Nоrа Dеаn – Аngiе lа lа (1970, a parallel reality)

The last few days I have been looking for some reggae music on the net (I listened to lots to reggae in the mid seventies, sick and bored with the “progressive rock” and disco music that was mainstream at the time), in order see if there is something interesting I missed.
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Doing this I discovered:
1. All sites where you can download reggae albums are Brasilian (looks like that the spirit of sharing with other people music you like is alive mainly in Brasil).
2 The singer which I am presenting today, Nоrа Dеаn, whose song I found on a ladies compilation of Jamaican music. Never ever in my life I have heard anything similar. It is not reggae, nor ska nor anything which you can associate with it. No Rastafari, no Babylon and no healing herb of the nations.
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A quick search for other songs by the spectacular lady, which has by the way recorded only singles, some with lyrics that would make the easily offended puritan blush (like “Night Food” or “Scorpion“), proved the fact that her other songs were mostly reggae, or some soul variants of it.
In 1981 she recorded an album which is not so special as those forgotten singles and to my greatest disappointment, she got “reborn”, threw away her past, distanced herself of her early music claiming that she did not sing the song “Night Food”, moved to New York and recorded several albums with gospel music…
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Anyway, I could not resist the temptation to present this remarkable artist to all of you who are over 18, with a an EP crated in a parallel reality consisting of:
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1. Аngiе lа lа (7′ version)
2. Аngiе lа lа (Parallel Realities Dub)
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TRENCHTOWN JAMAICA
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If you are interested, you may read about her career and music on a site a gentleman from New York City, called Mike, has created to her honor by clicking HERE
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EDIT: I just received a mail fromto Michael Garnice of www.noradean.com with his text about the song by Nоrа Dеаn posted here as was published on his site:
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(Produced by Duke Reid, 1969. Available on Grounation: Indomitable Spirit, released on Music Club.)
“First of all, this is not Nyabingi reggae, even though it’s included on a Nyabingi compilation. Second of all, the song is not even reggae. The only thing I’ve ever heard that is similar is Frank Zappa’s 1966 track, “Help, I’m A Rock” from his debut album, Freak Out. Some of the vocal effects are reminiscent of Pink Floyd’s 1968 track, “Julia Dream”. Ay Ay Ay is perhaps the strangest song with the most creative and colorful vocal in the history of Jamaican music.
A rhythm begins and ominous droning organ and psychedelic guitar riffs are added. This provides a compelling backdrop for Nora’s odd, dramatic irresistible vocal performance, which is enhanced by reverb and echo. It’s all ecstasy and surreality. She chant sings something incomprehensible, a part of which is responsible for the song’s alternate title, “Angie La La”. She kisses, chants, whistles and sings the refrain that gives the song its name, “Ay Ay Ay”. She crows. A lyric is heard, “where have you been all my life?” She “whee”s, moans, bird whistles, makes mouth noises, and sings, “suddenly you come to thrill my soul”. She moans in ecstasy. This stream of consciousness goes on for shy of three minutes as the song fades out. Meaningless and brilliant, it succeeds fully on its own terms. A song like no other in the history of reggae.”