Lost links & Re-ups

On any post, if the link is no longer good, leave a comment if you want the music re-uploaded. As long as I still have the file, or the record, cd, or cassette to re-rip, I will gladly accommodate in a timely manner all such requests.

Slinging tuneage like some fried or otherwise soused short-order cook

18 October 2018

Munch Some Bush

"Cowboys in Africa" has always been one of my pick-me-up songs. The version here is sublime. & their cover of "Cold Turkey"...I say no more.

Bush Tetras - Tetrafied, Thirsty Ear THI21311.2, 1996.
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Punch Drunk
Fess Up
In Mind a Run
Das ah Dub
Dub in the Night
Funky Dub
Cowboys in Africa
Cold Turkey
Boom Lakka Lakka
Make Sure
Stare You Down
Point that Gun
Race for Space
Juana la Gusta
Rare & unreleased recording from 1980 - 1982...tracks 7, 8, 10, 13 - 16 live.

Bush Tetras is: Cynthia Sley - vocals; Pat Place - guitar; Laura Kennedy - bass; & Dee Pop - drums,  compiled by Henry Rollins & Dee Pop.

Make Sure,

14 October 2018

She’s as Beautiful as a Foot

In May 2009 I offered a birthday salutation to a fellow Taurean "Then Cäme the Läst Däys of Mäy". It was called "3 & a half minutes of aural beauty". It featured one of my favorite BÖC tunes, from their initial self-titled album of 1972. The three song set that ends that first side is also one of my favorite chunks of "aural beauty". I decided to post up those three song but when I dug into the BÖC stack, I reacquainted myself with other tunes I had left to another time.

Culled from the first seven Blue Öyster Cult studio albums (primarily the first three "Black & White" releases...by Cultosaurus Erectus I could only really offer up "Divine Wind"). If the band was in decline since the Black & White trilogy, then they went to total shit when Al Bouchard was fired after Fires of Unknown Origins. This compilation ends with the three song set this concept began with....big finish!

She’s as Beautiful as a Foot
ME 262
Divine World
The Red & the Black
This Ain’t the Summer of Love
The Revenge of Vera Gemini
Harvester of Eyes
Joan Crawford
Morning Final
O.D.’d on Life Itself
Death Valley Nights
Sole Survivor
Dominance & Submission
Flaming Telepaths
I Love the Night
Then Came the Last Days of May
Stairway to the Stars
Before the Kiss, a Redcap

Also I have added the band's(???) swansong (IMO) Imaginos. One of the best BÖC albums you probably never heard. The story behind Imaginos is interesting enough to tell here, I believe. If you want the in-depth stuff, check out Imaginos: Cult-album enigma, titanic turd, or both?

The concept of Imaginos was originally created by the young Sandy Pearlman for a collection of poems & scripts called The Soft Doctrines of Immaginos. Pearlman was Blue Öyster Cult's lyricist/producer. Bouchard began writing music for Imaginos following the release of the BÖCs first album in 1972. There were plans as early as 1975 to release a concept album dedicated to Pearlman's scripts, but the material was not ready. All of the songs had been written by 1977. At least four of them ("Astronomy", "In the Presence of Another World", "I Am the One You Warned Me Of", & "Imaginos") were completed & recorded during the sessions for the album Spectres. Demos of the other tracks were recorded by Bouchard & remained in various stages of development during the following years. Two parts of the narrative, "Subhuman" (now entitled "Blue Oyster Cult") & "Astromony" appeared in earlier iterations on 1974s Secret Treaties (last of the Black & White trilogy). By 1981, when work began in earnest on Imaginos, it had become essentially Bouchard’s solo project. Both Bouchard & Pearlman were out of the Cult.

However, as the early Bouchard/Pearlman Imaginos sessions ramped up, the two were joined by Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser, Joe Bouchard, & Allen Lanier along with several other notable guest stars, including Robby Krieger of the Doors (on two tracks, including "Blue Oyster Cult" [the rewrite of "Subhuman"]), Aldo Nova, Kenny Aaronson & Thommy Price (both from the Billy Idol band).

