I’ve always held Lee Perry in the highest esteem since I first discovered reggae & noticed his tracks had that certain something extra. In this opening segment from this week’s 33 years ahead Midnight Dread I & I bored down deep into the center of the earth for the hottest musical magma of the man they call The Upsetter & came up for air only to see Super Ape Tic Toc Teac had the globe under total control. “Smile out of style, Screwface back in town!”
It’s Sunday Midnight & time to become dreader than dread with a crucial overview of The Dub Organizer Horace Swaby aka Augustus Pablo. Joining Doug Wendt this week is Lance Linares, Pablo devotee & reggae radio pioneer who hosted his Friday night very popular prime time “Roots Rock Reggae” Pataphysical Broadcasting program on KUSP in Santa Cruz, California from the 1970s to the 2000s, the earliest longest continually running regular reggae radio show heard anywhere in the United States. Linares pulls gem after gem from his extensive Augustus vinyl collection to flood the airwaves with pulsing Prince of Dub masterworks while passing along vital background info on one of the deepest Sound Generals ever to come from Jamaica. Listen to the mystic & be transfixed via music unto Jah Jah. Burning Spear & Mikey Dread debut new material while Hugh Mundell, Tetrack & Israel Vibration join the Pablo posse just beyond this side of east of the river Nile where melodica & other keyboard devices open the doors of perception. X-Ray Music never sounded so good, so massive, and so wonderful. All aboard this version excursion!
This detail just in straight from Lance’s head: “I started in 1974 on KUSP but first iteration was Satta High which morphed into Roots Rock Reggae at some point in ’76 or ’77. Last show was Aug 29, 2008 I think. So 34 years or so….” Quite a run. Well you can’t run away from yourself seen. Would be nice to see Lance back on the beam soon, the master of the non-style style announcement school. In those early days of KUSP the Santa Crucial boss public radio station was right on the beach so the live sound of the surf could be heard whenever one opened the mic. His bitchin’ vintage tapes, reggae library, & comprehensive Augustus Pablo archive must be heard. Word.
Bob Marley as seen on his VERSUS FUNKSTAR DELUXE (Edel 1999) and SUN IS SHINING THE REMIXES (Tuff Gong/Palm 1999) cd covers, tracks from which are included in my latest metamix SUNS ARE SHINING
Burning daylight is here to back weh all foggy roads & misty mornings with a nineteen track sunny side salute to Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Lee Perry, The Upsetters and many others. In line with Midnight Raver’s Millennial Milestone Fete here’s many great and scarce selections taken from DAT tape and other clean sources ready to melt away all blues and negativity in these trying times. Studio may be kinda cloudy but the speakers and dreadphones beget a brighter forecast. Everyone’s going to see clearly now that the rain is gone and Bob and buds are on the box non-stop, version ‘pon version, disinfecting the stagnant status and finding cracks in everything that need exposure and lightness. Be a rainbow too. To the rescue. Here I and I am. Spring into Summer. Suns are shining!
The first DAT compendium from the Doug Wendt archive to be posted anywhere arrives exclusively through Midnight Raver. Curated, mastered, and sequenced onto Digital Audio Tape in the mid-1990s from original long playing & fairly clean album vinyl sources. Rise and meet Jah. So Jah Jah say. I and I know. The DJs say Amen. Walk with Jah Love. Love Jah with all my heart. Jah me right. Live-icated to Jah.
Here is the first major discovery from the recently uncovered quarter inch reel to reel tape Midnight Dread Archives, a really interesting and vital historical aircheck from 1977 of the now mysterious Lion Zion on the San Francisco Bay Area’s then AM commercial radio soul station giant KDIA. It runs about 24 minutes and brings his music and the message of Jamaica straight to a largely African American audience within a basically Top 40 R&B Hits format. For many Northern California listeners this was the first time they were exposed to the culture and sounds from Jamaica. Listen for the crystal clear philosophy of hope and dignity as presented by Errol ‘Lion Zion’ with recordings of his started at Lee Perry’s Black Ark studio in Kingston, Jamaica with some excellent embellishments added in Oakland. He also spins several other solid examples of conscious roots reggae. Zion answers the question “What is a natty?” and says of KDIA “I know of no other black station that has come this far with Reggae Music.”
“This is not the 21st Century, this is the 3rd Century. Dance the Buffalo!”-Lion Zion