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9 Jun 2017

The Pioneers "Pusher Man” 1978 Jamaica Reggae Trojan Label

The Pioneers  "Pusher Man” 1978 Jamaica  Reggae Trojan Label
All the cops are looking for the drug dealer! It was with this chorus, and with this cover, that the Pioneers recorded the sound that marks the title of this album released in 1978 by Trojan and that made the trio to enter once in the roots era of reggae

Many know with another cover. But this is the original Trojan art. The other, a yellow one with them sitting at the table, was based on Squad Disco label and has two less songs. I particularly prefer the original, which has more to do with the proposed album and not the three band members as users.

In spite of the confusion with the names Soulmates, Slickers and Reggae Boys, the Pioneers were a group with some different members and always maintaining the format of vocal trio. Overall, they are known for their latest and most enduring lineup, with George Dekker, Sydney Crooks and Jackie Robinson.

The three are still alive and two of them live in Brazil, in São Luís do Maranhão, of course. George Dekker and Sydney Crooks, by the way, will go out in a carnival block there, as usual.

Sydney Crooks and his brother, Derrick Crooks, teamed up with a friend, Winston Hewitt to start with the Pioneers in 1962 on Treasure Isle.

The first singles "Good Nanny" and "I'll Never Come Running Back to You" were recorded with money borrowed from the mother of the Crooks, who bet on the singing career of their children. The compact with these songs came out on the Caltone label. Other singles were released later and none reached success.

In 1966, Hewitt traveled to Canada and was replaced by Glen Adams, who at the time was in the Heptons. The Pioneers continued without much success and even ended, with Sydney leaving for the musical production and his brother going to work in a bauxite mining company.

In this stage of producer, Sydney tightened the bonds with also producer Joe Gibbs and went to work in his studio. Gibbs did the right job and encouraged Crooks to return with the Pioneers, who went on to record the Amalgamated label. In the meantime Glen Adams left the group and went to work with Ken Boothe and Crooks' brother did not return to the venture.

The "story" day that says Sydney Crooks came out one day from the studio and saw a young man sitting on the sidewalk. He asked him to sing a verse from the song 'Give Me Little Loving' and Crooks said at the time, 'You're a Pioneer.' His name was Jackie Robinson. The pioneers then temporarily became a duet.

After recording with Gibbs some successes like Longshot, Jackpot and Catch the Beat, the Pioneers went to work with producer, the Chinese Leslie Kong, the same that produced Pressure Drop of Toots & Maytals. At that time they met George Dekker who became part of the group making the Pioneers again a Vocal trio.

Summarizing the story. This training lasts until today with possible presentations around the world. During the trajectory, they passed through diverse Jamaican rhythms. The fame of the Pioneers in England made them participate intensely in Skinhead Reggae.

After this euphoria and when they returned to Jamaica, they recorded this album that takes the most classic footprint of Jamaican roots................

Back in Jamaica at this week's Discolized, with true and original roots reggae! Pioneers was a Jamaican reggae trio formed in the early 1960s by Winston Hewitt and the brothers Sydney and Derrick Crooks. As the name suggests, they really were one of the pioneers in the roots reggae.

The band was also very popular in the UK, especially among skinheads. The single "Long Shot Kick Bucket" became a milestone in the 'skinhead reggae' (for those who do not know, this term actually exists). The 'skinhead reggae' is for many people the best period of reggae. During these years (late 60's), Jamaican producers made commercial music to please their new English audience, such Skinheads, and that's why it came to be called Skinhead Reggae.

For those who do not know it again, the Skinhead culture at its beginning, then, had nothing to do with racism or any discriminatory way, but rather with loving Jamaican music, dancing more than everyone else and having a peculiar way of dressing, It is even ironic that a culture that emerged in the 1980s became "neo-Nazi skinheads," the complete opposite, but ultimately.

Shortly after this period of skinhead reggae, Jamaica realized that it was exporting a lot of music and even forgetting about its own audience, that's where the roots reggae came about. Roots (in Portuguese, root), is the sound made by the Jamaicans to the Jamaicans themselves. Pioneers has gone through all these phases of reggae, making a unique sound, both for Jamaica and for other countries.

Returning to talk about Pioneers at the beginning of the roots reggae scene, follows their "Pusher Man" album, released in 1978. The cover speaks a little on its own, "Pusher Man" is a term that means "dealer." And it is worth highlighting several sounds of this album, some in videos for those who want to check before downloading. ♫ "Everybody looking for the pusher man .... The pusher man!" ♫ or who knows ♫ "Feeling high, so high, I wanna touch the sky!" ..........

A1 Bus Them Shut
A2 Ahuma
A3 Ghetto
A4 Pusher Man
A5 Ohio
B1 Move With The Time
B2 Raindrops
B3 Samfi Man
B4 Goodnight My Love

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