Dave and Ansell Collins

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Dave and Ansell Collins
Origin Kingston, Jamaica
Genres Reggae
Labels Trojan Records

Dave and Ansell Collins are a Jamaican vocal/instrumental duo (sometimes billed as Dave and Ansil Collins or Dave and Ansel Collins).

History[edit]

Dave Barker (born David John Crooks, 10 October 1947, Kingston, Jamaica) is a session vocalist,[1] and Ansell Collins (born 1949, also in Kingston) is a keyboard player.[2] They were working for producer Lee "Scratch" Perry in Kingston in the late 1960s, and joined forces in 1971, for the reggae single "Double Barrel". Released by Techniques Records, part of the Trojan Records label, it topped the Jamaican and UK charts in March of that year.[3] It was the first record that drummer Sly Dunbar (then aged 18) played on.

The follow-up release, the similarly styled "Monkey Spanner" enjoyed the same international success.[2] Most of their recorded work was written by Winston Riley. After cutting an album, Collins and Barker parted company; Collins becoming a session player and Barker, now resident in the United Kingdom, singing with several soul groups. They attempted a comeback in 1981 without success.

In 1986, Ansell Collins appeared as one of Ernest Reed's (Jimmy Cliff) back-up musicians in the reggae-themed comedy film, Club Paradise. He was billed as "Ansel (sic) 'Double Barrel' Collins".[4] Collins has played and worked with The Upsetters, Black Uhuru, The Mighty Diamonds, Barrington Levy, Gregory Isaacs, U-Roy, Pama International and Jimmy Cliff.

"Double Barrel" was sampled by Special Ed on the song, "I'm The Magnificent". Two of Barker's introductory exclamations ("Don't watch that, watch this!" from "Funky Funky Reggae" and "This is the heavy, heavy monster sound!" from "Monkey Spanner") were quoted by vocalist Chas Smash, in the introduction to the Madness single, "One Step Beyond".

In 2012, they reunited for several live shows including a performance at the Notting Hill Carnival.[5]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions
UK
[6]
US
[7]
1971 Double Barrel 41
1976 In The Ghetto
  • Label: Trojan
"—" denotes a release that did not chart, was not released in the country or the information is unknown

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions
UK
[6]
US
[7]
1998 Heavy Heavy Monster Sounds of Dave and Ansel Collins
  • Label: Beatville
"—" denotes a release that did not chart, was not released in the country or the information is unknown

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions
UK
[8]
US
[7]
1971 Double Barrel 1 22
Monkey Spanner
  • Label: Techniques
7
"—" denotes a release that did not chart, was not released in the country or the information is unknown

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DJ Directory - Dave Barker". Microphonic.biz. 1947-10-10. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  2. ^ a b Ansel Collins - Music Biography, Credits and Discography. AllMusic. Retrieved on 2013-02-13.
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 115. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ "Ansel Collins". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  5. ^ "Barker, Collins reunite for Double Barrel dates", Jamaica Observer, 22 August 2012, retrieved 1 September 2012
  6. ^ a b Gambaccini, Paul; Rice, Tim & Rice, Jo, eds. (1988). The Guinness Book of British Hit Albums (3rd ed.). London: Guinness Publishing Ltd. p. 34. ISBN 0-85112-888-2. 
  7. ^ a b c "Allmusic -> Dave & Ansel Collins -> Charts & Awards". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  8. ^ Gambaccini, Paul; Rice, Tim & Rice, Jo, eds. (1989). The Guinness Book of British Hit Singles (7th ed.). London: Guinness Publishing Ltd. p. 63. ISBN 0-85112-339-2. 

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