It is in 1988 that former RAS Records chief and  friend of this blog Doctor Dread sees Charlie Chaplin perform live in front of a hometown crowd in Jamaica (click HERE to read our recent interview with Doc).  Doc had recently signed Chaplin to the RAS label and Charlie was HOT, real hot!  Doc is so stunned by Chaplin’s command of the stage and crowd that he has the idea to record Chaplin live in-studio backed by the Roots Radics.  In order to create a noisy, raucous, almost dancehall-like atmosphere in the studio, Chaplin is told to invite the neighborhood and anyone and everyone he knows.  The result is a landmark reggae album the likes of which nobody has ever heard before.

Recorded at Dynamic Studios, Kingston, JA, on January 15, 1989, and engineered by the great Steven Stanley, “Two Sides Of Charlie Chaplin” is truly one-of-a-kind. The very first live-in-the-studio reggae recording cut with friends and fans in-studio cheering Chaplin on, the record flows without any dead space, the songs separated by only Chaplin’s patois-laden “motormouth antics.”   In Chaplin style, themes encompass spiels on sex, spirituality, and violence plus a surprise impersonation of Gregory Isaacs.  Lucky for you, the Raver just happens to have this album on mint vinyl, the album cover still wrapped in plastic!

As Doctor Dread exclaims in his narrative on the back cover (read below), “this one a murder…”

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