Despite the star power, however, this first mix of Imaginos was summarily rejected by Columbia Records, sending the project further along on its strange odyssey. Pearlman would continue tinkering, adding future Blue Öyster Cult bassist Jon Rogers on vocals for the title track, a young Joe Satriani on "The Siege & Investiture of Baron von Frankenstein's Castle at Weisseria" (the guitarist actually traded for studio time to finish Surfing with the Alien, his 1987 breakthrough), as well as parts from Karl Precoda of the Dream Syndicate, among others. Still more new vocals & guitar parts were added, along with a keyboard overdub by Allen Lanier’s BÖC successor Tommy Zvoncheck. The final version was finally released in 1988.

Blue Öyster Cult - Imaginos, Columbia Records FC 40618, 1988.
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Side 1 -
I am the One You Warned Me Of
Les Invisibles
In the Presence of Another World
Del Rio’s Song
The Siege & Investiture of Baron von Frankenstein’s Castle at Weisseria

Side 2 -
Magna of Illusion
Blue Öyster Cult

Man, this started out as just some Blue Öyster Cult flight of fancy...then it metamorph’d into some entirely different soft doctrine.

After Albert was fired from BÖC in 1981, he returned to work with Sandy Pearlman on the Imaginos project, recording all the basic tracks by 1982. Then Albert brought Joe Bouchard, Allen Lanier, &  Buck Dharma to play certain portions of some of the tracks. By 1984, the Imaginos work was essentially completed. Sandy Pearlman first approached CBS about putting the album together around 1981, & CBS was initially interested in the project. But BÖC basically imploded by 1986.  Now CBS’s only interest was as a new BÖC album with Eric Bloom & Buck Dharma singing lead vocals.

With the band re-forming in mid 1987 without Albert or Joe Bouchard, Albert abandoned the Imaginos project. However, Sandy Pearlman & BÖC went forward with the project, re-doing some of the tracks by early 1988, releasing Imaginos as a Cult album later that year. The original 5 members of the band are credited as performing on the album, along with several other musicians (see section about BÖC - Imaginos).  However, it is not clear how much of a BÖC album it really was, beyond Eric & Buck’s lead vocals.

According to Albert Bouchard, the bulk of the instrumentation credits should go to former Ian Hunter guitarist Tommy Moringiello, former David Johansen guitarist Jack Rigg, Tommy Mandel (keyboards – uncredited on the album), Kenny Aaronson (bass) & Thommy Price (drums) both of Billy Idol band. Tommy Zvoncheck later indicated that most of Tommy Mandel’s keyboard parts were replaced by his own on the Columbia version of Imaginos.

Give these demos a listen if you care about such things...it’s worth it just for the Subhuman Dub ("Blue Oyster Cult (reprise)").

Albert Bouchard & Friends - Imaginos Demos, Al Bouchard studio soundboard, 1981-1984.

I Am the One You Warned Me Of
Gil Blanco County
Del Rio’s Song
Blue Oyster Cult
Les Invisibles
The Girl That Love Made Blind
The Siege & Investiture of Baron von Frankenstein’s Castle at Weisseria
In the Presence of Another World
Blue Oyster Cult (reprise)
Astronomy 1984
Magna of Illusion
Magna of Illusion Chorale

musicians on these demos: Al Bouchard – lead vocals, drums, guitar; Tommy Moringiello – guitars; Jack Rigg – guitars; Phil Grandee – guitar; Tommy Mandel – keyboards; Kenny Aaronson – bass; Thommy Price – drums; & Jon Rogers – additional lead vocal (“I Am The One You Warned Me Of ”) with backing vocalists Jeff Kawalik, Corky Stasiak, Helen Wheels, Glen Bell, Peggy Atkins,  & Casper McCloud

Radios Appear,

06 October 2018

I’m Feelin’ Really Funked Up (Oh My Baby Pussy) Everything Is On The One Up In Here

Last night the Mothership landed & freed my mind. My honkey ass soon followed. Been a while since I laid down any good P-Funk. I’ve been boosting Dub for the last few months to get the biggest bang for my bud. Now I’m slick as any puffin’ viper ever struck a stride. Here’s a quart’ o’ puro FUNK.

Funkadelic - America Eats Its Young 2xLP, Westbound Records 2WB 2020, 1972.
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Side 1 -
You Hit the Nail on the Head
If You Don’t Like the Effects, Don’t Produce the Cause
Everybody is Going to Make it This Time

Side 2 -
A Joyful Process
We Hurt Too
Loose Booty

Side 3 -
America Eats Its Young
Biological Speculation
That Was My Girl

Side 4 -
Miss Lucifer’s Love
Wake Up

Parliament - The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein, Casablanca NBLP 7034, 1976.

