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Saturday Night Jamdown Style

Ranking Joe

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A truly seminal figure in the development of Jamaican deejay culture, Ranking Joe began performing at the tender age of 15, honing his skills as a microphone controller for Dennis Alcapone’s vaunted El Paso Hi-Fi. He didn’t truly come into his own until the end of the ‘70s, when he adopted the moniker Ranking Joe and began toasting over hard rub-a-dub rhythms provided by producers like Joseph Hookim, Joe Gibbs, and others. Ranking Joe recorded his second proper full-length, Saturday Night Jamdown Style, at Channel One Studio under the supervision of producer Henry “Junjo” Lawes and dub master Scientist. The opening track, “Step It Down Shepherd’s Bush,” was likely inspired by Joe’s experiences performing in London with Jah Screw and the Ray Symbolic soundsystem; it pays tribute to the spread of soundsystem culture to Jamaican communities in the U.K., Canada, and the United States. The remaining tracks, which boast outstanding rhythms from The Roots Radics, are equally accomplished, making Saturday Night Jamdown Style one of Joe’s most invigorating early releases.

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Biography

Born: July 1, 1959 in Kingston, Jamaica

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '70s, '80s

Reggae DJ Ranking Joe was born Joseph Jackson in Kingston on June 1, 1959. Launching his recording career right around the time that the reggae/dub movement began sweeping the world during the mid-'70s, renowned producer Coxsone Dodd took Joe under his wing as he landed a DJ spot with a soundsystem called El Paso Hi-Fi. With Dodd overseeing Joe's early sessions, a debut single was issued in 1975 (under the name of Little Joe), "Gun Court." From there, Joe branched out and worked with a variety of...
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