Lost Tape From Steely & Clevie’s Studio One Sessions

This is a pretty good week for Richie Stephens. First came news that Rihanna’s producers had sampled his “Sail Away” riddim for her latest duet with Drake. (In other words Pot of Gold Productions must nyam some good food.) Now he’s seeing the release of a 14-year-old recording project—and the tune sounds nice! Stephens recorded this cover of the Studio One classic “Rolling Down” back in 1992 when ace prodcers Wycliffe “Steelie” Johnson and Cleveland “Clevie” Browne were working on the album Steelie & Clevie Play Studio One Vintage. Released on Heartbeat Records in 1992, that album would go on to score a major chart hit with Dawn Penn’s “No, No, No,” but the whole album was wicked. Somehow this recording got misplaced on one of the studio reels and was recently rediscovered while SilverHawk Sound was getting its dub collection back into order. (More on that later, but all dibby dibby soundbwoys you have been warned.) In the meantime let’s rock and groove to the voice of Mr. Richie Stephens singing a heartical Studio First selection. Cue the trombone Mr. Hornsman! Video After The Jump…
“I don’t know if it’s rain from the skies, or tears from my eyes…”


“In 1992, Richie Stephens went into the studio with Steely & Clevie to record his version of the Burt Bacharach and Hal David penned classic ‘Rain From The Sky,’ made famous in reggae by Delroy Wilson and also Dennis Brown at Studio One. The song was to be released on the ‘Steely & Clevie Play Studio One Vintage’ album, but for some reason it remained on tape for almost 25 years, until it was accidentally discovered last year whilst running off some Silver Hawk dubs from tape.”

Lick It Back From The Top… (Original D. Brown Studio One Style)

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