Carlton Livingston

Carlton Livingston

BandAlternativeReggae

Carlton's music cut a broad swath across the Roots Reggae divide.From the"Reality""Lovers Rock""Hard Core ganja tunes""Roots dance hall music" Wicked dub plates style coveted by sounds all over the world.

Biography

CARLTON LIVINGSTON.

THE FOURTH OF SIX CHILDREN, WAS BORN IN THE PARISH OF ST. MARY, JAMAICA. AT AN EARLY AGE, CARLTON BEGAN SINGING IN CHURCH,THIS IS WHERE HE DISCOVERED HIS MUSICAL GIFT. CARLTON MOTHER BERYL AND HIS OLDER SISTERS WERE ALL VERY ACTIVE IN THEIR CHURCH CHIOR,AND PLAY A PART IN INFLUENCING AND GIVING CARLTON A BASE TO START HIS MUSICAL JOURNEY. CARLTON MOVED TO KINGSTON ALONG WITH HIS FAMILY.IN 1970 CARLTON MOVED TO FRANKLYN TOWN WHERE HE ATTENDED VAUXHALL SECONDARY SCHOOL. AND STARTED A SOUND SYSTEM WITH HIS FRIENDS-THE MOST FAMOUS BEING LONE RANGER.TONY WALCOT HEARD THE TALENT IN CARLTON AND RANGER,AND TOOK THEM ALONG WITH NEW COMMERS WELTON IRIE AND PUDDY ROOTS TO REFINE THEIR SKILLS.CARLTON IMPRESSED TONY SO MUCH THAT AROUND 1978 HE TOOK HIM TO CHANNEL ONE RECORDS TO RECORD:(TALE OF TWO CITIES). AFTER THAT HE WENT TO STUDIO ONE, THIS LED TO SUCH HITS AS (WHY)(HERE I STAND)AND(PREDICTIONS). CARLTON ALSO ATTENDED TRENCH TOWN COMPREHENSIVE.WHILE ATTENDING TRENCH TOWN, HE AND HIS SCHOOLMATE DOYLE WENT TO A DUSTY YARD TO LISTEN TO THE UNDISCOVERED BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS.THIS GAVE CARLTON THE INSPIRATION TO PERSUE A SINGING CAREER.IT WAS AROUND THIS SAME PERIOD CARLTON WAS APPROACHED BY LEON SYMOIE AND CHESTER SYMOIE, FROM THRILL SEEKERS LABEL,TO RECORD SOME SONGS.THESE RECORDING SESSIONS ADDED UP TO HIS FIRST LP CALLED �SOWETO� THE EARLY EIGHTIES WERE A BUISY STAGE IN CARLTON,S CAREER, HE RECORDED (MR DJ) AND (CUSS RASTA) FOR U BROWN,S LABEL,AND DURING THIS SAME PERIOD WAS RECORDING (TRODDING) AND (TRICKS) FOR SLY AND ROBBIE,S TAXI LABEL.EARLY 80,S CARLTON ALSO RECORDED FOR CLIVE JARRETT,S DYNAMITE RECORDS; SOME OF THESE RECORDINGS INCLUDE (RUMOURS) (MARIE) AND (CONFUSION). IN 1982 CARLTON SUCCESS WAS GROWING TO GREAT HIGHTS IN JAMAICA,EUROPE AND NORTH AMERICA. IT WAS AT THIS TIME HE WENT ON TOUR THAT COVERED THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA.ON THIS TOUR WAS SUCH GREATS AS LONE RANGER,TRISTAN PALMER AND SAMMY DREAD.IT WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE 80,S WHEN CARLTON HAD ENOUGH HITS UNDER HIS BELT TO RELEASE HIS SECOND LP WHICH WAS APPROPRATELY CALLED �TRODDING�(DYLP-002) THE SINGLE WAS ALSO RELEASED ON ISLAND RECORDS COMPILATION. CARLTON IMMIGRATE TO THE STATES EARLY EIGHTIES LINKED UP WITH CLIVE BUISY AND RECORDED (COLD WINTER).CARLTON ALSO LINKED UP WITH PERCY CHIN AND JUNIOR FROM JA LIFE RECORDS. THIS COMBINATION OF GREAT SINGING AND PRODUCING CREATED THE DANCE HALL HIT (100LB A COLLIE WEED) (GREL-66 AND AN LP OF THE SAME NAME RELEASED ON GREENSLEEVES.HE HAS ALSO RECORDED FOE BULL WACKIES LABEL. IN 1994 CARLTON RELEASED A SELF PRODUCE CD CALLED (EMOTIONS) (GVD-2025) WHICH WAS RELEASED ON GRAPEVINE RECORDS AND INCLUDED SUCH HITS AS (A NO ONE DAY) AND (I SAW YOUR LIGHTS). CARLTON MOST RECENT CD,S INCLUDE (UN-FORGIVEN) (JAMADON-1099) AND (RETROSPECT)(LIGHTHOUSE-LMCD-3002) WHICH IS A COMPILATION OF HIS GREATEST HITS. CARLTON HAS BEEN HAILED AS ONE OF THE BEST SINGER/SONGWRITER OF HIS TIME.HE HAS WORKED WITH MANY OF THE GREATEST REGGAE PRODUCERS,AND HIS MUSIC HAS BEN COVERED BY SUCH SINGERS AS,GREGORY ISAACS,DENNIS BROWN,SANCHEZ, CARL MEEKS AND SHINEHEAD,INTERPOLATIONS OF CARLTON SONGS AS BEN USED BY SUCH RAP ARTIST AS KRS ONE,JAY Z AND JA RULE CARLTON WILL GO DOWN IN THE HISTORY OF JAMAICAN MUSIC AS AN ICON.TODAY,CARLTON IS STILL RECORDING AND TOURING EUROPE AND JAPAN,AND IS ALWAYS IN DEMAND FOR ONE OF HIS KILLER DUBPLATES.


