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Reissue of this big bad dub album from the late 80's which, surprisingly, has been out of print for ages.

Taking a pretty traditional view, Alimantado nonetheless constructed an able and inventive dub album full of fluttering, bright melodies and warm, friendly key changes.

Out-there fx and Perry-styled experimentation take a back seat to languid, relaxed grooves and an inoffensive production aesthetic that tips its hard to the original mid-70s style.

A classic of the genre back on our shelves once again - and look at that price tag!!



The nation's favourite funky chicken, Doctor Alimantado gets a micro-excavation from the Keyman label here.

"Zion Gates", originally a Yabby You number and released in 1989, was the B-side to "No More Heartache" - also featured here. We also get a rock hard dub version that's previously gone under the radar and is really quite summat! - Rumbling bass, echoed drums and a deep set smokers groove should keep this one on perma-rotation at your local dance or smoke-out.

I'm also feeling the "Heartache Dub" which comes out the blocks with a much brighter and optimistic outlook yet possesses that same degree of minimalism and groove that made the "Gates Of Dub" such an enticing prospect. Top drawer stuff from 'Tado and co. Chalice!



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Matt says: One of the most famous vocalists ditches the mic for the dials here as concocts four heady and musical dubs for our listening pleasure.

Final installment of funky chicken power brought to you by Piccadilly Records April 2018! "Love Is" from 1983 and features such hits as "Stop Yer Fighting", "Mek A Little Move" and "Go Deh Natty". With Alimantado's love of big motorcycles apparent from the front cover, its a decidedly slow pace of living than the hydraulic powered road beast. Recorded by Lee Perry it displays some strong experimental dub elements alongside his idiosyncratic rastaman vocal delivery.

Dr. Alimantado first came to international attention in the 1970s with his singles "Best Dressed Chicken in Town" and "Born For a Purpose." This collection of rarities from the Jamaican toaster includes some of his earliest recordings, like 1969's "No Gwan So", originally released under the name Winston Cool (his real name is James Winston Thompson) and the Lee Perry-produced "Maccabee the Third". Toasts on various 1970s backing tracks (themselves versions of US chart hits like "Piece of My Heart", here retitled Chapter of My Heart", and "First Cut Is the Deepest", appearing here as the anti-street violence "One Trouble"), as well as some confident, eccentric late-'70s Lee Perry productions, make this set essential listening for fans of vintage Jamaican reggae.


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