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In 1970 John Holt had this smash hit on Treasure Isle. His hoarse voice at the end of the original track is thrilling me every single time I hear it ...

According to Steve Barrow's liner notes to "If Deejay Was Your Trade", it was Bunny 'Striker' Lee who built his version in 1975 for Jackie Edwards, and then used it for the various cuts over the (fictitious) war between barbers and dreadlocks: 'Baba' mutated to 'barber', and the great, great Doctor Alimantado was one of the toughest guys in this war. There is a dub version by the Aggrovators whith a lot of shooting, and on the dub "Poor Barber" by Dirty Harry (?) you can hardly hear the music due to the permanent machine gun fire. Earl Sixteen did 'Role A Belly' on this riddim some years ago, and that is the newest one I know. But I'm sure I have missed a lot of them ... The cut is from the dub version by the Supersonics from Duke Reid's 'Treasure Isle Dub'.A new line

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Riddim origin information:
Artist: John Holt
Song: Ali Baba
Label: Treasure Isle

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Comments (latest first):

Holy cow big up!

Comment by: Date: 2009-06-25

Yard an' foreign, rewind.!!!

Comment by: kg2lq Date: 2008-11-03

Holy cow big up!!

Comment by: shivaji Date: 2008-10-15

title:ali baba [john holt version]
rhythm:li baba

bless !!!

Comment by: GENARAL IRIE Date: 2008-07-16

title:nice & slow
rhythm:ali baba

bless !!!

Comment by: INGLISHyardi Date: 2008-07-16

when mi first hear dis riddm was on a Jaro cassete!!wiiickeeedddddd

Comment by: SJ2000 Date: 2008-05-08

yes i a more love

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Comment by: A Date: 2008-02-28

Hello! Good Site! Thanks you! oslvghwilcv

Comment by: ethvcqbwaj Date: 2007-06-22

big things aw goan

Comment by: Date: 2007-03-18

im looking for a good version of ali baba that was on a trojan explosion cd

Comment by: Date: 2006-12-26

my favorite riddim of all time!
kind of sound that makes me feel so high!

Comment by: mochadream Date: 2006-12-10

Barber feel it!

Comment by: Rewind Selecta! Rewind.... Date: 2006-11-04

Oh my golly gosh. My fave riddim.
Got any copies of this on vinyl?

Reload selecta!

Comment by: Billy whizz Date: 2006-10-07

My dream last nite is about Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves...barber barber dem feel fe real!

Comment by: DJ Ace the Boss Date: 2006-07-13

del putas esa cancion

Comment by: Date: 2006-04-09

brings back memories of klassic JARO

Comment by: GENARAL Date: 2006-04-04

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Comment by: NyGGiiE1HO Date: 2006-03-01

doctor alimantado used it in the album the best dresed chicken inna a town

Comment by: cris Date: 2006-02-16

This version database contains Pupa Vlados Original Reggae Riddims Dot Com (+34 000 songs) and Robert Camphouse's Camphouse Riddim Index (+4000) songs:

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AggrovatorsDub BarberAli BabaBunny Lee
AggrovatorsNatty Dread Conquer The BarberAli BabaBunny Lee
Al CampbellWish It Was MeAli Baba1998P BarrettBarry U
Anthony QueSlaughter DemAli Baba
CobraWet DreamAli Baba1992Clifton 'Specialist' Dillon & Sly Dunbar
CobraWet dreamAli baba1992Dillon / DunbarColumbia
Colin RoachNot Gonna LeaveAli BabaJammys
Courtney MelodyNo Guy TestAli BabaKing Jammy
Cruz, AnthonyEvery woman's dreamAli Baba2004Stewart, M.Mixing finga
Devon ClarkeNuclear BangarangAli Baba1998P BarrettBarry U
Dr AlimantadoI Killed The Barber (=Natty Dread Kill The Barber)Ali Baba1975Bunny Lee & Dr Alimantado
Dr Alimantado & Jah StitchThe Barber Feel ItAli Baba1974-1977Bunny Lee
Dr. AlimantadoI killed the barberAli baba1976Greensleeves
Dr. AlimantadoI Killed The BarberAli BabaJackpot
DreadzoneAli BabaAli Baba1997
Duke Reid ArtistsArabian DubAli BabaDuke ReidTreasure Isle
Earl SixteenRole A BellyAli Baba~1986-92Maurice JohnsonBlack Scorpio
Fender, ChuckSerious time nowAli Baba2004Stewart, M.Mixing finga
George NooksDon't Let Them SufferAli Baba1998P BarrettBarry U
Glen WashingtonMy DecisionAli Baba1998P BarrettBarry U
High Plains DrifterThe RulerAli Baba
Holt, JohnAli BabaAli Baba2004Stewart, M.Mixing finga
Holt, JohnAli babaAli babaDuke ReidTresure isle
I-RoyAfrican ContinentAli Baba?1979I-Roy
I-RoyI Shot The BarberAli BabaJoseph Hoo KimWell Charge
Jackie EdwardsAli Baba [1]Ali Baba1973-76Bunny Lee
Jackie EdwardsAli Baba [2]Ali Baba~1983Bunny Lee
Jah SonNo Licey Head (12 inch)Ali Baba
Jah StitchThe Barber Feel ItAli BabaJackpot
John HoltAli BabaAli BabaoDuke ReidTreasure Isle
John HoltAli BabaAli BabaTrojan
John HoltPeeping Tom (12 inch)Ali Baba1983Henry 'Junjo' LawesVolcano
Johnny OsbourneMy Dream Last NightAli Baba
Johnny RingoGanja ExchangeAli Baba1981Top Ranking
Joseph CottonAli BabaAli Baba
King KongA.I.D.S. A Go RoundAli BabaKing Jammy
King Tubby & AggrovatorsI Trim The BarberAli Baba1973-76Bunny Lee
King Tubby & King Jammy & Dirty Harry & AggrovatorsThe Poor BarberAli Baba1975/76Bunny Lee
Little JohnYou Want To Leave MeAli BabaBlack Roots
Marcia GriffithsTrue Love Is Hard To AchieveAli Baba1989
MichiganMilitant ProfileAli Baba1998P BarrettBarry U
Nardo RanksAfrican FreedomAli BabaT Mason & Lord Zeljko
PampidooGrammy AwardAli Baba~1987Bertram Brown
RahazNice And SlowAli Baba
Richie StephensFor YouAli BabaShang
Riley, JimmyYou just don't get itAli Baba2004Stewart, M.Mixing finga
Roland AlphonsoTheme From The BarberAli Baba
Sidney MillsAli Baba VersionAli Baba1998P BarrettBarry U
SluggyI Don't Wanna WaitAli Baba1998P BarrettBarry U
Sluggy RanksI don't wanna waitAli baba1998Nooks, G.Barry U
Spice, RichieMove dem outAli Baba2004Stewart, M.Mixing finga
Tommy McCookI Shot The BarberAli BabaS E Pottinger
U-RoyBury The RazorAli Baba1976
Ulimate ShinesInstrument of JahAli Baba2004Stewart, M.Mixing finga
Washington, GlenMy desisionAli baba2001Nooks, G.Barry U
YellowmanBadnessAli Baba1980Lloyd Campbell & Michelle CampbellThrillseekers
[Dub I-Roy]African ContinentAli Baba?1979I-Roy
[Dub I-Roy]Free ZimbabweAli Baba?1979I-Roy
[Dub King Tubby]Dreams Of DubAli BabaBunny Lee
[Dub King Tubby]Dubbing The RightAli BabaKing Tubby
[Dub King Tubby]King Tubby's Borderline DubAli Baba
Anthony CruzEvery Woman's DreamAli Baba / Natty Chase The Barber2004Mixing Finger
Chuck FenderSerious Time NowAli Baba / Natty Chase The Barber2004Mixing Finger
Richie SpiceMove Dem OutAli Baba / Natty Chase The Barber2004Mixing Finger
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