Side 1 -
Gamin’ on Ya
Dr. Funkenstein
Children of Production
Getten to Know You

Side 2 -
Do That Stuff
Everything is on the One
I’ve Been Watching You (Move Your Sexy Body)
Funkin’ for Fun

Bootsy’s Rubber Band - Bootsy? Player of the Year, Warner Bros. Records BSK 3093, 1978.

Side 1: Radio Active -
Bootsy? (What’s the Name of This Town)
May the Force Be with You
Very Yes

Side 2: Monster Rock -
Hollywood Squares
As in (I Love You)

Side One -
Never Buy Texas from a Cowboy
I’m Holding You Responsible

Side Two -
Smoke Signals
Mother May I?
Party Up in Here
Didn’t Mean to Fall in Love

As in I Love You,

I Recently Noticed

...a great deal of activity on the Cruising...with Ruben & the Jets post. It’s needed re-upped for a long time now but...doh. I re-ripped it from not-bad-for-50yr-old vinyl at 48,000 HZ 320Kbps so it should sound even better this time than last. If I gots ta du it ova, eyes mite asswell dew eet rite.

I’m starting to funk out. I’ll post the results of that when I shake it all out. Until that time here’s the shout out...no bout adout it.

Here’s the link to the original post where the notice arose..

Later that night...I cried my heart out.

01 October 2018

Grey Poupon Dub

After the great Jamaican Dub diaspora, Dub spread across the globe. It settled in some very unexpected places. The Dub scene in Great Britain is well documented (I’ve certainly posted a large share of On-U Sound / Conscious Sounds). Places like Germany (Dub Spencer & Trance Hill / Umberto Echo), Austria (Dubblestandart / Shalamanda HiFi), Netherlands (Twilight Circus),  France (Art-X / Panda Dub), & Italy (Imperial Sound Army / Alambic Conspiracy) are also happy homes to some fantastic Twenty-first Century Dub.

Original Dub Gathering is a French net-label created by Ondubground, promoting a wide range of music in Roots, Dub, Stepper & Dubstep style, for free & legal download (under Creative Commons license), from various artists around the world. Label name is shortened to ODG Prod.

Full Dub is producer Fabien Romain from Dijon, France.

Full Dub - Hard EP, Original Dub Gathering ODGP136, 2016.

In Your Mind
Speed of Light
Break Your Neck

Full Dub - Heavy EP, Original Dub Gathering ODGP163, 2017

Legendary Horn featuring Soulprodz
The Wall
Heavy Breaking

Full on Dub,

23 September 2018

Burn Your Fun

HG & TB are: Holly Golightly - guitar, banjo, & vocals; & Lawyer Dave Drake - guitar, other things with strings, percussion, & vocals.

Damaged Goods DAMGOOD 315-LP, 2008.
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Side 1 -
Bottom Below
Up off the Floor
Burn Your Fun
Slow Road
My 45
Cluck Old Hen
Indeed You Do

Side 2 -
Gettin’ High for Jesus
Three Times Under
Accuse Me
Boat’s up the River
For All This
I Wanna Hug Ya, Kiss Ya, Squeeze Ya


15 September 2018

In Cold Blood

I'm knee deep in it right now. Three genos of Kush & the Green Krack chopped so far. Three genos of Tomorrowland & Steve'a Sativa still to go. First time trying Aphrodite's Extraction, Flawless Finish, & Boveda 62%. So far, extremely excellent results. The terpenes are through the roof & the drying is much more controlled. Best ever. This has to be short but guaranteed sweet.

Back on March 19, 2015 I posted an entry called Essential. It was a dub mix of Essential tuneage for a Thursday to usher in the weekend. In a reply to a commenter I mentioned two Essential discs from Skin, Flesh, & Bones: Fighting Dub produced by Lloyd "Spiderman" Campbell; & Dub in Blood produced by Phil Pratt recorded at Channel One Recording Studio.

On April 26, I posted Fighting Dub as a birthday tribute to Brother Ib. I never seem to have got around to Dub in Blood, which leads full circle back to the beginning ala Finnegans Wake. Dub in Blood is IMO one of the most Essential & yet under-rated albums in Dub. Give it a deep listen for the REAL sound of Dub. I promised sweet...from the very first moments of "Dub in Blood" to the final fantastic surprise ending.  Jah Jah Jah Jah Jah RasTafari-i-i-i-i.

