Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Strictly Rub A Dub Vol. One!

(Early B The Doctor)

45 Minutes of classic 1980s dancehall sounds in the mix.

DJ Tomas of Umoja Soundsystem Presents…

Strictly Bubbling: A Rub-A-Dub Reggae Selection
(follow link, then left click or CNTL-click)

Cornell Campbell – Rope In 
Michigan & Smiley – One Love Jamdown 
Freddie McGregor – Big Ship 
Triston Palmer – Entertainment 
Jah Thomas/Toyan – Two Bad DJ Afi Talk 
Philip Fraser/Dillinger – Stop The Fussing & Fighting 
Prince Jazzbo – Old Time Days 
Sugar Minott – Inna Dancehall Style 
Sugar Minott/Charlie Chaplain – 4-Wheel Wheely 
Wayne Jarrett – Chip In 
Ranking Joe/General Lee – To Jah 
General Lee – Slam Bam 
Lee Van Cleef – Boom Salute 
Carlton Livingstone – Chalice In Hand 
Dennis Brown – Caress Me Girl 
Cocoa Tea – Rocking Dolly 
Dillinger – No Promises 
Anthony Johnson – Oh Jah 
Junior Murvin – Bad Man Posse 
Gregory Isaacs – Storm 
Tappa Zukie – Oh Lord 
Yellowman/Peter Metro – Gregory Free 
Jimmy Riley – Love & Devotion 
General Echo – Drunken Master 
Sly & Robbie – Love & Devotion version 
Carlton Livingstone – Don’t Follow Rumour 
Yellowman/Peter Metro – Jamaica Nice (Canada Cold) 
Peter Metro/Lady Ann – Bossanova 
Sugar Minott – Uptown Girl 
Edi Fitzroy – Princess Black 
Sammy Dread – Rude Boy 
Lone Ranger – M16 
Johnny B – Rub-A-Dub 
Earl Cunningham – Violence and Crime 
King Tubby – Shank-I-Shek 
Brigadeer Jerry – In The Ghetto 
Johnny Osbourne – Water Pumping 
Frankie Paul – Worries In The Dance 
Toyan – Spar Wid Me 
Nicodemus – Bubble Nicodemus 
U-Roy/Gladiators – Natty Rebel

Res'peck is due...
to you and you and god knows who...But seriously, this is the music of my teenage years, driving the VW squareback, listening to Spliff Skankin and Robert Rankin on KFJC 89.7FM, playing the original 10" and 12" versions of these tracks, fresh from trips to Sunsplash or studio visits in Kingston.

Volume Two a soon come. Still have so much more foundation to rewind. And it's odd to consider that among the myriad Studio One collections, and modern ragga anthologies, that some sporting label hasn't taken on the task of telling the story of the rub-a-dub era. I guess Dancehall Essentials is a fair attempt, if its even still in print. For a good amalgam of Real Player archives of the riddims themselves, check Dancehallstyle.

With so many singers and DJs talking about how they just want to go back to the days of wine'in the Cool & Deadly with their partners, and "the dance jus' nice..." it's really vital to take a look back at these tracks. In particular, ones like Early B's "Bible Story" or Yellowman's "Mr. Chin" in which there seems to be neither an end to the lyrics, nor to the stories of Jamaican life being expressed.

Big up all the artists, producers, musicians past and present. ForwardEver.