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Lee Perry Vs Bunny Striker Lee

Dub Soundclash

    What two great producers other then Lee Perry and Bunny Lee would be best suited for a Dub Soundclash. Both producers were integral at the birth of Dub music and would share many rhythms and sessions, their musical paths would cross all through their careers.

    It was in fact Bunny Lee’s rhythm that provided the back drop to Lee Perry’s ‘Shocks of Mighty cut. Jobs were passed from one to the other, Bunny Lee taking over Lee Perry’s position at Wirl records. Yes two producers whose paths always seemed to cross as it does with this release.

    We have selected some of Lee Perry’s rhythms, side one of this set, against some Bunny Lee rhythm on side two.You can hear the distinctive sound of Lee Perry’s Black Ark studio with his echo-plex giving his trademark whirling sound against Bunny Lee’s rhythms cut at many different studios. The winner of the Soundclash? We will leave that decision up to you the listener…..

    But in this Dub session there is no loser…

    ALL KILLER ..NO FILLER…ENJOY…

    Prince Jammy became a King while cutting his musical teeth working for the dub master himself King Tubby. In that old Jamaican way, when everyone in Jamaica was given a new name to work with, Prince Jammy as he was known so impressed his colleagues that he rose from a Prince to a King, both names given to him by producer Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee. Out of the many protégés that trained and worked at King Tubby’s....and there were many, Scientist, Pat Kelly and Prince Phillip Smart to name but a few it was King Jammy’s work that was the main stay. On this system shaking disc of deep dubwise righteousness, Jamaican Recordings have selected a storming set of tunes that were rebuilt with King Jammy at the controls...Hold tight massive, this is tha lick!

    The Congos possess what all bands look for, that unique distinctive sound that draws the listener in. Alongside the great songs, lead singer Cedric Myton’s singing, phasing and falsetto voice makes that just the case. The Congos were formed by Cedric Myton (b. 1947, St Catherine, Jamaica) around the mid-Seventies when the Rasta message was central to the reggae sound coming out of Kingston, Jamaica. But he had started out in the Rocksteady era, when he formed the vocal group ‘Tartans’, taking lead vocal duties alongside Devon Russell, Prince Lincoln Thompson and Lindbergh Lewis.They cut ‘Dance All Night’ (1967) and ‘Coming On Strong’ (1968). The line-Up became The Royal Rasses and from this Cedric moved on to form the Congos on meeting Roydel Johnson, who had previously sang with Ras Michael and the Sons of Negas. Cedric’s Rasta roots were firmly in place when he went to work with producer Lee Perry to cut the seminal album ‘Heart Of The Congos’ at Perry’s just built, Black Ark Studios in 1977. Cedric Myton has carried on the mantle, cutting a set of tunes with the help of his good friend Mr Brent Dowe, who had previously sang lead vocals with the Melodians. This is the dub set to the vocal album released on the Kingston Sounds label called ‘The Congos Feast’. With such strong songs, rhythms and vocals it always had the chemistry for a great dub set. Hope you agree and enjoy the dub excursion…

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Philippa says: The dub set to the vocal album 'The Congos Feast'.

    Jamaican Recordings come up with a killer dub compilation, featuring Niney, Bunny Lee, Jammy and Ossie Thomas behind the mixing desk. A quick spin reveals that most of the cuts here are from the mid - late 70s, with the exception being a fantastic early 70s Augustus Pablo dub of the Wailers' "Rock My Boat". Other highlights on side A include dubs of Horace Andy's "The Children", Max Romeo's "Tribal War" (really spacious!), Ronnie Davis' "Raining" and the tough "Darker Shade Of Dub". On side two Johnny Clarke and Shorty The President get the dubwise treatment, with the dubs to Robert Trench's "Mr Babylon" and Freddie McKay's "Going" being the standouts.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    LP Info: Limited 180g vinyl pressing.


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