[Note: Third in a triptych of pieces about songs named Joe]
Technically, this near-instrumental is what’s known as “version” (as opposed to dub’s full-on, all-out adventurousness), though fortunately, this mix is enlivened by light dub treatments that follow the playful spoken word opening:
[Pssst: Click the triangle to play “Nosey Joe Version” by Bongo Herman & Faye Bennett.]
“Nosey Joe Version” is from the mixing console and recording studio of Niney the Observer, a.k.a., Winston Holness (née George Boswell), who replaced Lee “Scratch” Perry at Joe Gibbs’ studio in 1968 after Perry famously (and angrily) left to form his own musical enterprise. Niney, a protege of Perry, would eventually end up collaborating with “Scratch” on 2001’s Station Underground Report.
Extra Credit: Check out the original vocal version via Dennis Brown’s “Wolf & Leopards.”