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Soul Syndicate Sessions

Soul Syndicate Sessions

In the first half of the 1970s the band from the Greenwich Farm area of Kingston recorded for producers such as Keith Hudson, Winston Holness (under the pseudonym The Observers), Duke Reid and others on some of the most popular and influential recordings of the era. Core members of the band were guitarist Earl "Chinna" Smith, drummer Carlton "Santa" Davis, bassist and founder of Soul Syndicate George "Fully" Fullwood, rhythm guitarist Tony Chin and keyboard player Bernard "Touter" Harvey, later with Keith Sterling on keyboards. Other members at various times included drummer Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace, guitarist Cleon Douglas, and keyboard players Earl Lindo and Tyrone Downie. Freddie McGregor was at one time the band's featured vocalist. The nucleus of the band also recorded under the name The Aggrovators for Bunny Lee. As well as playing on countless releases backing some of Jamaica's top vocalists, including Dennis Brown and Gregory Isaacs, they also released several albums credited to the band. Harvey later became a member of The Wailers Band.


About the Soul Syndicate Sessions:

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Fully Fullwood

Fully Fullwood

Fully Fullwood is one of the most popular and well-known bass players in the world and has worked and recorded with every major artist out of Jamaica. His list of credits reads like a who's-who of the twentieth century's most important musical artists. The originator and leader of the "Soul Syndicate Band," Fully Fullwood has the distinction of also being a member of reggae superstar Peter Tosh's famous band, "Word, Sound and Power".

 

Donovan Carless

Donovan Carless, the original Soul Syndicate vocalist, brings smooth and silky singing that shows music fans an insight into what real reggae is about. Roots reggae music is ageless only getting better with time. The same can be said of Donovan and his singing style.  As half of Little Roy, he had his first hit in Jamaica and the first roots hit with the song “Bongo Nyah”. Then as singer with Soul Syndicate, the band that was crucial in the invention and popularization of reggae, he sang on many tracks that are now standards.

 

Chinna Smith

Earl "Chinna" Smith (born 6 August 1955), aka Earl Flute and Melchezidek the High Priest, is a Jamaican guitarist active since the late 1960s. He is most well known for his work with the Soul Syndicate band and has recorded with many reggae artists, appearing on more than 500 albums.

 

The Soul Syndicate's "Stalag 17" and "Taxi" bass lines, was among many bass lines created by George "Fully" Fullwood, an instrumental, featuring Ansell Collins on organ who was a resident studio musician for soul syndicate in the 1970s, was much-versioned, providing the basis for hits over the two decades that followed for Youth, Horace Andy, Augustus Pablo, Frankie Paul, General Echo, Tenor Saw and others.

 

 

 

 

 

Laying tracks on the song "80,000 Careless Ethiopians" from their new CD. Chinna Smith adding some guitar licks to the riddim.

 

 

 

 

 

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Tony Chin

Tony Chin

Tony Chin is a Jamaican guitarist, who has collaborated with many reggae artists including Burning Spear and Johnny Clarke. Chin is an original member of The Soul Syndicate, a backing band on countless reggae tracks, which evolved from The Rhythm Raiders. Quite a distinct sound to his guitar playing, Chin played a crucial part in the "flyers" sound of the mid-1970s.

 
Keith Sterling

Keith Sterling

 

Keith Sterling is a well-respected Jamaican session musician, having played in various session and backing bands including The Upsetters, The Aggrovators, Soul Syndicate, The Boris Gardiner Happening, Word, Sound and Power, Lloyd Parks' We The People Band, and Sly and Robbie's Taxi Gang. He is currently a member of The Wailers Band.

Santa Davis

Santa Davis

He got his "Santa" nickname as a result of a skating accident which left his face swollen and red.[1] At the age of ten he began playing in his local Catholic church marching band, staying with them for the next five years. Davis joined his friend George "Fully" Fullwood in the Rhythm Raiders in 1969, the band soon changing name to Soul Syndicate, and was the drummer in Bunny Lee's studio band The Aggrovators in the 1970s, originating the "flying cymbal" sound.