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rf one Vuicaii band, the Gimafons (one Final in a series on the of England's ribst rfespjcted: black bands) in B r i t a i n |>y.VIVtfA>J G L D M A N . have just coibe back fj-orh a toiik of Japan, where they have # ;single inj^the VUL Japanese charts, Vulcan is Jfiso handling 49-53 the Ashanti okalogijw, so w^ now nave Sharon Fonjester. 7 . I•'.' Road, W21 '* By the tjfrue you read this.^ Ms ForresT ,THE TIME Vul ter will hafe performed } a week at the (jan had been ^stabtishbd iri their swanky Penthouse Club, Evidence of the, rather grand offices dn^he way Vulcin artistes are Ipeihg oriented! for precisely six weeks. The.-tofnpany had towards pirestige gjig? 4 not that Count beeji going for- the Same! lengrh of time. Ossie arid th^ Mystic ^Revelation of RastaFounded and run hy.Jjtinior L illcoin and -fari would be put ori. there. Or Ras Websier §crrrovjder, both long-time fix- Michaelj dnd the Sons ,of Negus. They're tures oiji the British reggae scene, coming two of the robtsiest bands you can hear.' j j* * t f • from Trojan and Ashanti Records. Wjeb- both on the Grounation label. ii * i ster is reputedly reggae's foremost' A&R I think it's safe to say that had Vulman. Everybody claims.,to -have discqv- c art/Grouha turn' not 'signed, .those two ered Bob Marley. , but the claimsI m;ide groups, neither of their alburns would i • for Webster ring truer than most.Vhave available , anywhere in this V u l c a n , like Sourifdtracs, is an r! >EROT SMART • ^i ' '" innovatory raggae cqmpiny. What VulK^ndidate. ^They're ridiculously young) to can is aiming at is, it seems to m g v n g •have fjich * tight rhythm section — Ihe reggae a more upfront image. Ofjcourse, lead singer, who also .writes all their matethe- fact that they are backed by ^Phonorials, is 11 if I recall correctly. j gram makes all the difference; to ajn ; i Kahdidate are out touring Universities "extent they have a ready-made machine 1 and * coll leges, though I caugjit them p/ay-1 they can just slot, irjto. Be that as it may, ing in p disco one (night. Raciallk thei're it's stili nothing short of bizarre to receii ' . T * - * - * • *. * . * * _ L » . *L' " ;• a imixe i bag, with i p guy from Sri Lanka, a folder full of biographies and photos of one truje blue British honky. and'a bunch 111 .* reggae artistes. :• of bladk kids frbjn] Brixton. When ttyeyj Vulcan has another la-bel — Groun get their vocals tightened u*p. they're tion. Over to Junior: "We just like goocl going toibe a force to watch out for. .*:-.-•< music" .,. we have two labels, Vulcan, ; , | Vulcan -also arrange one-off deals , ''— ^ :•-•,••-, 1 i i • "ft- y. that concent ra.tes, on building up artiste^, through the bne-offe they/re able to spot 1 i l t * & nt * to .•." .-•. . .-•'• fy.l" -• and Grounation, whic)i caters for the ethafrtists iHey might yi develop in the '*:•-**•.*-. nic market. Grounation gives the smal fuiur^. jbne-off singles artistes include • • • - • .• .•.• • • producer, 1 ,the ypunger aniste. a char

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Cynthia Richards, Leiroy Spiart, and the (in-lmy opinion) wonderful Fred Locks. I I * hope we hear more of Fred Locks. , Other Vulcan alburns of note include their I Roy release. 'Truths And Rights', which hai some good moments .— classic skanking (i,e. talking over tracks). When Vulcan finish their set-up, they'll, have thd most ^ impressive reggae company ces there are — . veritable rival to island's luxury abode. Vulcan have a bnestob record! stack in the offices, enabling •pie to buy direct, as well as j their nogram distribution and vans. ReheYsaI rooms, relaxation rooms ... let's.hope bdfeiness goes well enough -for t^iis progressive company tb be able 'to say in splendour. % i * Junior made a very valid point — "jThej existence of Jamaican music was biased ori the West Indian peopft Hvirig h;re.j They played the most important part ;5n reggae's development because in the days when, the quality of the music 1 was Criticised — and rightly so because it was bad — we were recording on two tracks. , . • But it didn't fnatter to the West Ifidiaii1 people, because every Friday they '" • « « * " J. * would take their pay packets and go into the sfcbbs, and^buy those records. They forme I iani independent market, which allowed;small record companies to form and release records. "Ajittle money went back tb Jamaica, to the producers and the artistes, ana the ' while thing developed and developed and developed...1'*, - 'Sounds*

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paring each speaker to one speciall speaker, and'changing kh^ wires around. Do not reverse the reference speaker again. ; Atfothcr way to the bassj if. w increase w JT"TT. " "T L u^ave 1 "', >° " "W" enclosurt of this type (looki £. . . . . .1 ^ . .. _£"; : f j


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One practical laid .to bette'r sound ts to make $ureitht tHe speakers are "phased" From this article you should1 see that the final link; speakers play la major part if not the I basl will be very, weak, and tht "I i I speakers will iejem to fight each otiher. ilf in the sound that can be. produced from any sound system, and your ears will be you have [two Speakers, put them to deciding factor in choosing any set over aipd play some heavy music thenlshut off set, reverse wires to 1 of the another, keep in mind thai you do not speaHeri , and play again, is the Ibass is I have- '.to buy everything frorn' sho$. For instace, you can buy ispdakf heavier jr^pw, the ~ speakers are ifiow rs " and- leet ' • i * ~ ' t f phase {should be connected likb that M boxes built J by one who 1-ndws how, v^ith quality sound, bo th|| sarne'you supplying the dimensions!, from he, for] * * • .. ' ' —* *. * • * ** •* s many- booljs available at radiio shops, Jon with1 tticr'bther speakers.! if you have more 2 speaker* in your systcfmi corn* .speakers and boxes. Good lucje. b
















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