Friday, September 30, 2011

Retro Hi-Fi Girl Friday

Broadway Jungle or Dog Ska War or School Days

This may be my favorite song from the Islands. The song has crawled inside my head and it won't leave. When I first heard this song I was stunned. I can't count the number of times I've heard it and it still doesn't sound old. Then I realized there were other versions but they don't come close to the original. It was produced by the legendary Prince Buster and performed by the Maytals. The song Dog Ska War is a hyper manic ganjaic romp of ska ecstasy. In the immortal words of my friend Sterno "it rocks the fuck".
Excerpt from an online song review. Interesting history about the song.
If any one song can be said to have captured on vinyl the true exhilaration of the Maytals, this was it. "Broadway Jungle" -- or "Dog War" as it was also known -- absolutely sizzles with excitement. From the opening piano intro to its final yip, the song never lets up. The solid ska beat sets the pace, buttressed by the rest of the band; superb brass solos float in and out, and through it all comes an exuberant chimp-like yipping that can barely be contained. In this jungle setting, Toots Hibbert sets up his revival tent and leads the chorus of Jerry Matthias and Henry "Raleigh" Gordon in a reassuring dance for joy. The group may be lost in the jungle, but that's no reason not to celebrate. The single was cut for Prince Buster in early 1964 and would quickly appear in British shops as well. Unbeknownst to the trio at the time, many of their records were being leased across the Atlantic, where they were credited to the Flames or the Vikings. The labels only became aware of these subterfuges after Buster leased the song to the Island label as the Vikings' "Broadway Jungle," then subsequently leased it to Blue Beat as the Maytals' "Dog War." The Maytals themselves did not become aware of this disreputable situation for a few more years. Under either title, the single remains a masterpiece; it's one of the group's greatest songs, as well as one of the Prince's most memorable productions.

Original recording Maytals Dog Ska War. This was the best I could find but poster disabled embed option.

Click here to hear the original Dog Ska War. This is incredible.

Slow Skank Version 1976

Toots and The Maytals 2000 version
Sorry for the add but worth the wait.

Dog War (Broadway Jungle or Jamaica Dog SkaWar or School Days)
1964 Single

Skaba-liba-lay (down)
Ska-day (down)
One last stop in the jungle
We leave for the first time
We were tied in the jungle
At the hands of a man
We're all in the jungle
Couldn't find a way
So Come on the jungle
Man to man
When we really don't know this jungle
Which way to jump and dance
Hey hey, ha ha ha ha hey
Oh baby lay (down)
Jump in the line
Rock your body in time
Everything is alright
We're going to Broadway
Very first time
We're out of the jungle
Everything is alright
Skaba-liba-lay (down)
Ska-day (down)
We're out of the jungle
We're going to Broadway
Come on boys
Come on girls
Let's jump in the line
Rock your body in time
Everything is alright
Let's go to Broadway
Come up
Everything is alright
We're really gonna stay in the jungle
Skaba-liba-lay (down)
Ska-day (down)
Skaba-liba-lay (down)
Ska-day (down)
Ha ha ha ha hey hey hey ha ha ha
Come on, come on, come on, everything's in line
Everything is alright
Don't have no scars
Don't get no scrapes
Everything is alright
We're out of the jungle
Everything is alright
Ska-liba-liba-lay (down)
Ska-day (down)
Come on boy
Come on girl
Just jump in the line
Rock your body in time
Let's got to Broadway

Yes I know I'm a little obsessed.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Western Electric 755A 756A Ads

A friend found a 755 in a small office speaker enclosure for an old intercom system.. What a find!

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Horns Of Unusual Size

This is great. I want one of these in my back yard. Anyone feel like building on out of concrete? When the cars drive by my house shaking it with their mobile sub woofers I could fire this back at them. My favorite are the cars that sound rattled apart.

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Two tons and what do you get?

A giant rell to reel. This one is in the UK. I wonder if it is still going and how many hours it could play without flipping the t

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Retro Hi-Fi Girl Friday

Now I know why are all those records at thrift stores so scratched up....

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Herald Radio Horn

Not as cool as the Callophone horn I posted a while back but some of these early radio horns are really nice. I'm looking for one for a little project but keep finding these little high priced beauties.

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John Lennon

"I think the basic thing nobody asks is why do people takes drugs of any sort? And that question has to be resolved before you can think, well, what can we do for the poor drug addict? Why do we have to have these accessories to normal living to live? I mean, is there something wrong with society that's making us so pressurized, that we cannot live without guarding ourselves against it?" - John Lennon

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tannoy Brochure From The 70's

Can't say I like many speaker designs from the 70's but at least these would have those Tannoy dual concentric drivers. Yummmmmmm.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Klangfilm Europa Junior

Very cool German Klangfilm brochure. I can remember enough German to just barely get by.

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Saturday, September 17, 2011


Awesome vintage graphic design. This would be a cool tshirt. Oh course anytime I can put the name tesla in the title is cool.

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Gamper Martino Designs

This designer seems corner obsessed. He designs lots of items from bookshelves to lights to speakers. I found his corner speakers very interesting. Check it out.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

RCA 15" Duo-Cone Speaker Ad

I think this is the last bit of information I have on the RCA 15" Duo-Cone.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

The Office Of PWK Hope, AR

On one of my visits to Klipsch HQ in Hope, AR the office of PWK was open. A friend showed me in and I couldn't say no. This is one of the biggest posts for this site because I wasn't smart enough to put it in video mode. Anyway check out the office of PWK. This is obviously not how his office really was as that was reportedly cluttered but some of his items remain.

PWK preferred his own recordings compared to those store bought. Check out how many tapes there are and I am sure this is a small portion of his collection.

This is one I would like to hear the 1973 Ozark Mountain Bluegrass Festival. My friends dad helped with the founding of this festival.

Here we have PWK's Brook preamp and 2a3 amplifier. PWK reportedly kept this running up to spec throughout the years. It is in pristine condition.

Clearly a man of good taste a nice RCA driver.
Also a JBL 375 driver.
A cool vintage Stephens tweeter.
I've always wanted to build and try one of these. This takes two channels creates a third channel. A friend of mine is going to use this on his 1950's 3 channel shorthorn project.
This looks like a 1950's Klipschorn crossover on a chunk of lumber.
This appears to be a study for the anchoic chamber which was built in the late 70's.
Interesting items on the desk of PWK. I'm not gonna lie I have no idea what this stuff is.
A mini Klipsch study. It appears to be a model C.
The K-500 I was used in one of my favorite speakers of all time the Belle circa 1969.
A generous letter from some horn builder namesd Bruce Edgar.

At one point in the 50's PWK started the Klipsch tape project. I really like the detailed description he has added about the recordings. I've never seen one outside of Klipsch.

Where Klipsch was started a tin shack.

Klipsch through the years 1946 - 1952.
No sure what is going on here apparently some cast off projects.

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