Skin, Flesh, & Bones - Dub in Blood, Sunshot SS005LP, 1976.
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Side One -
Dub in Blood
Skin Dub
Flesh Dub
Bones Dub
Heart Dub

Side Two -
Dub to the Vein
Injection in Dub
Syringe Dub
Doctor Dub
Medicine Dub

bonus jams that I'm hittin' hard right now...

This is basically the Susan Cadogan album from 1975 with bonus tracks. Here are those bonus tracks. You figure it out, puzzle solvers!

Susan Cadogan - Hurts So Good, Trojan Records TJCCD087, 2003.

Bonus Tracks -
Hurts So Good (single version)
Loving is Good
Dub It - The Upsetters
Fever - Junior Byles
Influenza Version - The Upsetters
Lick the Pipe Peter Part 4 - Jah T
Hot & Cold Version - Augustus Pablo & the Upsetters
This World - Milton Henry
Rub A Dub - The Upsetters


01 September 2018


These tickled my earholes while I was doing the DubHead thing. Presented in chronological order...

All Nation Rockers - Rockers Arise 12" , Sound 'N' Pressure SNP 002, 1993.

This Side -
Travelling version

Other Side -
Rockers Arise
Rockers version

A.N.R. - Once Inna Dubtime 12", Sound 'N' Pressure SP 004, 1995.

This Side -
Talking Dreads version
Ruud Boy Sweeps in the Rebound version

That Side -
Once Inna Dubtime

Armagideon Sounds ASCD 003, 1995.
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Steppin’ Forward -
Zion I
Eternal Combustion
Heartical Vibes
Weakheart Drop
Hi Fibre
Not Only You
Cosmic Thread

Natural Elements Dub -
Mother Earth
Herbal Input
Free Spirit
Moving Air
Blazing Fire
Eastern Dawn
Galactic Travel
Joyous Arising Intro

Culture Freeman - Dread Inna Babylon, Conscious Sounds DNC 703, 1996.

A Side -
Dread Inna Babylon (Culture Freeman)

B Side -
Dread Inna Babylon Dub (The Bush Chemists)

Dangerous Dub
Tehilim (Psalms 30 & 47)
Meditation Rock
Zion Valley
Selassie I Highway
Meditation Rock (Horns version)
Yom Kippur
Trail Dub
4 Minute Dub
Voices Dub
Rimshot Get Clap
Playfool Dub
Mighty Sphinx Dub

Etherealites - Under the Influence, Dubmission Records uti001, 1999.

Logo Side -
La Bleu
La Dub
Dark Star (Part 1)

Text Side -
Dark Star (Part 2)
Theme Dub
Dub Theme

A Little Rain Must Fall
A Little version
Water Off a Ducks Back
Sweet as a Nut
How Are the Mighty Fallen
Wood of Life
Lignum Vitae
Middle Platt Skank
Gure Ametsa (Our Dream)
Barking Up the Wrong Tree
Far as the I Can See


26 August 2018

The Return of the (God)DubHead

By 2004 when Shake the Nation: A New Breed of Dub was released, Dubhead had already shot their load, IMO. They only pulled together 15 tracks as opposed to the 16 tracks they offered on the first three New Breed comps.

Most of their A-team Dubsters were MIA, having gone on to various other labels or projects: Nick Manasseh & Etherealites - Roots Garden; Ryan Moore (Twilight Circus) - Twilight Circus Dub Sound System; Centry, Music Family, Bush Chemists, Singer Blue, King General,  (all under the wing of the fantastic Dougie ‘Conscious’ Wardrop - East meets West, Hydroponics, The Dub Specialists) - Conscious Sound; Hi Tech Roots Dynamics (teamed with Martin Campbell) - Log On! & Channel One (UK); Mungos Hi-Fi - Scotch Bonnet; & Zion Train - Universal Egg.

These following Soundclash Sessions are from the more fertile 1999/2000 period with a healthy dose of the above mentioned artists. I’ll feature some of the individual acts in the next post. Since I’ve already touched on some of the sweet sounds of Conscious Sound, Roots Garden, & Twilight Circus, I’ll try to offer some less well known but equally righteous musick. But for now, my final Dudhead compilation.

