Wonder coming to town! Where’s Bob? Masterblaster staying alive. The Cimarons march down Ken Boothe’s “Freedom Street”. Sly Dunbar plays “Mr. Music” and the thundering herd gets spooked sparking a runaway riddim flight complete with Aswad’s latest “Dub Charge” remix 12″ and Don Drummond with Drumbago pounding out another serious kind of “Stampede”. A starkly strange stereo mix (on Maroon Records) of “Stand Alone” (“There You Are”) from Bob Marley & The Wailers Upsetter period keeps hope lively upped. It clears the way for Alton’s “Still In Love” and the brand new Mikey Dread masterwork with Edi Fitzroy “Moonlight Lover” / “Freelancer” where Mikey references his radio operator skills amidst his custom Midnight Dread drops that pepper alla its programs. Jamaican born lead singer M. Al Azeem drops in to reason and preview several tracks from his new lp recorded in Oakland CA with Session, a foundational San Francisco Bay Area reggae band formerly known as Legs. Their first lp’s called “See Up Azeem” and features Sly on a coupla tracks:
After the Azeem interview and sounds and just before Jah Minstrels sing ‘Itality!’ ending Part One of this radio aircheck in their latest tune “African Roots” Peter Broggs gives major drum & bass thanks & praises with his landmark “Never Forget Jah”:
Yes I. Not only is Stevie Wonder coming to the Cow Palace but Culture’s coming to The Key Stones and Joe Higgs & The Mighty Diamonds are due at the Old Waldorf in North Beach. Early December 1980 is a glorious time. Travel there through audio and catch the vibe.
Thanksgiving 1980. Thatcher & Reagan gear up their voodoo pon economy & society as they gleefully prime the greed pump. Kiss a strong middle class goodbye. System cream them. Media go off topic & stay there. Classic conscious progressive roots reggae stands firm. By 2013 working poor sufferers offer insight into what it’s like to be a human cork that finds itself in an economic dysfunctional whirlpool where those on top can’t muster the willpower to control themselves or even toss a life saver. Midnight Dread does lifeline though & never stops. This freshly digitized unheard since original broadcast fires off many new releases beginning with Zap Pow’s adept admonition “Be Cool” and its dub “Cooler Cool”:
Listen up for a radio mix of “Draw Your Brakes” plus Gregory’s “Slave Driver”, The Selecter’s “Train To Skaville” re-up, The Ovations & Mikey Dread’s massive “Shy Girl” & Bobby Floyd’s cover of the Sam Cooke chestnut “You Send Me” backbeated into super shape. After the Reggae Beat Calendar tells of upcoming local San Francisco Bay Area shows with The Mighty Diamonds, Joe Higgs, Earl Zero & others The Diamond’s latest 45 paves the airwaves with “Don’t Want War” which starts a set of hunger pangs for communion & food including Tetrack & A. Pablo’s “Let’s Get Together / Black Ants Lane Dub” JA footlong before there’s a “Belly Full” of chuckin’ to Jah music with Bob, I-3s, & Wailers leading into Familyman-plays-all-instruments productions like Nadine Sutherland’s “Hungry Dub” & Fam’s JUVENILE DELINQUENT Clappers lp featuring Sena’s “Natural Woman”:
A hungry man is an angry man so dance to Jah music. The Gladiators also know all about the “Ease Squeeze”. The I Threes’ new single “Precious World” spins hope before Rocking Horse hard-knocks I & I up with their five star skank “Hard Time” which Toots amens with the anthemic Maytals masterpiece “Time Tough”. Plus Don Drummond, Roy Shirley, Slim Smith, The Uniques, & LKJ – just another set of mindful sufferahs speaking uncomfortable truths to the commoners & the compliant complacent whose bank accounts & protruding stomachs are always…
33 years ahead Midnight Dread gives thanks. Reggae gives the people what they want. Blessings up.
The mini-mix included here features my favorite dub selections from the Dub Prescription LP. Riddims produced by Roy Cousins and mixed by Peter Chemist at Harry J’s.
A top ranking dub LP for sure…
1. Red Stripe Dub (Version of “Declaration of Rights” by Carlos & Gold) 2. Ackee & Saltfish Dub (Version of “Never Run Away” by Carlos & Gold) 3. Roots Dub (Version of “Them Say” by Don Carlos) 4. Good Woman Dub (Version of “Mr. Brown” by Gregory Isaacs)
33 Years ahead Midnight Dread uncorks another scorchin’ set of chunes with this education through music around the reggae world in 80 minutes segment from late September 1980. Mention is made of Bob Marley still being expected to be out on tour with Stevie Wonder in a coupla weeks as news of Skip’s sudden debilitating illness remains fairly well hidden. From Scotty’s “Sesame Street” to Petah’s “You Can’t Blame The Youth”, The Mighty Diamonds “No Opportunity For The Youth”, & Jimmy Riley’s fierce “Tell The Youths The Truth” backbeat sounds take no prisoners only lovers. The Heptones are on the “Road Of Life” with Bob Marley providing “Work” as Desmond Dekker joins in a well charged “Workout” with The Pioneers. Along the way Bunny Wailer serves up his recent singed singles “Tugawar Game” & “Crucial” while I & Neville’s eye keep getting dreader than dreader:
Bim! Listen up for King Perry, Upsetters, Lyn Taitt & The Jets, a new single from Nadine Sutherland, a wicked youthful 16 year old Scientist fresh dub-out, a Living Dub from Winston Rodney the Burning Spear, Dillinger live in London in 1978 performing “Woody Woodpecker” plus The Overnight Players off their Babylon Destruction album hailing up “Toussaint L’Ouverture” arriving like an atomic blast; all adding up shots of inoculation for a very lively-upped time machine riddim parade. Gone clear without any apology.
Another exclusive dub selections mix from MIDNIGHT RAVER. I go way back with this one. The mix opens with Clive Chin’s foundation dub killer “Ordinary Version” by the Impact All-Stars (“Forward the bass!”). I drop a monster Lee “Scratch” Perry headbanger from Blackboard Jungle Dub titled “Khasha Macka.” Pure dreada dub with murderous foundation dub tracks from Gladstone Anderson’s Peace Pipe Dub LP, a monster version from the great Burning Spear, three blazing versions from Prince Far-I in Dub, and I round out the mix with a triple dub shot from the Heptones featuring the Wailers All-Stars.
Impact All-Stars – Ordinary Version Dub Impact All-Stars – Guiding Dub Lee “Scratch” Perry – Khasha Macka Gladstone Anderson – War Dance Dub Gladstone Anderson – Pocco Dub Burning Spear – Cry Blood Africans Michael Prophet – Love and Unity Scientist – Your Teeth In My Neck Prince Far-I – Anambra Dub Prince Far-I – Kaduna Dub Prince Far-I – Bendel Dub Don Carlos – Declaration of Dub Barrington Levy – Hammer (Version) Mikey Dread – Ancestral Dub Lee “Scratch” Perry – Black Panta Burning Spear – World Dub (Bad To Worst) Jack Ruby & Errol Thompson – Dub In Time Augustus Pablo – Israel In Dub Heptones feat. The Wailers – Hill and Dub Heptones feat. The Wailers – Rasta Dub Heptones feat. The Wailers – Mama Say Dub