, high-quality single vinyl LP, and all major streaming platforms. |
I Man A The Stall-A-Watt collects 32 tracks across two CDs (13 tracks on 1 vinyl LP), highlighting the singer’s prominence in the golden era of reggae from the early 70s to early 80s. The title is a boast from the early soundclash era when many of Campbell’s tracks, here produced primarily by Bunny Lee, would play first on King Tubby’s Home Town Hi-Fi in Jamaica.
The songs run the range from clash-ready standards like “Mash You Down” and “The Gorgon” to cultural commentaries like “Jah Jah Me Horn Yah” and “Bandulu” to a lover’s masterpiece, “The Investigator,” which leads off the set. Stretching into the early 80s, the collection includes two originals that would spawn countless reinterpretations, “Rope In” and “Boxing Around.”
Cornell Campbell was born in Jamaica in 1948. Cornell became known for his proclaimed lover rock hits like “Queen of the Minstrels” and “Stars,”. However, in 1975 he transformed to a more explicit Rastafarian approach of records like “Natty Dread in a Greenwich Farm” and “Natural Fact,” both of which emerged among his biggest hits to date. He was best known for the series of “The Gorgon” a legendary smash which produced a series of hit sequels. Still remaining active, Cornell continues to tour the world.