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Tenor Saw - Ring The Alarm

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Added by Erdem in Dub / Reggae


Ring The Alarm is the title of one of the classic dancehall tunes of all time. Written and performed by the late Tenor Saw (b. Clive Bright, 1966, Kingston, JA), released in 1985 at the start of the Jamaican recording industry's digital revolution, it became an instant classic that is still drawn from many selectors record boxes to this day. The song was Tenor Saw's response when he felt the sound system he was performing for in a sound clash wasn't getting the recognition it deserved. That sound system was Sugar Minott's 'Youth Promotion' and it was Minott who released Saw's 1986 masterpiece, the LP 'Fever'. Ring The Alarm is the best known cut of one of the most infectious riddims ever, the 'Stalag' riddim, which is Winston Riley's (Techniques label) version of the organ instrumental 'Stalag 17' originally recorded in 1973 by Ansel Collins. Tenor Saw was sadly killed in Houston, Texas, 1988 but managed to leave behind some excellent dancehall records as a testimony to his short career.

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