Various - Dubhead Soundclash Series Session One, Dubhead DBHD 012CD, 1999.
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Shaka Dub Plate - Twilight Circus
Jah Come - Messenjah
Get Conscious - Bush Chemists
Top Line Special - The I-Tones
Rejection (Festival mix) - Iration Steppas
Silence - Dub Specialist
Kik Loop 16 - Twilight Circus
Give a Helping Dub - Messenjah
Live Up - Bush Chemists
De Jah Vu - The I-Tones
Tribesman Dub (Dubplate Dub Dat mix) - Iration Steppas
My Thang - Dub Specialists

Spirals of Dub - Urban Dub
Bitch Licks - Mad Professor
Sea Otter - Zion Train
Barking up the Wrong Tree (Bullseye mix) - The Love Grocer
Ahisma - Vibronics
Skenga Dubwise 3 - Manasseh
Everywhere I Go - Urban Dub
Jaffa Dub - Mad Professor
Trancedub 3 - Zion Train
Gure Ametsa - The Love Grocer
Samsara - Vibronics
Underground Dub - Manasseh


19 August 2018

36 Chambers Nike Dunk High

I have two more releases from Dubhead (Soundclash Series 1 & 2) & all the Dububerflow from those postings (All Nation Rockers, The Love Grocer, Etherealites & three more), but this just happened to come up.

Guess that pungent aroma is Morcheeba wafting on the breeze. Aid00 over at Welcome to Wherever You Are blog just posted several Morcheeba items.

 A few years back, I posted up Morcheeba’s Part of the Process. That posting got a big response (even two heads-up from Brotherhood of Dub OGs Ib & Jonder, both non-triphoppers) & one commenter hinted at more...well...cheeba as well as a request for Sneaker Pimps Becoming X. Sneaker Pimps are in my top ten trip-hop bands, but I felt at the time that Becoming was quite readily available elsewhere & so declined to follow up on the request. I briefly considered posting up Becoming RemiXed, but decided it was also around the interweb, so...

The other day I was reading an article about the Beastie Boys & their X-Large & sneaker love. The article used the term "sneaker pimp" to describe some nameless individual the Boys paid to dig for old-skool deadstock tennies. This leads full-circle back to Sneaker Pimps. According to Chris Corner (guitar, synthesizer, vocals), the band  took their name from said article.

Becoming X was SP's most popular release, due in large to the vocal stylings of Kelli Dayton. After the Becoming X tour, there was a parting of the ways between the boys (Corner, Howe, Pikering et. al) & Kelli. Splinter followed in 1999 & Bloodsport in 2001. Bloodsport has many of my favorite tracks, including the hyper-great "Loretta Young Silks".

Here is the album version of that song from Bloodsport, a trio of acoustic versions of other SP tunes, & the previously unreleased "Miami Counting".

Sneaker Pimps - Loretta Young Silks, Splinter Industries SP007CD, 2002.
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Loretta Young Silks (Album version)
Empathy Low (acoustic)
M'aidez (acoustic)
Loretta Young Silks (acoustic)
Miami Counting

When SP were putting the finishing touches on Becoming X, they were still in search of a female vocalist. In a bar in Birmingham, they heard the band The Lumieres, a proto-pixie-punk group.
Kelli Dayton was the singer, songwriter, & guitar player. They talked her into working with them & Becoming X was the result.

Here is an ultra-rare three-track seven inch single from The Lumieres.

Side A -
Cinder Hearts

Side B -
Starry Eyes
In the Blue (Special Murder Version)

Kelli Dayton has been using her father's last name Ali for her solo releases since leaving the Pimps. Here is her second solo release (I wanted to post this but couldn’t resist the super hot cover from Tigermouth above).

Kelli Ali - Psychic Cat, One Little Indian US OLI335, 2004.

Hot Lips
Psychic Cat
Home Honey I’m High
In Praise of Shadows
Graffiti Boy
Last Boy on Earth

Back to the Sneaker Pimps.

Here is the SP4 demos from 2004. This was originally given to a record label, only to be refused thus making it unreleased. It's initial name was Recall, but was altered to SP4. This rejected fourth album was released on the Sneaker Pimps website, back when it was functioning.