Discography

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Carlton Livingston

reggagraphy

titles cd year label

1. emotions dgv-cd 2025 1994 grapevine
2. un-forgiven jmd-15032 2000 Jamadon
3. RUMORS tb1cd42 2001 tabou1
4 Retrospect lmcd 3002 2002 Lighthouse/Jah Life
TITLES COMPL/CD YEAR LABEL

1. tickester son-0044 1993 Sonic sounds
2. just come bad boy dk-016 1993 lagoon
3. can�t blow breath bwcd -0025 1998 solgie
4. armageddon lmcd-3003 1999 Jah life
5. rumours bwcd-0014 1998 digital b
6. play this song for me tbicd-13 1999 tabou i
7. predicting your future rascd -9001 1989 ras/studio 1
8. here i stand socd-0150 1998 studio 1
9. rumours (original) dgvcd-2023 1993 grapevine
10. lonely man dgvcd-2023 1993 grapevine
11. walk with love dgvcd-1500 1995 grapevine
12. marie dgvcd-1500 1995 grapevine
13. ever little thing vpcd-1143 1984 vp/ jah screw
14. she loves me hb-204 1996 heart beat
15. miss know it all vpcd-1303 1982 / 83 vp / midnight rock
16. mr dj vpcd-1170 1990 / 91 vp / mr doo
17. trodding tbc-1167 1998 tommy boy
18. it�s you jmrk-001 1990 jam rock
19. if this girl was mine golp-008 1989 jah life

titles lp year label

1. soweto syn-019 1981 trillseekers
2. 100 lb a collie weed jl-016 1983 jah life
3. rumours bmlp-081 1984 bebos
4. trodding dylp-002 1982 dynamite
5. retrospect lm-3005 1998 jah life / lighthouse

titles compl /lp year label

1. go man go wck-2723 1983 wackies
2. miss know it all rncd-2063 1982 /83 rhino uk
3. telling everyone yhr-103 1991 alpha
4. itch it up operator uplp-21 1997 uptempo
5. if you were my woman stlp-005 1984 sir tommies
6. let me love you galp-010 1989 gyasi addae

titles 7 inch year label

1. are you crying b-0001 1990 bust out
2. are you ready 1999 badd
3. fade away 1998 jah life
4. no regrets 1998 studio 1
5. wicked run away 1991 jah life
6. you send come call me 1990 jammies
7. ram jam session 2000 midnight rock
8. aint gona fight 1981 techniques
9. cold winter 1982 buisy
10. play the rub a dub 1991 tan yah
11. that day you left 1990 soljie
12. why 1979 studio 1
13. tale of two cities 1978 channel 1
14. yes i feel it 1979 techniques
15. made a mistake 1979 techniques
16. don�t push your luck 1997 selectors choice
17. tell me how you want it 1990 digital b
18. them get deported 1990 scorpio
19. a thousand dances 1989 witty

titles 12 inch year label

1. it�s better fj-006 1989 flynn @ fynn
2. trouble maker mj-001 1989 cousins
3. tonight vprd-682 1990 steely & clevie
4. your loving 1989 what,s up doc
5. who is that man nj-30 1987 wackies
6. it happen again jl-019 1989 grade 1/jah life
7. herb cutter gred-149 1984 greensleeves
8. sound man clash gred-141 1984 greensleeves

Set List

I usually do about 8 songs. About 30 minutes (When working with other acts)
And about 12 songs about one (1 hour) when working alone.
SET:
(1) Here I stand
(2) Marie
(3) Rumours
(4) Trodding
(5) Mr DJ
(6) Tricks
(7) 100 lb Collie weed
(8) Hot/Cold winter
(9) Sound man Clash
(10) Call of the rasta Man
(11) Confusion
(12) Rudie