Archive for the Revolutionaries Category

Vital Dub – Well Charged (1977)

Posted in Channel One, Dub, Revolutionaries, Robbie Shakespeare, Sly Dunbar, The Revolutionaries with tags , , , , , on August 6, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“No band is credited on the cover of this vintage dub program, but a quick glance at the lineup makes it clear (despite a few aliases) that these rhythms are the work of the Revolutionaries: drummer Sly Dunbar, bassist Bertram ‘Ranchie’ McLean (sitting in for Robbie Shakespeare), keyboardist Ansel Collins, and all the rest of the usual suspects. Production is courtesy of Ernest Hookim, and the result is a solid, if not especially noteworthy, collection of instrumental dub. Most of the tracks are versions of classic Mighty Diamonds songs from their highly productive Front Line period, including dubs of ‘Go Seek Your Rights’ (presented here as ‘Cell Block 11’) and the sufferer’s anthem ‘I Need a Roof’ (‘Roof Top Dub’). As is typical of Hookim productions, the dub arrangements are idiomatic without being terribly innovative, but the instrumental tracks on which they’re based are rock solid. Anyone looking for a gentle introduction to the world of dub could do much worse than to start here.”

YouTube: Killer Dub, The Revolutionaries – Roof top dub, Cell Block Eleven, The Revolutionaries – Ishens Dub, Revolutionaries – Merciful Dub

Various Artists – Channel One Dubs 1974 – 79 (2001)

Posted in Channel One, Dub, King Tubby, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Revolutionaries, Robbie Shakespeare, Sly Dunbar, The Aggrovators with tags , , , , , , on April 28, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“The kind of material on Maxfield Avenue Breakdown, recorded from 1974-1979 by the Revolutionaries with Ernest and JoJo Hookim at the Channel One studio controls, may lack the pure sonic invention of a Lee Perry or King Tubby, but it played an equally crucial role in the development of dub. Jamaican recordings from this era introduced the rockers style driven by Robbie Shakespeare’s throbbing bass and Sly Dunbar’s echoed rim-shot clicks and explosive snare shots, which became a fundamental definition of roots reggae. Over that fresh drum and bass foundation, the Hookims keep their dub easy to digest by retaining most of the original song structures and mutating one element at a time.”

YouTube: 1) Woman Is Like A Shadow, 2) King Of The Minstrels, 3) Have Mercy Version, 1) Ragnampaiza Version, 2) Speak Easy, 3) Natty A General Version

Bim Sherman – Mighty Ruler / Jah Man Dub Style (1975)

Posted in Bim Sherman, Revolutionaries with tags , on February 3, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

YouTube: Bim Sherman – Mighty Ruler b/w Jah Man Dub Style. Ja-Man.