Sneaker Pimps - SP4, not on a label, 2004

First & Careless Rapture
This Will Make You Love Again
Song of Imaginary Beings
One Method
Ma Fille Concrete
Kiss & Swallow
Naked but Safe

Many of the songs on this album were reworked for the first two IAMX albums. Chris Corner was becoming X, now he is...I AM X he declares. Taken from Kiss & Swallow / The Alternative, IAMX's first two releases, the I am X versions of SP4 tunes (plus two bonus tracks).

This Will Make You Love Again
Song of Imaginary Beings - The Alternative

Kiss & Swallow
I Polaroids
Naked but Safe - Kiss & Swallow

Song of Imaginary Beings (instrumental)
Kiss & Swallow (Moonbootica mix)

Back in 2005/2006, a music player was found in a Russian bar, it contained seven tracks which were suspected to be from the Sneaker Pimps. The tracks circulated the web for years with uncertainty, but several years ago, Liam Howe (keyboards) confirmed that they are indeed SP tunes. Howe referred to them as The Magnificent Seven. The vocalist on the tracks remains unknown. Here is the mp3 rip of the album.

Sun Ate the Moon
The Shutdown
Girl in a Box


11 August 2018

All Shook Up

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Impact - The Dub Project
Cunjamal - Urban Dub featuring Fairshare Unity Sound
Jah Will Never Let I Down Dub - Sir Larsie I
Dinosaur - Vibronics
Circle Dub - Brain Damage
Revelations Dub - Iration Steppas
Everyone Dub - SISM-X
Centipede - Infantry Rockers
Burn Baby Burn - Dubphonic
Blessed & Dubbed - Sound Imperium
Roots Exotica - Trial Production
Temptation Island Dub - AB-10
Rockers Delight - Nucleus Roots
Spiritual Dub - Jah Warrior
Dub is What We Need - Twilight Circus Dub Sound System


04 August 2018

Nothin' 2 C Here, Keep Moving

Various - A New Breed of Dub Issue Three, Dubhead DBHD 025CD, 2002.
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The Truth Dub - Mungo’s Hi-Fi featuring Brother Culture
Under the Stars - Lover Grocer
Keep Moving Dub - Twilight Circus
Hard Time Pressure in a Babylon - Iration Steppas
Space Station Zion - Dubclash
Backs Against the Wall - Bush Chemists
Embers - Etherealites
Big Foot - Urban Dub
Skadroponics Dub - Hydroponics
Wickedness Version - Mungo’s Hi-Fi featuring Brother Culture
Firing the Phasers - Music Family
Trance Dub 3 - Zion Train
My Sound - Hydroponics & Singer Blue
Push Harder - Goldmaster Allstars
Set a New Course - Dubclash
A Little Version - Love Grocer featuring Cheshire Cat


31 July 2018

Last Call Pub is Really Dub

Various - A New Breed of Dub Issue Two, Dubhead DBHD 017CD, 2000.
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Trinity - Twilight Circus
Mr. Politician - Messenjah
Rocker Dub - The Bush Chemists
Niyim One Drop - Hydroponics
A Little Rain - Cool Breeze Sound System
Rejection (Festival mix) - Iration Steppas
Last Call Pub (sic) - Manasseh
Garage Dub - The Truth
Rasta - Culture Freeman & The Bush Chemists
Dragon Dub - Urban Dub
Bord - Twilight Circus
Big Mouth - Music Family
Dubbing Places - The Bush Chemists
Dubutainment - Armagideon
Release the Chains - Centry meets Music Family
United - Dub Specialists


29 July 2018

Take Heed

For all you lurkers & leechers, if you're not much into the Brotherhood of Dub, this'll probably be a good time for a toilet break or a short nap. I'm bringing this years girls to fruition, so I have Dub blasting full-time. The young ladies can't  hear but they sure can feel the drums & bass so I give them a continuous diet of Dubwise. If it's good enough for them, then it's damn well good enough for this here juke joint.

16 track sampler from the makers of Dubhead.

