Declaration Of Rights (Collins)
Good Lord (D Manning, Mortimor Planner)
Forward To Zion (Collins)
Know Jah Today (Collins)
Abendigo (L Manning)
Yi Mas Gan (L Manning)
Black Man Strain (B Collins)
I & I (L Manning)
African Race (D Manning)
Satta Massagana (Collins, L&D Manning)
Note: When this was issued by Heartbeat in the U.S., it was titled Satta Massagana and had four extra tracks, Leggo Beast, Peculiar Number, Reason Time, and There Is No End. It has also been issued as a pirate copy on the Azul label in the US (AZ 2000) distributed by Magic Fire Record, Bronx, N.Y.
Oh Lord (D Manning)
This Land Is For Everyone (Collins)
Mightiest Of All (L Manning)
Meditation (D Manning)
Wicked Men (a.k.a. Leggo Beast) (Collins)
Jah Loves (L Manning)
Dem A Come (D Manning)
South African Enlistment (Collins)
Hey You (L Manning)
Let My Days Be Long (Collins)
Also issued by Virgin Front Line, CDFL 9010 (1990). Same tracks, but different order than the Blue Moon Productions edition. "Wicked Men" and "Let My Days Be Long" are earlier recordings remade for this set. The original release is on Virgin (matrix ???).
Forward Jah (Collins)
This Is Not The End (L Manning)
Satta Massagana (D & L Manning, Collins)
Mabrak (D & L Manning, Collins)
Forward Onto Zion (Collins)
Praise Him (Collins)
Peculiar Number (D Manning)
Peculiar Dub (D Manning)
Jerusalem (D Manning)
The third album in reality, though the second legit release. This is a collection from different periods, similar to the next piece listed. "This Is Not The End" and "Peculiar Number" are presented in beautiful discomix style. "Satta Massa Ganna" and "Forward Onto Zion" are from the "Clive Hunt sessions." This was their first legit appearance after the Azul pirate album. "Mabrak" is an important track as Donald Manning explained, they recut it to correct the misused Amharic on the original. It is presented in a spoken word format -- very unusual. The Musidisc cd is well mastered with a superphat bass eq.
Leggo Beast (Collins, 1972)
Let's My Days Be Long (Collins, 1971)
Satta-Amassa-Gana (Collins, D Manning, 1969)
Jason White (D Manning, 1976 )
Reason Time (L Manning, 1972)
Crashie Sweeps (Collins, 1974)
Jerusalem (Collins, D & L Manning, 1969)
Satta-Me-No-Born-Ya (Collins, 1976)
Love Comes And Goes (Collins, 1976)
Tenayistillin (L Manning, 1976)
A somewhat rare and absolutely crucial disc. Note that "Let My Days Be Long" sounds so similar to "Jason White" that it could easily be taken for a re-voicing of the same master tape. However, differences subtle yet clear indicate that it is an almost identical retake of the rhythm. According to the notes, the first cut was released in 71 and the second in 76. The are obviously the same session. I assume by the style and year of release that "Leggo Beast" and "Reason Time" are the same session as well. Clearly, "Crashie Sweeps" is a revoicing of "Jerusalem," and "Satta-Me-No-Born-Ya" is a revoice of "Satta." This is still the only place to get the original vocal of "Satta" on cd.
Come Along (L Manning) *
Do Good (D Manning) *
Ethiopia (D Manning) *
Power Over Evil (D Manning)
Arise (L Manning) *
Holy Man (D Manning)
Wolves (L Manning) *
Child Abuse (D Manning)
Smokey Joe (L D Manning) *
In A Kalda (D Manning)
19.95 + Tax (D Manning) *
A No So (D Manning)
The Right (Abba)
Reissued as REUNION by Artists Only Records (AOR5, 1998). It does not contain the tracks "Come Along," "Do Good," "A No So," and "Kalda Version," but has a track "Say It Again," not on the original. Sadly, neither of these CDs has "Last Days," "Swing Low" or "African Princess," which are the last uncollected tracks of the original Abyssinians and could have been used with those marked* for an all Linford, Donald, Bernard album. All of the * tracks were recorded for the 1989 reunion.
