DEB Music 12″s

Promo letter from the UK office of  label/production vehicle.

Promo letter from the UK office of Dennis Brown’s DEB imprint/production vehicle.

I’m a fan of Crown Prince of Reggae Dennis Emmanuel Brown’s (DEB, geddit?) late 70s roots productions like Visions of and Joseph’s Coat of Many Colours as well as dub albums Umoja and 20th Century DEBwise, so was more than happy to part with a pound for each of Brown’s attempts to crack the UK commercial coconut. The fact that these original DEB 12″ Disco 45s are UK press probably makes them less collectible, but better manufactured/sounding; that’s a compromise I’m happy to make.
SAM_0242JUNIOR DELGADO & RAS BUG – “Warrior” b/w  DEB PLAYERS – “Version” (DEB 026) (1979) — Extended cut by the Dennis Brown protegé, complete with toast on the first side, dub on the bee.

SAM_0245BLACK HARMONY – “Since You’ve Been Gone” b/w DEB Players – “Version” (DEB 029) (1979) – Chirpy girl group reggae. Not to be confused with the Rainbow hit of the same year.SAM_0243Ernest Wilson – “If I Were a Carpenter” b/w Ras Bug – “Brave Ethiopian” (DEB 028) (1979) – Soulful version of the Tim Hardin classic (here, uncredited), sung with great gusto by Wilson. Brown takes some cheeky writing credit for the dub/DJ cut on the flip. Produced by the label head.SAM_0241George Burrell – “Drop Me a Line” b/w “Letter” (DEB 032) (1979?) – Early Lovers rock with a very peculiar “Heroes”/E-Bow type guitar solo. “Letter” is the version.

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