Various - A New Breed of Dub, Dubhead DBHD 001CD, 1997.
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Strickley Roots - The Truth
Astral Flame - The Disciples
Heavy Dub - Dub Specialists
Firing Dub - The Bush Chemists
Over the Rainbow - East meets West
Conflict - Dub Gheckp
Meditation Rock (Horns version) - Jonah Dan
Take Heed - Armagideon
007 Dub - Dubplate Vibe Crew
Brain Damage - Iration Steppas meet D. Rootical
Tokyo Dub - Hi Tech Roots Dynamics
Hot Stepper Dub - King General
Right from Wrong - Dub Specialists
Falasha Dub - Jah Warrior
Dub Outernational - East meets West
Talking Dubheadz - All Nation Rockers


21 July 2018

In the Ol’ Family Tradition

One of our neighbors found three abandoned new-born kittens (about two weeks old) in the crawlspace under his porch. Black Dahli opened her humongous heart & volunteered us to foster one of the little suckers. So now we're bottle feeding Dusty Crusty Punk (we determined he was a small black male after we removed dust-balls bigger than he from his filthy coat - the name just appeared). This is a round the clock task for BD, Lao Elanya, & moi, so I haven't had any time for this here web-log. That said, here's the Dub I'm Dubbin' at the Casa Nada at the present.

This here is the 1980 re-release of the 1977 smash hit Tradition in Dub. Only the names had been changed to bend your mind a bit. Trillin’!

Tradition here are: Les McNeil - vocals; Chris "Buff Head" Henry - guitar; Paul "Echo" Thompson - keyboards & vocals; Paul Dawkins - bass; & Tony "Drummie" Matthews - drums.

Recorded at Gooseberry Sound Studio. Produced by David Tyrone

Tradition - High Risk Dub, Venture Records CUT 6, 1980.
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The In Side -

Groove One - Entrance Fee
Groove To -  Nasal Passage
Groove Tree - Intermediate Level
Groove For - Caucasian Occasion
Groove Sink - Tea Time

The Out Side -

Groove Sicks - There a Lot of it About
Groove Severn - Not as Easy as it Seems
Groove Ate - It Wasn’t Quite what I Expected
Groove Nein - All Comes Out in the Wash
Groove Off - I Thought it Would Never End

Dub fer the week-end,

08 July 2018

Dread Pon Some, Jah Love Pon Bim

Bim Sherman (born Jarret Lloyd Vincent - February 2, 1950 in Westmoreland, Jamaica) was a musician & singer-songwriter hailed as "reggae's sweetest voice". Bim was gifted with a haunting, ethereal voice that reached into the very heart of his listeners.

Bim Sherman did not ascribe his love of music to any one person but rather to his family, with whom he would attend church services & Sunday school. But as he became older, he began going to the local dancehalls:

"I always knew I could make the music, ever since I was small and it was all I wanted to do. I remember growing up and listening to it, singing along with it and feeling the power of it, which is the other side of roots, and feeling light-headed"

In the early seventies the young Sherman swapped trades from fisherman to electrician when he moved in with one of his brothers in central Kingston. His closest musical friends were Keith Porter & Ronnie Davis, who would go on to form the respected vocal group the Itals, but his first recording experience was with his early mentor Gladstone 'Gladdy' Anderson at the famous Treasure Isle studios. Things did not work out as well as he hoped there, or as Bim once so eloquently put it:

"things just go boof!"

In 1975 his first single to be released was "100 Year" b/w "100 Year version" which was cut at the Federal studio with Sid Bucknor as the engineer, produced by one Jarrett Tomlinson (aka Bim Sherman) & released on Micron Music Limited. "Love Forever" followed the same year, a self-financed affair on the Elements label with the Soul Syndicate band. Then came a string of tunes now recognized as reggae roots classics on Sherman's own Scorpio, Red Sea, & Sun Dew imprints ("Valley of Tears", "Tribulation", "Golden Locks", "World Go Round" & many others). These singles met with a degree of local success & appreciation which convinced Bim to continue, but in Jamaica there was always too much pressure:

"Lots of people like Randy's or Joe Gibbs want to record me, and even producers before them like Coxsone (Dodd). But its not easy in JA to get what you want out of recording and those people have a range of tricks they use to oppress you..."

Bim's first full-length album Love Forever (billed as Bim Shierman) was released on the Tribes  Man Records label, produced by Bim & Jah Lloyd, & included the title tune plus nine other previous Jamaican singles. Jah Lloyd was Lloyd Blackford, who was born in Morant Bay, Jamaica & had moved to the UK in 1961 to start Sir Coxsone Outernational, an extremely successful UK Sound System named after Jamaica's Coxsone Dodd.

Like so many other young Jamaicans in the 70s (& with encouragement from Jah Lloyd), Sherman decided to try his luck in the UK after the end of 1979s Roots Encounter tour (where he performed alongside Prince Far I, Creation Rebel, & Prince Hammer).

