Horace Ové & UK Reggae, 1970

Thanks to Courtney Tullock’s original review in the March 4, 1971 edition of Rolling Stone for tipping me to a 1970 documentary entitled, Reggae, that was directed by Trinidadian-born British filmmaker, photographer, painter & writer, Horace Ové.  Originally broadcast on BBC TV, Ove’s documentary deserves credit for being, as Marco on the Bass points out, “the first in-depth film on reggae music to be produced.”   Fortunately, YouTube contributor, Copasetic Boom, makes the entire (and extremely rare) documentary available online:

*The Heptones – Message From A Black Man
The Pyramids – (Pop Hi!) The Revenge Of Clint Eastwood
Noel And The Fireballs – Can’t Turn You Loose
The Pioneers – Easy Come Easy Go
*Laurel Aitken – Deliverance Will Come
Black Faith – Everyday People
*The Beatles – Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da/Get Back
John Holt – I Want A Love I Can Feel
*Dave Barker (Tommy and The Upsetters) – Lockjaw
Count Prince Miller – Mule Train
Millie Small and The Pyramids – Enoch Power
*Mr Symarip – Skinhead Moonstomp
The Maytals – Monkey Man
Desmond Dekker – Israelites
Bob & Marcia – Young, Gifted & Black[

[*studio recordings – otherwise, live performances]

Around the 22:05 point in the film, there is a discussion about the use of Jamaican rhythm and musical elements by The Beatles.  Worth pointing out that the unedited full-length version of “You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)” – recorded during the Sgt. Pepper 1967 sessions but only released in 1970 (in shortened form) as the B-side to “Let It Be” – features what can only be considered as a “ska section” at the 1:05 mark in the song.  This entire ska motif would be removed from the 45 mix and only get official release on the Anthology 2 collection issued in 1996.  The Beatles Bible tells us that “Brian Jones performed on two parts:  a ska section with piano, drums, guitar and saxophone, and a jazz rendition featuring piano, drums, guitar, saxophone, bass guitar and vibraphone.”