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A compiling The Jamaican 'Wallers': Fresh and Fun Sound Performance Of'Boris'

By PETER COWAN . there. SUff Writer Lead sinner Bob Marley Some of the most intoxicatfunned the Wallers nine years ing music to be heard in ago. They became one of Jat The "original ca>l" finally recent memory wait produced maica's most popular groups. •got together for the third "Bo- by (he Waiters from Jamaica, But it took an American singtit Uodunov" last Friday who debuted at the Matrix er, Johnny Nash, who had a night at the. San Francisco last weekend. , big hit with a reggae-type . -Opera, with the substitute tune. "I Can See Clearly The bix men mounted the mwm Gwendolyn Killebrew Now." to bring world attenstatic late Saturday night, but giving way to. the originally tion to Marley and his band. any drowsiness was dispelled . • announced soprano, Evelyn Nash had a second hil with Lear, fm- the role of Marina. the minute they began laying MarlcyVStirll Up." It's a mill-range p,irt. ame- down the music called reggae. nable to both species of sing- Reggae was last year's fash.Other Wallers include: Peer. Apparently, it's also aine- '.ionable new Wave. A popular ter Mclntosh on guitar, Aston nable to widely different in- movie was made about it, Barrett on bass, Carlton Barmany rock groups and solo terpretations. rett on drums, Joe Higgs oa Miss Lear played the con- artists flocked to Kingston for congas, Rasta-drum and Urnsession men who had that niving, ambitious throne-hopbales and Karl Lindo on keyper like a haughty lady, de- sound as a result, we experiboards. vious to be sure, but an aristo- enced a reggae explosion, EARL UNDO Their j,et was fresh and fun crat and princess throughout. similar to the calypso rage in 'Woil.fi1 ktyboordtr compared to most of the muShe responded to the schemes the 50s. But what of the Jamaicans followed the development of sic this reviewer has heard of the power-hungry Jesuit . Rangoni,' but from the mind, who were making this music reggae, it is said that it came recently. For one thing it had not the heart. Miss Kille- all along? The Wailers are from the ghettoes of Kingston,, that totally different bound, a where popular music provided "boom-chicka-boom, chickabrew's far more dramatic such a group. . portrayal had been a hot c a t ' Their reggae is a strong an "out" for young, ambitious boom" beat. For another, the on a tin roof, a woman prod- brew based on a slow, steady kids. In the film "The Harder reaction to the music was so ded to sensual ecstasy and beat. It is elemental music They Come," Jimmy Cliff compelling. It made you want liear-M'diiclioii by Rungoni'.s with an interesting story be- played the role of one such to move, if not engage in coaxing. hind it. The beauty of reggae person thoroughly exploited other thrills, and if you werMiss Lear's voice was r.itli- is Us tight instrumental na- by the whole muhic scene en't inclined to dance, you er intimate and a bit tremu- ture. The drums set the\ lous, as if to suggest a prin- scene; congas, Kasta drums cess not at all sure of herself. and timbales make it breathe; But her spinto fit the needs underneath is a buzzing-bass , well, arid her trim figure was guitar helping it move. The CONTINUOUS PERFORMANCES : convincing enough a vehicle teeth of this music come from REDUCED PRICES to seduce the throne-pretender chunks of guitar chords and ; Dimilri. bits of organ. Put them all Most of acts two and three together as the Wailers did • were notably slacker than the and you've got an indelible • opening night'reviewed ear- sound that grows and grows '•, lier, particularly in the lead- on \ou. p

couldn't help but rock along ble "Put It On." in your seat and repeat slowThey cfcwed with "Stir It Up." The Wailers may return Jy,"Jamaica, Jamaica." I don't think anyone was to the Matrix at the end of untouched by the Wailers. their current tour. They're Marley's .voice was painful well worth hearing. but proud as he sang about Before the Wailers, the the world he comes from. But Stuart Little Band played even as people danced, I'm some fine music with an unsure they picked up on some usual twist. They are the first of his troubled lyrics. The rock band I know of to make Wailers did several numbers use of a mime. David Rea and from their new album, "Bur- Slewfoot got off to a fine start, nin"' on Island. Best were, but ran out of fresh material "Get Up, Stand Up," a song during their set. They seem to atxiut standing up lor your be another California band rights; "Burnifl' and Lootin'," who- sing agreeable songs 'with the chorus, "how many about the country, but not else. Lastly, a jazz singrivers do we have io Across much er named Steve Head perbefore we can talk to the formed. He was quite enjoyaboss"; and the instantly likea- ble.

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