He moved to London where he started a friendship & business relationship with the young maverick music producer Adrian Sherwood, a long-time admirer of the singer.

Regarding Bim Sherman, Adrian Sherwood sez:

"All great singers and vocalists have one thing in common - their voice stands out like a uniquely tuned instrument that only one person can play. Bim Sherman was a singer/songwriter with a truly golden tone.  I have been throughout his whole career a huge fan. I first heard one of Bim's songs while working in PAMA records Soundville Shop in Harlesden, London, in the mid 70s ... His was like a voice from the wilderness, the lyrics and fragile power ensured that in every subsequent batch of imports I was looking out for a new Sherman record. I wasn't disappointed."

Adrian went on to buy all of the 7" pre-releases which featured the voice of Bim Sherman. It was during this time that Sherwood was developing his business collaboration with the heavyweight Jamaican DJ Prince Far I. He encouraged Prince Far I to hook up with Sherman for recording purposes. Eventually tunes such as "Down in Jamdown" (HIT DD 12) with Jah Lion & "Love Jah Only" (HIT DD II) with Jah Buzz came into the UK on the Hitrun label, a partnership venture between the young English producer Sherwood & the veteran Jamaican toaster Far I.

As part of the post-punk reggae infatuation, Bim made a name for himself recording on Sherwood's On-U Sound label. He became part of various musical collectives associated with On-U Sound, such as New Age Steppers (teamed with Ari Up, formerly of The Slits), Gary Clail & Tackhead, Singers & Players (with Congo Ashanti Roy & Prince Far-I ), Akabu, Japan's Audio Active, Sabres of Paradise, Groove Corporation, Bomb the Bass, Dub Syndicate, & Justice League of Zion.

In September 2000, Bim was diagnosed with cancer & succumbed to it on November 17, 2000 in London. His voice, song-writing, & impeccable class will never be duplicated but can be easily appreciated through his bountiful output.  

Here's an early one I've always loved. Hope you do to...

Yard International YI 05, 1979.
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A Side -
It Must Be a Dream
Dreaming (Dub)
If I Can Make It
Make It (Dub)
Lamb of Judah
Judah (Dub)

B Side -
Dread Pan Some
Dread (Dub)
Tonight (Dub)
Power Chant
Chant (Dub)

A Side is Bim Sherman
B Side 1 & 2 is Bim & U. Black, 3 is Horace Andy, 4 & 5 is U. Black.
Mixed by Prince Jammy & produced by Jah Woosh.

Enjoy the heavy heavy soundz,

04 July 2018

Unknown Cases of Leftovers

As this Pickwick Records presents: The Very Best(?) of Neu Wave series grinds to a halt (to never hear New Order, OMD, Flock o' Seagulls & their ilk evermore - so glad I was a punker, not a waver when this mess was danced around - Simple Minds actually weren’t so bad), I have a doggie bag of leftovers that I’ll dump here. Good diggin’...good eatin’.

Appetizer: w/ Blaine L. Reininger; Luc Van Acker; & Virginia Astley...

Anna Domino - East & West, Les Disques Du Crépuscule ‎– TWI 187, 1984.
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Side One -
With the Day Comes the Dawn
Land of My Dreams

Side Two -
Everyday, I Don't
Trust, in Love

The Cassandra Complex - Grenade cassette, Rouska CXUS 001, 1986.

Side C -
March 86
Presents (Come of Age)

Side X -
Report from the Back
Prairie Bitch


The Unknown Cases - Cuba, Day-Glo DGCD 42, 1995.

The Traveller
Stop the Madness
Masimba Bele
(I'm an) Unknown Case
If You Want Me to Stay
Nenem Auryn
She Knows It
Bogota Boogie (Dub) [written by Don Van Vliedt]
Travel to the Center of Paradise
Monkey Chant
Dal Martino

Main Course

Fra Lippo Lippi - In Silence, Uniton Records UNITON 003, 1981.

Side 1 -
Out of the Ruins
A Moment like This
In Silence

Side 2 -
The Inside Veil
I Know


Crash Course in Science - Cakes in the Home 7", GO GO Records GO GO 004, 1979.

Side A -
Cakes in the Home

Side B -
Kitchen Motors
Mechanical Breakdown

Th-th-aaattss all,