What is the song
23 Apr 07
Double Barrel - Dave & Ansil Collins Released on Interfusion through Festival in Australia Year: 1971 B-side: Double Barrel (Version 2) Chart peak: #1 (UK). Author: Brett Location WA "I!.....AM THE MAGNIFICENT!"... bellowed one of the Collins boys (don't ask me which one!) dramatically as the needle hit the record on this wonderful single. I was five when it came out. I don't ever remember hearing it on the radio back then but I've since learned that it was, in fact, a big hit and has rightly become a reggae classic (it was released on the very cool Trojan label in the UK). Following that spoken introduction the killer groove kicks in. Back then I didn't even know what reggae was. This single sounded so exotic and unique to me. I expect that I must've treated it a bit like a novelty song. There was no standard lyric - only reverb-soaked words shouted over the top of this insistent beat. I never could understand exactly what he was saying. I still don't and it still doesn't matter. "I am the magnificent, baby! W-oh-oh-ohh!" he insisted. "You got that right, Dave or Ansil!" my feet replied. There's a simple one-fingered piano riff that's every bit as catchy as that self-declaratory vocal, and a swooping wash of organ to finish off each verse. Double Barrel was made to be danced to and whenever I hear it, no matter where I happen to be, it always makes me want to dance or at least tap my feet or drum with my hands. It's irrestistable. It's a song that has insinuated itself as an essential part of my formative musical memories and is timeless enough to always remain there. I expect I will always adore Double Barrel by Dave & Ansil Collins.
24 Apr 07
Aaaaaarrrrrgggghhhh!! Now this will drive me really nuts until I remember which one! You're right though there is at least one that samples that line. It will come to me very shortly (hopefully!). Great track - must add it to my profile player! I'll be back when I remember!
7 Sep 10
finally found out what it was (unless there's another one ) four years later. Turns out it's track 15 on Warchild's Help album: The One World Orchestra - The Magnificent (original release didn't credit the songs or artists because of how quickly it was released) - actually a disguised KLF subverting the anti-war / victims from the 'former Yugoslavia' theme.