Soon We'll Be Free
When You're Down
Last Days was recorded between 1988 and 1994. It contains "Last Days" and "African Princess" from the last sessions of the original Abyssinians in 1988. The more recent cuts feature harmonies by George Henry, who sang harmony on the original "Declaration of Rights," recorded for Coxson Dodd's Studio One in 1970.
The album is arranged and produced by Bernard Collins and Andy Bassford. It was recorded at HC&F Studio, Free Port, Long Island, USA and Tuff Gong Intl, Kingston, JA.
Musicians: Andy Bassford, Familyman Barrett, Val Douglas, Lloyd Parks on bass; Mikey Boo Richards, Devon Richardson, Bernard Powell on drums; Cat Coore, Chinna Smith, Andy Bassford, Dalton Browne on lead guitar; Harry T Powell, Junior Wedderburn, Bongo Herman, Job, Jah Tess on repeater drum; Bernard Collins, Andy Bassford, Howard Brown, Winston 'Bo Pee' Bowen on rhythm guitar; Harry T Powell and Bongo Herman on other percussion; Andy Bassford, Bubbler Waul, Diavallan Fearon, Robbie Lyn, Wire Lindo on keyboards; Robbie Lyn & Diavallan Fearon on vibraphone; Bobby Ellis & Dave Madden on trumpet; Glen DaCosta on tenor sax; Everton Gayle on alto sax; Vin Gordon & Barry Bailey on trombone; Dean Fraser on soprano sax; Glen DaCosta on flute; Anthony Forrest, George Henry, Melvin Trusty, Susan Wallace, Lauren Bradt, Susan Hochstein on harmony vocals.
African Princess/Version *
Decraration Of Rights/Version
DECLARATION OF RIGHTS STUDIO I SO 0057A 69
Let My Days Be Long/Version *
LOVE COMES AND GOES -- CLINCH MML 2402A 1975
Love Comes And Goes (released on Tommy Cowan's Arab-label in 1975)
Poor Jason White/Version
PROPHESY CLINCH BC 3033-A
REASON TIME -- CLINCH MML 2403A 75
Reason Time (Federal Records 1974)
SATTAMASSAGANNA -- CLINCH FLM 7806
Satta Massagana/Charming Version
Satta Amassa Gana/Version
Satta Me No BornYa/Version
Swing Low -- CLINCH *
This Land For Everyone/Version
This Land Is Foe Everyone (Clinch) 7"
Tenayistillin -- CLINCH
Tenayistillin (Abyssinians Roots) Disco 45 US 12" pressing bw/ "Disco Beat" (Jam Sounds All Stars)
Tenayistillin -- Wandimae (recorded for Geoffrey Chung/Clive Hunt in 1975 and probably released in the same year too)
Y Mas Gan --- Matador (released in 1973 on Matador's Secret Agent-label in Jamaica, and on the Harry J-label in the UK)
> Jerusalem -- Music City 7" ??
> Mabrak -- Music City 7" ??
> Satta A Massa Gana -- Music City 7" ??
Click here for Clinch Records catalog, as provided by Bernard Colllins
* The Last Days, African Princess, and Swing Low are among a set of tracks recorded in the late 80s as the last of the original Abyssinians. The rest, to my knowlege, have been collected on the Donald Manning released album 19.95+Tax. The album Reunion has some, but not all of the same.
Swing Low/Buck You Toe
I Pray Thee/Dreader Than Dread
I Saw Esaw/Version
Cool It - Tony Tough
Dreader Than Dread - Big Youth *
I Saw E Saw - Dillinger *
I Pray Thee - Big Youth *
Mabrak - Abyssinians *
Mandela - Tommy McCook *
Night In Ethiopia - Jackie Mittoo
Thanks to Remco Andringa in the Netherlands for contributing to this list.