Norman Jay MBE – Good Times 30th Anniversary Edition

January 01, 1970

(Strut)

 

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This summer marks the 30th anniversary of the Good Times
Sound System party curated by renowned English DJ Norman Jay MBE. From its
genesis at the Notting Hill Carnival, where it still holds residency today,
Good Times helped in bringing a diverse array of flavors to the root of Sound
System culture’s reggae-centric lean by expanding its boundaries to incorporate
soul, funk, R&B, disco, hip-hop and house into the mix. Since then, Jay’s
talents before the big speakers brought him much exposure throughout the 1980s
and ‘90s, earning him spots spinning rare grooves at such legendary UK clubs as
Shake N’ Fingerpop, High On Hope and Blue Note (then known as the Bass Clef).
In addition, he helped launch the revered Talkin’ Loud record label alongside
fellow jock and BBC legend Gilles Peterson, not to mention the beloved London radio station Kiss
FM.

 

But Good Times will always known as the heart of Norman
Jay’s artistic mojo, and this latest mix on the Strut label is a testament to
the fabled party’s three decades of raising the roof for the British masses.
Within a seamless, continuous blend that defies all aspects of era and genre,
Jay delivers a wild, globetrotting array of flavors. He goes from deep crate
boogie classics like Zalmac’s “Dreamin'” and Terri Wells’ “Who’s That Stranger”
to the New York street corner doo wop of Little Anthony & the Imperials to
late ‘70s Curtis Mayfield without a hint of a hitch. From there, its on to a
dirt floor nugget from reggae great Jacob Miller and then breakbeat jazz by the
criminally underappreciated Attic Tree before rounding home plate with
underground hip-hop with the Basement Khemist and vintage house cuts like The
Detroit Experiment’s “Think Twice” and Fries and Bridges’ Cee Lo-assisted
“Forever This”. And only a DJ with the experienced ear of Norman could succeed
in bringing it all together like a perfect plate of bangers and
mash.

 

 

Supplementing the sounds are a plethora of rare photos
spanning the majority of Norman’s
career on the wheels in addition to an extensive, revelatory interview with the
man himself from Bass Culture author
Lloyd Bradley in the liner notes. This is essential listening for any fan of London’s sound system movement and the uncanny collision
of knowledge and skill from one of the UK’s finest wax chefs.

DOWNLOAD: The whole thing. RON HART

 

 

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